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Abacus Architects promotes Eric Halbur

Abacus Architects is proud to announce that Eric Halbur is now officially an Owner of Abacus Architects, Inc. Eric’s leadership is displayed daily  as a Designer, Project Manager and Office Manager of our Milwaukee office . Eric represents the Abacus brand well, and will be an important part of the Abacus Team today and well into the future. Please join us in congratulating Eric on a job well done, and that we can now add “Principal” to his Business card!!!

ABOUT ERIC

Joining Abacus Architects in 2013, Eric has a strong affinity for design and creating something that doesn’t yet exist. Eric has also been a leader in implementing the firm’s software technology, which he utilizes extensively in his role as a project manager. His creative approach involves listening to the client’s wishes, then developing design options that both meet expectations and push beyond them. Exploration is critical to Eric for not missing a detail or a direction that might make a difference. Overall, Eric strives to make the process enjoyable for clients. He understands that they are making a significant investment in their new building; all the more reason for it to be a pleasurable experience.

RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

Designing buildings that connect with people and places.

Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal.

Firm History

In 2003, three architects and a civil engineer got together to build on an idea: An architectural firm of employee owners vested in the company’s success. A firm inspired by client priorities, not architect egos. A firm where people come first, everything else second. A firm of equality, not hierarchy. A firm dedicated to serving the common good. Today, Abacus Architects, Inc. is a full-service firm deeply committed to enhancing human lives and enterprises through the practice of architecture. We apply our expertise in architecture, civil engineering, interior design, lean concepts and consulting, master planning, facility and site studies, and construction administration to help our clients maximize their success. Our offices are located in two of the oldest buildings in Sheboygan and Milwaukee, but our attitude is decidedly young. Offering large-firm resources with small-firm attention, we partner with clients to create projects that have meaning. Connect with us today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #RelationalArchitecture

“THE PATH WE FOLLOW” JOHNSONVILLE’S NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS ADDITION | DELIVERY

We are finally to the fourth phase of the Abacus 4D Approach: Delivery. Our Delivery Phase is the integration of Project Construction Documents into actual construction of the facility. Up to this point, the development of the project (Discovery Phase through the Development Phase) was the responsibility of Abacus Architects, Johnsonville Sausage, IBC Engineering, Ambrose Engineering, Henricksen, Capital Food Service and Camera Corner. Let’s add another team member, Miron Construction Co., Inc., to the mix. Miron is no stranger to the construction industry. Their brand of “Building Excellence” reaches throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest, and even beyond to the national marketplace. Miron’s relationship with Johnsonville began well before the start of construction of the Global Headquarters Addition. Miron was already working with Johnsonville on another project on the Sheboygan Falls Campus. My discussions regarding Miron’s approach to teaming on the Global Headquarters project actually began months before breaking ground. With that said, please enjoy the next few months of posts, traveling with us through the final steps of our journey and ultimately to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Before I go, what exactly is the definition of construction? 1. the act, process or art of constructing 2. the way in which a thing is constructed 3. something that is constructed 4. putting something together Construction is all of the above and more. It’s definitely a process, seemingly organized chaos at times. Above and beyond the task at hand, it requires a daily commitment to one’s brand. Abacus Architects, Inc. - “Relational Architecture” - and Miron Construction Co., Inc. - “Building Excellence” - share a common goal: the ultimate success of Johnsonville Sausage.  If you are now just joining us, we invite you to begin the Johnsonville “The Path We Follow” blog and social media series here > -Kurt Davis | Project Architect   From the team at Miron Construction Co., Inc. Miron Construction is extremely proud of the relationship we have built with Johnsonville Sausage, having completed numerous projects at different facilities on the Sheboygan Falls campus. We are thrilled at the opportunity to continue building upon our relationship and the success of Johnsonville to create a state-of-art global headquarters facility for its members. The Miron project team is excited to join Abacus Architects on this journey and eager to be a part of this opportunity. We look forward to the work ahead, delivering on our promise to not only meet, but exceed Johnsonville’s expectations. Pre-Construction Phase: Miron’s approach to pre-construction with Abacus and Johnsonville is a very collaborative one. Each team member must clearly understand Johnsonville’s goals and objectives and be able to effectively demonstrate how their solution impacts those goals. This concerted effort and approach to project planning balances scope, budget, quality, and schedule and proactively anticipates and resolves project challenges. Clearly understanding Johnsonville’s expectations regarding safety, quality, cost, and timelines for this specific project is a critical first step in our pre-construction process. Construction Phase:   It’s time for the shovel to hit the ground! After numerous conversations with the core project team and contractors/suppliers, we carefully sequenced all trades to develop the overall project schedule and establish key milestone dates. In doing so, Miron is committed to providing a safe and hazard-free workplace for Johnsonville members, employees, subcontractors, and visitors. Our Safety, Quality and Production (SQP) philosophy allows us to identify specific project needs, communicate expectations, and integrate production planning to ensure an efficient and safe construction plan. From the time we begin moving dirt to the time we spend hanging drywall, all contractors on site know and understand Johnsonville’s project drivers and follow the SQP approach to ensure overall project success. We would like to thank our dedicated team members for being a part of this project.   Dan Voss, Vice President of Food & Beverage In his role, Dan leads Miron’s efforts in all aspects of business development and client relations for the food and beverage market. He takes initiative for developing new business opportunities and maintaining key accounts while directing the development of strategic alliances with clients, business partners, and industry-specific associations. Joe Malchow, Project Executive Joe is responsible for design, planning, budgeting, scheduling, and construction of the project. He works closely with the design and construction teams to facilitate a seamless project delivery and provides overall project strategy, guidance, and management of project development to ensure successful project completion. His duties include oversight of construction management, design development, pricing, quality control, and client satisfaction. Tyle Treml, Project Manager Tyle assists the team throughout design, construction, and warranty periods. He manages all project activities including, but not limited to, preliminary planning, budget development, financial control, value engineering assessments, scheduling, coordination of construction activity, project closeout, and owner occupancy. Zach Bond, Project Superintendent Zach works directly with the project manager and construction team to manage all phases of construction activity. He directs all field personnel and coordinates all subcontractor activities while adhering to the construction schedule. First and foremost, he maintains a risk-free work environment and ensures the safety of everyone who accesses the site. Nikki Jones, Project Administrator Nikki assists with the planning, directing and coordinating of activities related to the project. She assists with project setup, requests for information, subcontractor contracts/supplier purchase orders, certified payroll submittals, insurance, the maintenance of project photos, punch-lists, closeout, advantage purchasing, and external site management. Construction Photos | November 2016  [new_royalslider id="35"] You can follow this story as it unfolds on our BlogTwitterFacebook, and Linkedin!

RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

Designing buildings that connect with people and places.

Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal.

“THE PATH WE FOLLOW” JOHNSONVILLE’S NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS ADDITION | DEVELOPMENT

Sorry for the short break in our posts.  I have been busy working through items in the Delivery Phase of our 4D approach.  More on that later. Over the past few posts we have covered the Design Phase.  Today we kick off the third leg of the Abacus 4D Approach – “Development”.  The Development Phase is somewhat like a production line. The goal of this phase is to transfer the elements of the Design Phase into Construction Documents.   This requires the precise development of architectural plans and specifications with structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineering.  The Delivery Phase requires complete coordination and team work from numerous individuals.  Let’s meet those individuals that helped create this truly one of a kind project.    If you are now just joining us, we invite you to begin the Johnsonville “The Path We Follow” blog and social media series here > -Kurt Davis | Project Architect    

Meet the Abacus Architects Project Development Team

  Kyle Karstaedt | Specifications and Quality Control Derrek Lemahieu | Construction Document Coordinator Gavin Dorsch | Construction Document Coordinator Joel Van Ess | Project Civil Engineer

Meet the Collaborators

Ambrose Engineering www.ambroseengineering.com Ambrose Engineering, Inc. is a structural engineering design consulting firm headquartered in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. We have registered engineers serving all 50 states, and offer a diversified line of services to clients in a wide range of industries. Our approach focuses on building trusting, long-lasting relationships, and our success is apparent by the longevity of our client relationships, our repeat business, and our positive references. IBC Engineering Services www.ibcengineering.com   IBC Engineering Services was founded 20+ years ago on the idea of INTEGRATED BUILDING CONCEPTS, bringing together building form, function, performance and cost. Specializing in the design and commissioning of energy efficient and sustainable HVAC • ELECTRICAL • PLUMBING • FIRE PROTECTION systems, multiple disciplines work together from the onset of a project, often identifying design solutions that may not otherwise be considered. Specifically, our engineers can calculate energy use and cost early in the design, informing designers of the implications of plan configurations, mechanical systems and lighting options. Internally, Integrated Building Concepts means that all of our engineers not only have knowledge of specific mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, but that each also understands how they come together in a building as a whole. With this inter-disciplinary approach we often discover cost-effective solutions that don’t compromise quality, which translates into healthier buildings. Capital Foodservice Design www.capitalfsdesign.com  Capital Foodservice Design, LLC is committed to providing you with complete Foodservice and Laundry design services through all phases of planning and construction. From concept to completion and beyond, we approach every project with a focus on functionality, flexibility, cost, and client satisfaction. With over fifteen years of experience in the Foodservice and Laundry design industry, Capital Foodservice Design, LLC will provide you with the best possible design and service to meet the needs of your facility now and in the future. Each project is handled with unique perspective and integrity. Ingenuity and an eye for solutions make Capital Foodservice Design the obvious choice for your foodservice and laundry design services. Henricksen www.henricksen.com  We furnish high-performance spaces. Henricksen is an industry-leading contract furniture dealer with 250+ professionals who serve clients across North America. Enterprise Lighting www.enterpriselighting.com Lighting and Control It is the mission of Enterprise Lighting, LTD to be the leader in the state of Wisconsin in the sales of lighting, lighting controls, and energy efficient products. We strive to conduct our business in an honest and fair manner, providing superior customer service, satisfaction and personal service. We aim to grow by improving our product offering, services, and processes. We encourage creativity, long term thinking, teamwork, and mutual respect among our staff. To enhance the quality of life, we support social, cultural and economic programs in the communities in which we participate. Each employee is given equal opportunity to perform and grow within a dynamic organization. The strength of our company is our outstanding people, caring about the people we serve. Camera Corner Connecting Point www.cccp.com A Message from Rick Chernick, CEO Camera Corner Connecting Point started simply as Camera Corner back in 1953, when my Dad and his work partner decided to open a camera store in downtown Green Bay.  From a staff of 2 in 1953, our third-generation business has grown to a staff of over 120 employees and we mean much more than cameras! Along the way we have expanded our expertise into the technology that moves business and connect us to our jobs, to information and to each other. Camera Corner Connecting Point is the oldest technology store in Northeast Wisconsin. Our commitment is to provide our customers with quality products and services at the best value. We live up to our promises by hiring the most qualified people. I am proud of our staff and resources we provide our customers. All of us at Camera Corner Connecting Point will work hard to make your buying experience pleasurable. Whether you are buying a camera or a complete computer network, we will work with you as a team to provide the best possible solution. We are not the best because we are the oldest. We are the oldest because we are the best! Scathain www.scathain.com  DESIGN + BUILD We are designers. We are metal artists. We are furniture makers. From start to finish, we craft timeless, functional, and memorable pieces. You can follow this story as it unfolds on our BlogTwitterFacebook, and Linkedin!

RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

Designing buildings that connect with people and places.

Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal.

Abacus Architects promotes Blanke

Abacus Architects is proud to announce that Anne Blanke has been promoted to owner and principal. Blanke, 37, of Glenbeulah, has a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Interior Design from Mount Mary University.  She has played a very important role in making Abacus what it is today. She started nearly day one of Abacus, in January of 2004.   Anne Blanke | Interior Designer As a 10-year-old, Anne kept a sketchbook of floor plans, so her career choice was pretty much a foregone conclusion. She completed degrees in both architecture and interior design, which allows her to plan interior spaces that seamlessly integrate with the overall goals of a project. Whether designing a small aesthetic remodeling or a large corporate interior, Anne is passionate about finessing the details to make inside spaces inspiring places to be. The firm’s first employee after it was founded by the partners, Anne is also a certified LEED Accredited Professional to assist clients with energy and environmentally conscious design.  

RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

Designing buildings that connect with people and places.

Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal.  

Firm History

In 2003, three architects and a civil engineer got together to build on an idea: An architectural firm of employee owners vested in the company’s success. A firm inspired by client priorities, not architect egos. A firm where people come first, everything else second. A firm of equality, not hierarchy. A firm dedicated to serving the common good. Today, Abacus Architects, Inc. is a full-service firm deeply committed to enhancing human lives and enterprises through the practice of architecture. We apply our expertise in architecture, civil engineering, interior design, lean concepts and consulting, master planning, facility and site studies, and construction administration to help our clients maximize their success. Our offices are located in two of the oldest buildings in Sheboygan and Milwaukee, but our attitude is decidedly young. Offering large-firm resources with small-firm attention, we partner with clients to create projects that have meaning. Connect with us today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #RelationalArchitecture

“The Path We Follow” Johnsonville’s New Corporate Headquarters Addition | Design

DESIGN

  We are onto the second piece of the Abacus 4D Approach – DESIGN What is Design? “a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building before it is built” While this definition is simple and to the point, our definition of Design is more complex.  Design must tie together the look and functions of the building, while continually advancing the realities of construction and budget.  The design phase must not lose track of where we came from in our Discovery Phase.  In the next few weeks you will see the development of the building's design and personal testimonies from members of the Abacus team that were instrumental in the success of this phase of the project.  Enjoy.

If you are now just joining us, we invite you to begin the Johnsonville "Path We Follow" blog and social media series here >

 

-Kurt Davis Project Architect

 

Meet the Abacus Architects Project Team

     Robert Heimerl | President Bob is genuinely committed to the practice of architecture as a means of helping people improve their lives and realize their dreams. One of the firm’s founders, he and the other partners formed Abacus to create a more client-centric firm where the ownership—and the vested interest—is shared with employees. Bob is a designer and problem-solver at heart who encourages clients in big-picture thinking and future planning. With every project he gives clients his all, and finds projects for clients that help other people especially gratifying. Kurt Davis |Project Architect As a project manager, Kurt is in the trenches with the client from the design stage of a project all the way through construction administration. He works to build a partnership with the client, emphasizing mutual trust and accountability. A founding partner of the firm, Kurt takes pride in mentoring young people at Abacus, and seeing them develop and advance their careers. He inspires the staff at Abacus to make every job their most important one, and to keep in mind the people for whom they’re ultimately building. Kurt knows from experience that thoroughly understanding the client’s business is the beginning point for helping the client do business better through the built form.   Joel Van Ess | Site Design Joel’s love of construction in high school led him to civil engineering, a profession he determined would allow him to remain involved with construction but also utilize his interests in math and science. After working at several engineering firms in Sheboygan following college, Joel joined with his good friend Paul Mentink to become one of the founders of Abacus Architects in 2003. In his role as an in-house civil engineer, Joel is able to give clients a determination about storm water requirements, setbacks and topography at the early, planning stage of a project, when site issues can best be managed. Joel’s leadership on these matters inspires clients with the confidence to move projects forward. Eric Halbur | Designer Joining Abacus Architects in 2013, Eric has a strong affinity for design and creating something that doesn’t yet exist. Eric has also been a leader in implementing the firm’s software technology, which he utilizes extensively in his role as a project manager. His creative approach involves listening to the client’s wishes, then developing design options that both meet expectations and push beyond them. Exploration is critical to Eric for not missing a detail or a direction that might make a difference. Overall, Eric strives to make the process enjoyable for clients. He understands that they are making a significant investment in their new building; all the more reason for it to be a pleasurable experience.     Anne Blanke | Interior Designer As a 10-year-old, Anne kept a sketchbook of floor plans, so her career choice was pretty much a foregone conclusion. She completed degrees in both architecture and interior design, which allows her to plan interior spaces that seamlessly integrate with the overall goals of a project. Whether designing a small aesthetic remodeling or a large corporate interior, Anne is passionate about finessing the details to make inside spaces inspiring places to be. The firm’s first employee after it was founded by the partners, Anne is also a certified LEED Accredited Professional to assist clients with energy and environmentally conscious design.

Millennial Advisors

     Justin Marquis | Architectural Technician   Chad Wleczyk | Relational Development   [gallery royalslider="34" columns="4" ids="1174,1183,1088,1159,1160,1161,1162,1166,1165,1158,1164,1163,1173,1172,1169,1171,1170,1168,1167"]     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eINP5_0UDWs&feature=youtu.be You can follow this story as it unfolds on our BlogTwitterFacebook, and Linkedin!

RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

Designing buildings that connect with people and places.

Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal.

Meet Sydney Thompson | 2017 Abacus Architects Education Scholarship Award Winner

Abacus Architects is excited to introduce to you, Sydney Thompson the 2017 Abacus Architects Education Scholarship Award Winner from Mercer High School. Join us in wishing Sydney the best on her journey ahead!

My Future

By Sydney Thompson As a graduate from Mercer High School, I plan to pursue my desire to develop innovative methods for creating materials to support future medical advances at Winona State University. For my entire life, I have always loved the math and science fields and at first I was very interested in Architecture and Actuarial Science, but since my recent adventure to Iceland I decided to major in Composite Materials Engineering. I have chosen the Composite Materials Engineering field because of my experience, interest, and exposure to the bio-medical field while I was at Reykjavik University in Reykjavik, Iceland. I witnessed scientists and bio-medical students from UW-Madison studying paraplegics’ brains to find out why paraplegics have ghost sensations. This was the catalyst which led to my decision to be an engineer. Watching the engineers study and design solutions to problems caught my eye as something I would like to do in the future. Engineering combines teamwork, innovative thinking, and design which encompasses all of my passions. The Composite Materials Engineering degree is very versatile because you can work in any engineering field from bio-medical, chemical, to industrial. Composite Materials Engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and biomedical devices. It is my goal to integrate the expertise I gain from my post-secondary college and graduate degrees with a medical and design aspect to eventually study in the bio-medical field using my Composite Materials Engineering degree. By obtaining this degree in engineering, I am able to create materials using principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Constructing materials that help patients with lifelong disorders, or helping a country in need by participating in Engineering Ministries International, which is a program designed to produce engineering design solution for problem disaster sites, engineering is the future. I anxiously await my future and its endless achievability! I cannot wait to see what happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction completing my goals will bring to my life. RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE Designing buildings that connect with people and places. Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal. Connect with us today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #RelationalArchitecture  

A Special Space at the Salchert Residence

Monday, May 1st 2017 was a memorable day for the Salchert Family and our project team as we celebrated together the ground breaking of a special space in their Sheboygan home that will provide comfort for their young foster children in hospice care. Their humble and servant hearts are truly an inspiration to our project team. “Our intent in sharing our story is that compassion will become action on the part of others to care for foster kids everywhere. And most importantly, God will be glorified. We wouldn't know anything about love without Him.” – Cori Salchert Learn more about the Salchert family and their deeply moving care in the video and articles below! Today Video  Today Article   Sheboygan Press Article  -Paul Mentink, Registered Architect RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE Designing buildings that connect with people and places. Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal. Connect with us today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #RelationalArchitecture

“The Path We Follow” Johnsonville’s New Corporate Headquarters Addition | Discovery

Hope everyone enjoyed YPWeek. We are ready to begin the Abacus 4D Approach.  The first dimension of our approach is “Discovery”.  It is during this time that our Team helps our client establish the Vision of the project.  What are the stakeholder’s goals, objectives, parameters, budgets, dreams?  How do we tie #JVLWay and #RelationalArchitecture into a truly functional building plan?       Remember – It is not about the destination - it is all about the journey.  So as we start our journey in “Discovery” we should mention the important partners, at Johnsonville, that meant so much to the success of this phase. Ralph and Shelly          Johnsonville, LLC Nick                                Johnsonville, LLC Bill                                  Johnsonville, LLC Michael                         Johnsonville, LLC Jon                                 Johnsonville, LLC Tanya                            Johnsonville, LLC Leah                              Johnsonville, LLC   “The Millennials”  Luke                             Johnsonville, LLC Megan                         Johnsonville, LLC Kelly                             Johnsonville, LLC Christy                         Johnsonville, LLC Justin                           Johnsonville, LLC Brittany                       Johnsonville, LLC Steven                         Johnsonville, LLC Kumar                         Johnsonville, LLC Sydney                        Johnsonville, LLC Taylor                          Johnsonville, LLC Lisa                              Johnsonville, LLC   Johnsonville has been family owned since 1945.  Ralph F. and Alice B. Stayer bought a small butcher shop in the tiny town of Johnsonville, Wisconsin.  Alice once stated that “if they won’t come to us, we’ll go to them”.  Well this project just might bring them to Johnsonville.   You can follow this story as it unfolds on our BlogTwitterFacebook, and Linkedin!   Next week “The Millennials”

-Kurt Davis Project Architect

 

“The Path We Follow” Johnsonville’s New Corporate Headquarters Addition | The Architecture of Recruitment

Today we are thrilled to kickoff worldwide an in depth series “The Path We Follow” about Johnsonville's New Corporate Headquarters Addition.  I will be your narrator on this journey, and would be grateful for you to join us as this story unfolds. -Kurt Davis Project Architect

“Greatness is a Journey, Not a Destination” -Ralph  C. Stayer, Johnsonville Owner and Chairman
From Project Discovery to Delivery As you follow along we will introduce you to our 4D approach, more than a process, a difference. What does “The Path We Follow” mean to Johnsonville?
“Other companies use their people to build a business, but at Johnsonville we use our business to build our people.” And great people make a great company.” Ralph C. Stayer, Johnsonville Owner and Chairman  
  https://youtu.be/v7w2I2xR6fg “The Architecture of Recruitment”  “The Path We Follow” not only represents Johnsonville, but Abacus as well.
Relational Architecture is designing buildings that connect with people and places.
Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal. How did “The Path We Follow” influence and inspire the design? 1.  Focus on the Future 2. Celebration of Outdoors/ Indoors 3. Think of Future Additions 4. Recruitment 5. Lifestyle     YPWeek April 22-29 Statewide We invite you to explore the "Architecture of Recruitment" and why it matters to your business or organization during YPWeek and beyond! YPWeek is a week long platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin. YPWeek brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to you as a YP while educating your employers on the important role these functions play in retaining you as their workforce. YPWeek Kickoff: Very BIG in Sheboygan April 22, 2017 at Blue Harbor Resort Recap Young people flock to Sheboygan YPWeek kickoff | Sheboygan Press   You can follow this story as it unfolds on our BlogTwitter, Facebook, and Linkedin!

RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

Designing buildings that connect with people and places. Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal.  

Mercer School District Wins Grand Prize Scholarship at the 2017 Wisconsin State Education Convention!

Abacus Architects would like to thank you for sharing your 2017 Wisconsin State Education Convention time with us and engaging in meaningful conversations about the vital work you are involved with at your school and in your community. Congratulations to Mercer School District on winning the grand prize $1000 scholarship for a student in their district. Special mention goes to Mauston School District for placing 2nd and Plattville District,  3rd on the leader board .  We also would like to recognize the previous winners. Please contact us to share your story of how the scholarship impacted your education and career! 2016 Stevens Point Area School District Lauren Gerads 2015 School District of Omro Holly Wilmes 2014 Oconto School District Cody Zahm 2013 School District of Stratford Sam Guyer 2012 Burlington School District Jared Tenhagen 2011 Valders Area School District Taylor Korslin 2010 Bowler School District 2009 D.C. Everest School District Paul Bestul 2008 Randall Consolidated School School District of Monroe Reedsville School District Ryan Popp 2007 School District of Waukesha Paige Schultz Rosendale Brandon School District Allison Lemmenes Gillett School District Inga Kolderup 2006 School District of Oostburg Leah Hagen Nekoosa School District Our passionate team looks forward to serving your school and community in 2017, Abacus Architects Connect with us today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #Relational Architecture  

Drop by for Gallery Night on 10/21, you never know what could happen!  

  gallerynightfbcover A casual Gallery Night visit by Justin to an open house at the new Milwaukee office of Abacus Architects led to his joining the firm as an architectural intern. What could happen if you decide to drop by? We have been busy preparing for you to visit our new 4th floor office space in one of the Historic Third Ward’s oldest buildings, the Merchants’ Mills Building! At Abacus Architects we are pleased to introduce the new Johnsonville Global Headquarters, featuring the original work of Frank Stella on Gallery Night, Friday, October 21st 5PM-9PM  225 E. St. Paul Suite 404 Milwaukee, WI 53202! If you enjoy Legos, Cheese, Sausage, Art, and Architecture we invite you to drop by next Friday! Please RSVP here! Check out the other 49 Gallery Night and Day locations here! Which galleries are on your list to visit? Connect with us today! #RelationalArchitecture Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog |

Designing for senior living. Building communities.

https://youtu.be/aa1TpWaWvyQ Today's senior living must fulfill a long list of requirements, from enabling residents to feel truly at home, to meet owners' objectives, to providing wide-ranging and adaptable services. Since 2003 Abacus Architects has partnered with clients and senior living experts to create numerous successful and progressive -thinking projects. Applying our philosophy of Relational Architecture, we believe that the best environments for aging enhance and support the lifestyles of their residents as valued members of the whole community. Let us help you realize your vision for achieving person centered-care. View our recent senior living projects here! Connect with us today! #RelationalArchitecture Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog |  

Meet Lauren Gerads | 2016 Abacus Architects Education Scholarship Award Winner

Abacus Architects is excited to introduce to you, Lauren Gerads our 2016 Education Scholarship Award Winner from Stevens Point Area Senior High. Join us in wishing Lauren the best on her journey ahead to University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning! Senior Pic in Green Shirt           Award What do you want to be when you grow up? By Lauren Gerads Now a graduate from high school, I’ve heard this phrase more than my fair share. For a long time I struggled with finding an answer to this question, until I became acquainted with the field of architecture and urban planning. After researching the career path it seemed like an obvious choice. Since I was in grade school, I remember finding immense joy in walking the streets of our neighborhood “judging” or should I say critiquing homes and other commercial structures. I’ve always been in tune with my surrounding environment and the psychological effects it had on me as well as strangers. This was one particular piece I found appealing about architecture. Architects have the ability to affect so many aspects of our world, not only the quality of life, but also critical issues such as shelter, energy, money and natural resources. [caption id="attachment_810" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Habitat for Humanity Home "Here is one project we completed this year in Civil Engineering and Architecture. Our goal was to design a Habitat for Humanity home and follow the codes of creating this particular structure." -Lauren Gerads[/caption] This past summer I attended the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Fair that consisted of various seminars. One session on creating energy efficient homes caught my attention in particular. Understanding the principles of function and design that go into building an eco-friendly structure appealed to me because I could appreciate others efforts in a push for future, sustainable design. I realized that I too want to take part in this process. I see this being carried out in a career such as architecture in which I am able to develop and create something that is aesthetically pleasing, inspiring, and environmentally responsible. Constructing a world that harmonizes and protects our natural surroundings is my passion. Architects possess the ability to improve the world for future generations and make positive impacts on ALL people. I’m thrilled to pursue a profession in which I will be able to embrace ancient traditions while challenging future conventions. Connect with Abacus Architects today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #RelationalArchitecture  

Abacus Architects is hiring!

Abacus Architects is looking for talented Architects, Project Managers and Draftsman with proficient Revit experience to join our passionate team at our Sheboygan and Milwaukee offices. Please submit your resume to Bob Heimerl, President rheimerl@abacusarchitects.net today! RELATIONAL ARCHITECTURE Designing buildings that connect with people and places. Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal. Our History In 2003, three architects and a civil engineer got together to build on an idea: An architectural firm of employee owners vested in the company’s success. A firm inspired by client priorities, not architect egos. A firm where people come first, everything else second. A firm of equality, not hierarchy. A firm dedicated to serving the common good. Today, Abacus Architects, Inc. is a full-service firm deeply committed to enhancing human lives and enterprises through the practice of architecture. We apply our expertise in architecture, civil engineering, interior design, lean concepts and consulting, master planning, facility and site studies, and construction administration to help our clients maximize their success. Our offices are located in two of the oldest buildings in Sheboygan and Milwaukee, but our attitude is decidedly young. Offering large-firm resources with small-firm attention, we partner with clients to create projects that have meaning. Connect with us today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #RelationalArchitecture

Stevens Point School District wins grand prize scholarship at 95th Wisconsin State Education Convention!

2016WIEducationlConventioJustinandChewbacca Abacus Architects would like to thank you for sharing your 2016 Wisconsin State Education Convention time with us and engaging in meaningful conversations about the vital work you are involved with at your school and in your community. 2016WIEducationlConventionWinnerBoard Congratulations to Stevens Point School District on winning the grand prize $1000 scholarship for a student in their district, Mercer School District as the  2nd place  winner of a $25 Amazon gift card and Elk Mound School District as the 3rd place winner of a $25 gift card. We also would like to recognize the previous winners. Please contact us to share your story of how the scholarship impacted your education and career! 2006:  School District of Oostburg Nekoosa School District 2007:  School District of Waukesha Rosendale Brandon School District Gillett School District 2008:  Randall Consolidated School School District of Monroe Reedsville School District 2009:  D.C. Everest School District 2010:  Bowler School District 2011:  Valders Area School District 2012:  Burlington School District 2013:  School District of Stratford 2014:  Oconto School District 2015:  Omro School District Our passionate team looks forward to serving your school and community in 2016, Abacus Architects Connect with us today! Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | #Relational Architecture 2016WIEducationlConventionKurtandJustin

Next Generation of Leaders and Designers

Join us in viewing and sharing selected inspiring work from the next generation of leaders and designers at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of Arts and School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

    20151210_193016 2015 UWM Design Entrepreneur Showcase  Artivity Center | Sheldon Noel  FooFit | Karaka Singh Halo | Jennifer Brockman Momentum | Dylan Annoyne 2015 UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning Thesis Day Monumental & Milwaukee by Shan Huang 20151215_12143720151215_121425   Stochasticity by Joseph Thrasher 20151215_121206 Greening Affordable Housing by Denis Pohlman 20151215_122119

A Grateful Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends!

We are grateful for you, our clients, friends and team. Without clients and friends like you we don’t exist. Our team enjoys passionately serving you from Sheboygan and Milwaukee to make your dreams a reality and in the process we get to live ours every day. These rich relationships and experiences we share with you represent our company core of Relational Architecture.

Designing buildings that connect with people and places. Creating places that inspire, enrich, or simply work well is vitally important to us. In fact, every project we pursue is based on our ability to advance our clients’ lives. At Abacus Architects, we design to build relationships. It’s only fundamental. Architecture should serve the people who inhabit the places we create, not the other way around. It’s architecture for all of us, building together to reach a common goal. 

View some of our featured projects we are thankful to have been a part of!

Enjoy this special time of year with your family and friends enjoying delicious food and watching the historic rivalry between the Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Bears in a primetime matchup!

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? We would love to hear from you! Please drop us a message in the comments below.

From your friends and team at Abacus!

A BIG THANKS TO BECKER DESIGN!

2015 has been a year of growth for Abacus Architects and we have the creative and authentic team at Becker Design to thank for their relentless dedication to providing us with a new platform and branding to serve you, our clients and friends with excellence. We asked Neil Becker, Principal of Becker Design to share the dialogue we engaged in together to fuel the collaborative process. ‘What, exactly, distinguishes Abacus Architects as a firm? Answering that question with conviction was the central task of the recent branding project for the firm conducted by Becker Design. The process included reviewing the competitive landscape, interviewing virtually all Abacus personnel and select clients, examining proposals and existing communications, and lots of brainstorming. One characteristic kept coming to the fore: an architectural firm that doesn’t just design buildings, but creates relationships through the practice of architecture. Many companies say they put people and clients first. Abacus truly walks the walk. From that essential truth about Abacus comes their branding statement: Relational Architecture. With every project they design, Abacus strives to build relationships with clients and communities, and enhance their success. All that the firm does quite naturally supports its brand. And everything Becker Design has created for Abacus Architects—from logo to website to proposal format to trade show displays—communicates it as well.” –Neil Becker, Principal of Becker Design BeckerTeamPicture We look forward to showcasing your projects and stories in the future. Drop us a line anytime in the comments below! Have you connected with Abacus Architects on Facebook and Twitter?