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Featured Project: Colman Woods

It isn't that often that we get the chance to work on a residential project as unique as this one. Take a look at the impressive Colman Woods, designed by Eric Halbur of Abacus Architects, located in Williams Bay, WI!

Officials hope to break ground this year on new innovation district in Sheboygan County

Original article posted Jan 14, 2020 by WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee). Abacus Architects designed the building and created the rendering seen at 1:00 in the video above. SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — Sheboygan hopes to break ground this year on its planned FreshTech Innovation District near the lakefront. The innovation district isn't a new idea. City leaders first began the necessary planning and work to set up a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District to fund FreshTech approximately two years ago, according to Chad Pelishek, the city's director of planning and development. Pelishek said the planned hub of the district will be a four-story building at 10th & Indiana on a plot of land that's currently owned by the redevelopment authority. Pelishek said local leaders hope to break ground on the building sometime in 2020. Nick O'Brien, FreshTech's director of innovation and engagement, said the plan is for that building to eventually be used by various local businesses. "We're currently trying to procure commitments from companies both in Sheboygan County and outside of Sheboygan County to lease space inside of this building," O'Brien said. "The intent is to have six to 12 different companies with research and development, or satellite offices, conference rooms or maybe co-working spaces, and all these companies can use this building to showcase their innovation efforts," he added. O'Brien said the goal is for the building at 10th & Indiana to spark further economic growth in Sheboygan County as innovative companies work in close quarters with one another. But O'Brien said he hopes programming at the FreshTech district will also help draw in individuals who might be working on small-scale projects and not affiliated with one of the area's large companies. "It could be someone tinkering with something in their garage, or in their basement. That's just as innovative as Kohler's waste lab is," he said. "Those people wouldn't often bump into , but that's the goal here." O'Brien said while planning continues on the building and infrastructure portion of the project he's working on developing the programming that will spur activity and growth in the FreshTech Innovation District once it's operating. He likened the importance of programming to the importance of the software that powers a computer. "Without software, the computer in front of you is just a hunk of metal," O'Brien said. O'Brien said his current focus is on developing a local student-run business program. He's also working hard on connecting students to business leaders in ways beyond the standard job fair or mock interview, and planning events with a regional appeal to showcase the innovation happening in Sheboygan. "We're trying to make Wisconsin a hot spot for startups, for technology and Sheboygan is trying to do its part to be part of not only Wisconsin's economic ecosystem but the Midwest's," he said.

Another Successful Job by Abacus

Check it out! Located within the Nō Studios building in downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. The area that Milwaukee Film calls home is used to support and foster local filmmakers, the local filmmaking industry, and a vibrant community of film fans, audiences, and patrons, while hosting the 5th largest film festival in the nation. With all of these diverse needs, Abacus Architects teamed up with Schroeder Solutions, a full-service furniture company, to accommodate this multi-use space. Together, a furniture concept was developed that reflects and compliments the industrial interior that Abacus designed. Private offices, collaborative spaces, the cafe area and the large open office area were carefully thought out, planned and outfitted, giving Milwaukee Film the opportunity to grow and expand their talented team.

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

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 | 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.  

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 |

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