Award-winning SIP Construction; Blue Wave On The Bay

Posted by Roberta Bartel on August 27, 2019

2018 SIPA Building Excellence 1st Place Award Winner - Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Buildings under 10,000 sq. ft.
Blue Wave on the Bay, Ashland, WI - SIPs by Enercept.

Blue Wave is home to a Restaurant, Retail Sports Store, and Upscale five room hotel.

Blue Wave Aerial view - Copy

Blue Wave on The Bay was a combination of steel, heavy timber and SIP construction. The design/engineering company was able to take on an eclectic and experimental approach to the use of SIPs in conjunction with steel and wood. According to the builder, "The creative potential of SIPs becomes huge when you start thinking about how to hang them from the ceiling."
The architecturally unique building was designed to honor historical icons from the Ashland, WI and
Chequamegon Bay areas. Blue Wave is designed to look like a ship.

The building was constructed with 24,440 sq. ft. of SIP panels. A second, smaller storage building (Mini Blue Wave) was built in a similar design using 2,984 sq. ft. of panels.

blue wave 3 9-11-14The builder/designer (C & S Design and Engineering) had good experiences with SIP construction in the past, so they encouraged the owner to utilize SIP construction for Blue Wave on the Bay. Blue Wave provided Brian Hagstrom and Steve Schraufnagel their first opportunity to have freedom to test the sculptural potential of a SIP construction.




  • Date Completed:  June 1, 2015
  • Dimensions of building:  Irregular 
  • Total sq. ft. of conditioned space:  9,800 sq. ft.
  • SIP wall thickness and core material:  8" EPS SIP wall panels
  • SIP roof thickness and core material:  14" EPS SIP roof panels
  • Built and Designed by:  C & S Design and Engineering, Ashland, WI
BW coffee house 1 blueWave on Bay  

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Structural Insulated Panels, SIPA Building Excellence Awards