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“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.

“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.