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“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.

“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.