Published February 14, 2018 16:25
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) and Wieser Brothers General Contractor, Inc. (Wieser) were recognized for completing some of the most impressive and unique construction work in 2017. Ashley and Wieser received a GOLD Projects of Distinction Award by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin for the restoration renovation of Ashley’s Chapel Hill building in Arcadia, Wis.
The Ashley Chapel Hill Advanced Technology Center is a renovation of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, built in the 1940s, into a world-class office building for the largest furniture manufacturer in the world. The transformation was inspired by an industrial design to create an office building full of natural light, open spaces and high ceilings. Extensive demolition was performed with care to create open space, while preserving exposed beams and concrete to maintain the integrity of the building. The renovation included new HVAC, 12 new restrooms, two kitchen/lunch rooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, lounges, a wellness center and an auditorium, which is the former chapel.
“Creating a modern, high-tech and efficient office space while maintaining original architectural beauty from this historic building presented significant design challenges,” said Mike Moran, Director of Plant Engineering, Ashley Furniture Industries. “Ashley had to adapt the plans several times, and needed a contractor that was willing to adjust to every hurdle faced. Wieser Brothers was able to provide that balance, maintaining schedule, controlling costs, and presenting valuable engineering ideas all while keeping a positive attitude and respect for this important historic building.”
“There are six independent expert judges who use stringent criteria such as onsite safety, unusual circumstances or challenges and the overall quality of construction delivered to the customer,” said John Mielke, ABC of Wisconsin President. “Projects that receive awards are not only unique, but impressive!”
The Projects of Distinction Awards, which recognizes projects built on merit, were presented February 15 at the Glacial Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. Nearly 400 attendees were on hand to experience the many high-quality projects that ABC member contractors delivered for business and industry. In all, 45 projects were recognized with gold and silver awards.