TCF Bank sought to create a new corporate office for their Commercial Banking Division, expressing their new corporate brand. Completed in 2015, the 13,000 SF facility features inspiring panoramic views of the city from the top floor of the Pabst Professional Center in Milwaukee’s Brewery Development; views that serve to reinforce forward-thinking perspectives of company leadership.
Deep warm cherry wood builds on the traditions and history of TCF, while bold modern aesthetics of the office express the strong future and adaptive nature of the company culture. Soaring glass and dynamic volume create an impressive board room demanding attention from many vantage points throughout the office.
Manager, Underwriter and Lender offices are strategically located to preserve natural light and views for private and open offices. Low open workstations allow for staff interaction, true openness and transparency throughout the office.
Concrete, porcelain-styled tile, deep textural carpet, layering of wood and glass, sleek soffits and accent lighting are all integrated in bold forms and colors expressing the newly branded TCF logo. The rich palette of charcoal, terra cotta, slate blue and deep golden tones contribute to the creation of a truly inviting experience for staff and visitors alike.
Regal, (Regal Beloit Corporation), sought to create a new office building that would express their recent corporate rebranding effort and house their International IT Headquarters. The project consists of 45,000 square feet of office space on a 6.13 acre site in the Village of Grafton, Wisconsin.
The building incorporates industrial features softened by curved walls, natural wood and glass. Clients are greeted by a striking reception area and a high-tech product display room. Large, open office spaces incorporate a vibrant color palette and private offices are faced with glass. An organizing central spine connects all of the various functions of the building and leads clients to an innovation tech lab.
Regal’s new building strives for sustainability, with its energy efficient mechanical systems, abundant day light, and green materials. These efforts have allowed the project to achieve the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Certification. One of the more interesting green products used on the building is the brick, which has been manufactured using fly ash, (a postindustrial recycled material) instead of traditional clay or cement. Because the bricks are not clay based, they also do not need to be fired, which greatly reduces CO2 emissions.
Groth Design Group’s office, located in the heart of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, has expanded the markets it serves and therefore, focused on adding staff to support new clients. To use this required expansion to the greatest advantage, an overall image upgrade was in order. The firm embraced its historic building, which is ever-popular in the community, and used the mill and its existing features to enhance a modern office design. The 20th anniversary of the firm was part of the impetus for a fresh aesthetic and inspiring design. Embracing its highly valued staff and encouraging spirited creativity and interaction, space was designed for increased team building and casual meeting spaces.
The office expansion embraced the history and beauty of the 150 year old mill, while adapting its use to meet the needs of the firm. The wood planking that is seen on many of the interior walls is reclaimed from the interior of the mill itself. Many of the original mechanical fixtures have been left mounted in their original locations which are now inside the new office space.
As you ascend to the second level of the mill you are immediately presented with the conference room and its full glass corner. The glass corner cleanly rabbeted into the reclaimed timbers sets the tone for the congruous merging of both new and old within this space. In addition to respecting the historical value of this space, the layout of the renovation allowed many of the interior spaces to have significantly more natural light than they had previously. Sun control is handled by perforated roller shades that provide a clean, modern aesthetic against the thick stone walls.
Increased efficiency was gained by the use of new workstations and strategically placed storage towers. Low-height screening of desks with glass adds a spark and shine to the rustic building, while allowing for increased team interaction. Lime green panel accents provide a pop of color, offsetting the white metal trim and natural maple desktops. The carpet tile provides modern pattern striations and streaks of orange and green with warm undertones that blend with the varied wood walls.
Sartori Company’ s corporate headquarters are located in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Groth Design Group worked with their leadership team to develop a concept and drawings to renovate their existing building. Sartori recently completed a redesign of their branding and marketing materials and have decided to incorporate some of these new ideas into the aesthetics of the building renovation. Their team was looking for a clean, modern approach while utilizing timeless, elegant materials. Some of the programmatic spaces addressed in this project include reception, conferencing, open and private office spaces, restrooms and support spaces.
Layer One Media, Inc. was a tenant build-out in a turn of the century timber frame warehouse building (Renaissance Building) in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward. Layer One Media, specialists in web development, asked that we design a modern, upbeat space reflecting the cutting edge posture of their business. They requested that the lobby space “make a statement.” The design team utilized bold colors and interesting forms to break the box- like configuration of the space and metaphorically reflect the firm name by creating layers of overhang and soffits. Additionally the organic shapes, sultry motion of the tropical fish, and slick surfaces stand in counterpoint to the rough hewn character of the venerable timber framing and rough texture of the original brick. Lighting washes strategic areas, creates pools of light in others, and lends sizzle to polished surfaces.
The owners of the office building at 757 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee desired a facelift for their building to attract tenants and create a recognizable identity for the building. The building features first floor retail space with 6 floors of office space above. To better establish the visibility of the first floor retail space and create a better order to the building, the design team introduced a new cladding material, storefront windows, & canopies at the 1st floor and a cornice was added to the roof line. A light colored stone cladding was utilized at the base to contrast with the existing deep red brick above. Copper was utilized in the detailing at the top of the base and at the cornice of the building to further distinguish the building. The entry lobby for the office space was also remodeled, tastefully incorporating new finishes & restoring the lobby to its original grandeur.
Johnson Controls’ Holland, Michigan campus includes a number of buildings which serve the company. This particular building has been vacant for a number of years, but because the company is continually growing there is now a need to utilize this space once again. Johnson Controls would like to update this building in order for it to become more attractive to newer generations of potential employees.
The focus of the project is on remodeling the large atrium that connects all three floors. This space has not changed since it was built in the early 1980s. Heavy soffits and oversized oak wood details will be replaced with more modern materials such as metal and glass. Additional areas to be remodeled include all of the open office areas, many of the enclosed office spaces, and all of the restrooms. This project will pursue LEED Certification.
True Process is a tenant build-out in the Barnabas Business Center in Glendale, Wisconsin. The building has a rich Milwaukee history and was built by the Uihlein family, owners of the Schlitz Brewing Company, in the 1920’s. True Process is a growing company that offers their clients a unique approach to providing healthcare IT solutions. They requested a space that reflects their recent branding efforts and technology niche in the marketplace. The design team was challenged to make use of many of the existing partitions and conditions found in the space and yet needed to create a fresh new look for their company headquarters. A combination of open work area and private offices allow for growth, flexibility and a dynamic work environment. Custom millwork, variety of materials and accent colors contribute to the success of updating and personalizing the existing space.
This new 100,000 square foot facility houses corporate office functions and manufacturing for a family owned and operated organization producing narrow fabric webbing products. The building is designed around a naturally day lighted atrium space which is used as the main circulation space to the second floor and as a greeting point to visitors.
Sturtevant, Wisconsin (Renderings provided by Owner)
The scope of the project at Bombardier Recreational Products includes interior alterations to an existing 61,710 total square foot 2-story office building. The existing building currently contains office, meeting space, and a training center. The existing office building has been converted into the new corporate headquarters for the company’s boat engine division. The goal of the project is to accommodate the functions of the new occupant as well as increase the size of the lobby and enhance the lobby space to serve as a show case for the company’s products. Other parts of the project include new borrowed lights into private offices, expanded fitness center, new shower rooms, and expansion of the training center. The renovation relocates walls, replace finishes and adds new millwork. The plans were developed with many alternates so the full vision of the owner could be realized in phases over time.