Magnificent Workspaces of the New North

Corporate environments gracing northeast Wisconsin’s employment landscape

Story by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher

January 2017

Faith Technologies Menasha

Completed in early 2016, the eight-story One Menasha Center is the tallest building in Menasha.

Faith Technologies leases the top seven floors of the 115,000-sq. ft. building for its Innovation Center, while the street level floor is occupied by a credit union and a dental office. Faith’s Innovation Center employs about 200 people, though top-level executive leadership still works out of the adjacent corporate headquarters at 225 Main St. in downtown Menasha.

In addition to its fabulous views of Doty Island and Lake Winnebago, the 8th floor features a fitness center with locker rooms and showers – available to all company staff and their families – as well as a “micro market” lunchroom and collaborative social space, which sells various lunch and break food and beverage choice to employees.

All offices are situated at the core of the building, allowing natural light and views of the surrounding area through the floor-to-ceiling windows for the employees. All employees enjoy stand/sit workstations. Various collaborative spaces on each floor of the building include plush furniture, white boards and workstations. Work stations are mobile – even the file cabinets are on wheels – allowing employees to move to another part of the building for a week, as an example, to work on a particular project. Onsite chair massage and chiropractor services are available to employees as well.

Lastly, a 6th floor vendor/partner lab demonstrates much of the technology that Faith implements for its customers to help with automation and energy management savings.

 

EAA Oshkosh

The lone mature facility on our list – the post-modern Experimental Aircraft Association headquarters in Oshkosh – was constructed over a two-year period in the early 1980s, opening in 1983.

The association’s headquarters near Interstate 41 employs about 160 fulltime staff and 25 part-time staff, a number that increases significantly in the summer as EAA’s annual AirVenture convention approaches.

The 208,000-sq. ft. building includes offices for the association and also houses one of the world’s leading aviation museums which includes 200 aircraft and full replicas of Space Ship One – the first private spacecraft – the Wright Flyer and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.

Grande Cheese Fond du Lac

Grande Cheese Company opened the first phase of its new home office and research center in Fond du Lac this past July 2016.

“We designed it to recognize and honor the past, while reaching for the future,” explained Wayne Matzke, president and CEO of Grande. “We want it to be a model for what workplaces can be.”

More than 190 employees work in the 92,700-sq. ft. facility off Interstate 41.

As a food industry supplier, the facility includes state-of-the-art commercial kitchens and dining room for chefs to work on menu items for Grande customers.

The office space includes gathering locations throughout, including an espresso bar, a beautiful wood-paneled study and a Heritage Room, which spotlights Grande’s Italian roots and history through the years. Several pieces of distinctive, original works of art grace the walls of the headquarters facility.

Employees have access to a health and fitness center, two relaxation rooms and private locations for nursing mothers. Outdoors, an interior courtyard includes a fire pit, various water features and contemporary seating along with an exterior patio complete with a brick pizza oven.

The total 40-acre campus boasts walking trails and extensive landscaping, including a fruit orchard, 500 trees, 1,600 bushes, sculptures and seasonal gardens.

Plexus Neenah

The four-story, 102,000-sq. ft. global headquarters built for Plexus Corp. in 2010 is uniquely positioned in downtown Neenah on the site of the former Bergstrom Paper Company. Overlooking the south end of Little Lake Butte des Morts, the building brought together 350 corporate employees previously scattered throughout Neenah into a single central city location.

All cubicles are arranged to face the exterior floor-to-ceiling windows which invite plenty of daylight and offer views of downtown and the lake.

At the center of the building is a spiral staircase, and at the landing on the staircase at each floor is a congregation area where employees can gather, keep up with one another and share ideas.

The 6-year-old Plexus building also includes a large lunchroom and outside patio for employees. It’s positioned alongside the trailhead for the Loop the Little Lake Trail and adjacent to a Fox Valley paper industry monument located at the remains of the paper mill smokestack.

 

Miron Construction Fox Crossing

Originally constructed in 2002, a 46,000-sq. ft. addition was built in 2009 to accommodate the expanding corporate operations for Miron Construction in Fox Crossing.

Nearly 110 corporate employees work from the facility, which features an employee kitchen, a wellness center and training center, which includes one room with a gym floor that transitions into a yoga and aerobics studio.

A beautifully landscaped patio area complete with ponds and a walking trail behind the office invite employees outdoors in warmer weather.

Indoors, a substantial amount of glass promotes transparency and collaboration. Throughout the offices, visually interactive “experience zones” help tell the Miron story and explain the services it provides clients.

Additionally, the offices include a construction innovation lab – an interactive workspace allowing multiple users to work on various platforms and documents simultaneously on one large screen.

Schreiber Foods Green Bay

A beacon at the north end of Washington Street in downtown Green Bay, the new corporate headquarters and global technology center for Schreiber Foods was completed in 2014.

The nearly $85 million, five-story, 250,000-sq. ft. building rests on the site of the former Port Plaza Mall, which closed in 2006.

The office building – which features plenty of glass both inside and out – supports about 600 corporate employees, though it was designed to be able to accommodate 880 staff members. Schreiber Foods employs an estimated 2,500 in the Green Bay area, and more than 5,000 worldwide.

Just one block from the Fox River and downtown Green Bay’s CityDeck, the building features a well-manicured courtyard inviting employees to relax and take a break from the busy workday.