“Jim Otto has provided GMIA superior architectural services for GMIA, ranging from code reviews to major remodeling to new buildings. His attention to the details, in advance, results in few surprises and few change orders. We always believed we received excellent value from Jim’s expertise.”

Barry Bateman, A.A.E.
Airport Director – Retired
General Mitchell International Airport


“I have had the opportunity over the last twenty months to work with Jim on the 1 West Wilson Envelope Restoration in Madison Wisconsin. The restoration of this historic landmark was of vital interest to the State of Wisconsin and they selected Jim as part of the A/E team, placing their trust in him. They expected careful consideration of the historic aspects of the building, meticulous architectural detailing, and a solid knowledge of the period masonry techniques.
What the state received was a whole lot more. Jim brought his passion for the built environment. He relentlessly strove for quality and craftsmanship at the highest levels. At the same time, we found that he was always listening to the perspectives of the owner, other consultants, and the trades as we worked our way thru the ongoing decision processes that are part of all construction projects.
As a contractor, I found Jim willing to do what it takes to make sure that information was always available to build the project on an effective time line. Restorations involve and ever changing scope with the uncertainty of what is buried beneath the surface. Reaction, communication, and diligence on Jim’s part were key elements in the team’s success.”

Neal Day
Project Manager
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.


“I have worked with James G. Otto Architect LLC on a variety of state owned buildings, including historic properties and repair of masonry facades, the most recent being the exterior renovation of the 1 W. Wilson State Office Building in Madison, Wisconsin, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Throughout the project life cycle Jim has consistently managed his contract work in a professional and self-directed manner. He has demonstrated substantial knowledge, experience and attention to detail in executing the repair work on historic masonry facades. Jim has always been sensitive to client needs to ensure a successful outcome on projects. He is an excellent problem solver and contributes valuable guidance to owners and contractors when resolving difficult issues.”

Owen Landsverk
Project Manager
State of Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development