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INFORMED | Spring 2021



It doesn’t get much better (or purpose-driven) than helping our partners at Fincantieri visualize how their shipyard will produce the Navy’s new Constellation-class Guided-Missile Frigate and Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle development. The article below highlights a recent visit from Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, as he visited the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on a range of topics, including the desire to better understand the design efforts of the Constellation-class frigates. Performa was honored to develop a physical, interactive, model of the shipyard to illustrate the important work, innovation, and dedication of the shipyard workers and how they will bring this class of ships to life.

View the Fincantieri Marinette Marine model, here, and the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding model, here



Systems Control’s purpose is clear: Extraordinary customer service that is powered by people.

Quality and reliability aren’t just words for Systems Control. They are a way of life. For nearly 60 years, the Systems Control team has set the standard for quality, reliable, turnkey, and customized solutions that protect, transmit and distribute energy from source to grid to consumer. Electric utility providers recognize and count on them to supply critical components to ensure the reliable operation of the electrical grid. Located in the heart of the Northwoods in Iron Mountain, Mich., the company’s culture of hard work, precision, integrity, and customized customer care has fueled its successful growth.

The Challenge

Systems Control has partnered with Performa for 20 years. It was five years into this relationship when significant market shifts began happening. Instead of constructing a metal control building, ordering panels and getting them installed, the industry was demanding a turnkey building, engineered and constructed with preinstalled panels so they could “plug and play” or drop into a substation in a matter of days. According to Jon Harry, VP of Operational Excellence, “Suddenly our factory needed to be vastly different. The doorways, openings, the open space required, where the columns were located … everything got very large. We realized Systems Control needed to develop a different thought process and mindset about how we designed buildings and flowed product.”

Ultimately, the organization needed a physical environment that:

  • matched this industry shift
  • enabled the flexibility to respond to future changes
  • helped recruit and retain the talent required to ensure the company’s continued growth

The Transformational Outcome

Systems Control now has a centralized production facility with more than 400,000 square feet of production space, enabling it to produce thousands of relay panels and hundreds of control buildings each year, as well as to adapt to industry and production changes. It is a world-class environment that has been critical in recruiting talent to its region.

According to Jon Harry, VP of Operational Excellence, “When we bring people in for an interview to work in our factory, they are so impressed with the amount of natural light, the cleanliness of the air, the windows that look into the office, the placement of the breakrooms and the bathrooms. All those little design elements are very important for our process of getting talent to join our company. Performa has helped us develop an environment where they look around and say, ‘Wow, this is a world-class facility. I want to work here.’ Performa is honored to have helped Systems Control transform the company’s physical environment to serve its customers better, recruit talent, reflect the evolving brand and truly give the company’s purpose the space to thrive.

To learn more about System’s Control‘s transformational outcome, click here to view their story!


A Purpose-Driven Partnership with Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute

This past February, Performa partnered with Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute to co-host a webinar on “Connecting Purpose, People and Place – and Why It Matters”. Over 200 people attended this interactive event and explored how they could bring together Purpose, People and Place and the benefits of connecting all three in our current volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. The session helped attendees:

  • Understand the benefits of the purpose paradigm and practical ways to integrate Purpose, People and Place in their workplace.
  • Discuss what it means to develop a clear and compelling purpose that inspires and provides a clear sense of direction.
  • Learn how to engage their people by using their values to guide decision-making, authentic communication, and care and recognition.
  • Engage in some interactive visioning exercises that explore the role of space in reinforcing purpose and values. This included case studies of spaces that were designed to reinforce purpose and demonstrate how core values are built into the physical environment, even as the built environment continues to evolve around us.

If you missed the webinar, you may still access the recording and resources by clicking here. If you’re interested in a Purpose Lab Experience, please email



Our team is settling nicely into our newly designed Midtown office in Atlanta. Special thanks to the trusted partners that brought our new space to life! It truly takes a village…

Choate Construction
Parkside Partners
Miller Electric
Cabeen Originals
CWC – Herman Miller
CWC, Office Images, Onemost Studio
Blinds and Design
Smart Lighting Solutions, Illuminations, RBW
Skyline Design



Check out this short video message from long-time client, Bob Bouwer of Faith Church in Dyer, IN as he gives praise for our work in supporting their growing congregation. Performa’s relationship with Faith Church spans 25 years and we are honored to have helped give their purpose the space to thrive!


4 | 16 | 10

Each number means something special to Matt Marek, Principal and Vice President of Capital Strategies at Performa.

  • 4 represents his 4 sons: Paul, 12; Noah, 10; Edward, 8 and Cullen, 1.
  • 16 represents the number of years he’s been married to his wife, Carinna.
  • 10 represents the decade of impact and time he’s spent with Performa.

Curious is one of Performa’s core values. For us, that means learning, exploring, and engaging deeper to better understand. Curious is a value that not only applies to our clients but also our team which is why we recently sat down with Matt to learn more about him personally and explore his connection with Performa’s purpose. In this short spotlight, Matt shares his hobbies, his alma mater and a few stories that illustrate the powerful advantage of a fully integrated A/E approach. You’ll learn why he’s passionate about elevating the role of engineering in purpose-driven design.

To read Matt’s full story highlighting, The Competitive Advantages of a Fully Integrated A/E Firm, click here.

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