Inside the Building

Inside the Building

Throughout the course of 10 public meetings, south Wood County residents prioritized the following future uses for the Tribune. Learn more about the building's floor plans, art, and sustainability below.
Floor Plans
  • Training Microbrewery
  • MakersKitchen
  • Cafe/Brewpub
  • Partnership for Sustainable Communities- Innovation & Collaboration Space
  • Flexible Space
  • Meeting Room
  • Rooftop Lounge
  • Welcome Center/Retail Shop


How will the renovated building look? Find out here.

The Tribune will serve as a “community accelerator” – accelerating economic growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, learning, creativity, and connections for community benefit. Read the comprehensive summary and design update here.

Art in the Building

In January 2015, Incourage released a Request for Qualifications for permanent art installations in and around the building. This opportunity, made possible through a creative placemaking grant from ArtPlace America, resulted in 111 qualified submissions. Of the 111 submissions, 17 advancing artists were invited to attend an orientation in Wisconsin Rapids. There, they toured both the Tribune and surrounding area, and collaborated with other artists. Final proposals were submitted in March 2015.

In April 2015, seven of the artists’ proposals were selected. Of the seven artists and artist teams, three are from Wisconsin and four currently reside in or have a direct connection to south Wood County. We’re very excited by the composition of the entire collection, which brings expertise and perspective into the community, while including local talent. The seven artists and the medium of their proposals are:

  • August & Boleslaw Kochanowski of Junction City, WI : Cranberry Bog (Steel Handrail)
  • Jan Norsetter of Verona, WI : Landscape Oil Paintings
  • Jonathon Engelien of St. Paul, MN : Colored Intaglio Prints / Papermaking
  • Joshua Wiener of Boulder, CO : Navigation (Projection Sails on the walking path into the building)
  • Norman Lee & Shane Allbritton of Houston, TX : Stained & Mitered Timber Image
  • Steve Kipfer of Wisconsin Rapids : “3D Cranberry World a Bee Sees” image featuring glass hexagonal pieces
  • A Wisconsin Team, led by Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools teacher Jeanine Kleman (Almond) and artist Tom Grade (Menasha), and engaging local school districts’ art departments. Additional artists on the team include: Kimberly Hansen (Stevens Point), Dana Rice (Port Edwards), and from Wisconsin Rapids – Brooke Neubauer, Val Tonn, Connie Henke, Patricia Larson, Dustin Anderson, Mary Sculley, and Sharon Aiken-Bruha. The team’s piece is entitled “Our Story, A Community Project Through Handmade Paper”.

Check out a short video of the progress here!


LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. According to the United States Green Building Council:

“To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. There are four levels of certification. The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification it will receive. Typical certification thresholds are Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), and Platinum (80+ points).”

Recognizing the many benefits of incorporating environmental sustainability into the Tribune, Incourage is pursuing LEED Gold certification. The key elements of this design include: Geothermal Energy System, Photovoltaic Solar Panels, LED Lighting Fixtures and Control, Building Management System, Energy Recovery, Building Envelope, and Site Design.

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