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INFORMED | Fall 2021


Schneider’s Innovation Center Ground Breaking

Schneider, a premier provider of truckload, intermodal and logistics services, officially broke ground at The Grove, their new innovation center this month. In partnership with Gensler, Performa has designed this high-tech 20,000 SF innovation center to host work zones that adapt and flex to accommodate both collaborative and dedicated work styles. This inspiring, progressive workplace and showcase venue feature an oversized central communicating staircase that both provides access to the mezzanine level’s feature conference room and space for presentations and team huddles. Performa is proud of this project and the 25-year relationship we have with Schneider and excited to see what innovative next practices are developed in this new facility.


Performa Launches a Sub-series of Podcasts

Ever wonder how a physical workspace enhances employee motivation or creates an atmosphere for team members to thrive?

Performa has partnered with Gut+Science, a weekly show with the nation’s greatest leaders and CEOs on a sub-series of podcasts that will explore questions like these. We’ll be sharing a few episodes in the coming months that will focus on the connection between the leader, their organization’s purpose, and how intentionally designed workspace experiences have been a powerful tool in helping Give their Purpose the Space to Thrive.

EPISODE 1: Begins with guest Craig Dickman, Managing Director of TitletownTech. Host Nikki Lewallen with PeopleForward Network and Performa’s cohost Brian Netzel talk with Craig about his leadership journey, co-creating dream jobs, and the deliberate design of the workplace experience.

Listen to the podcast now and hear key messages from Craig here:

EPISODE 2: Features Christopher Howald, CEO at Tweet/Garot Mechanical and fourth-generation leader who believes he is a steward to his employees and the business instead of just an owner. In this episode, the group discusses surrendering control to empower your people to perform at their best. Truths you can act on!
Listen to the podcast now and hear key messages from Christopher,

Stay tuned for future podcasts!


Carolyn Glime

Meet Carolyn Glime, a talented architect passionate about planning with purpose in mind. In this short video, she explains how she “digs to uncover” each clients’ unique purpose. In her words, “every organization has a reason it exists – I want to understand that “why” and figure out how that manifests itself in the designs we create.” She also explains the importance of curiosity, a Performa value that ensures it’s “never about me – it about the relationships with our clients and with each other.” She also shares the creative pursuits in her personal life and the joy of working with non-profit and higher education clients throughout her career.

For more Team Member Spotlights, click here.

Spotlights are Performa’s way of celebrating the people who deliver transformational outcomes every day.
Thank you for watching and helping us celebrate them!


Protecting Dreams, Passions and Livelihoods   

Society Insurance Headquarters Remodel Master Plan
Protecting dreams, passions, and livelihoods with tailor-made insurance solutions is the purpose driving Society Insurance. The 100-year-old company is headquartered in Fond du Lac, WI and offers specialty business insurance to restaurants and bars in several states across the U.S.

The Opportunity

Significant growth, the desire for a better employee experience, and the need for a space that better reflected and supported their culture – were three driving factors behind the remodel and repurposing of Society’s headquarters space.

The Transformational Outcome

Performa was engaged in master planning and developing a phased design for their remodeled headquarters. The planning process was highly collaborative. Taking a cue from their innovative culture, Performa identified a unique opportunity for Society Insurance to test the proposed building transformation design concept by creating a “pilot” space. Working closely with Atmosphere Commercial Interiors and using mostly Steelcase furniture, various work zones were developed to create a neighborhood. Over 100 employees participated in the pilot to test the environment’s ability to enhance the culture and brand alignment, create a flexible and engaging environment, implement best and next practices, and maximize the use of space.

The 64,000 SF office remodel currently accommodates their nearly 200 team members and better utilizes the original building design without adding square footage and takes advantage of tremendous natural light. Flexible, collaborative spaces with improved technology and remote conferencing capabilities support the needs of individual business units. Additional meeting spaces/conference rooms, an expanded board room with updated lighting and A.V., and repurposed supply room space were also project elements. The employee workday experience was enhanced with a remodeled cafeteria and the addition of three collaborative coffee bar spaces, one on each floor nestled into the core of the building. Each coffee bar is uniquely branded: the upper floor space is coined the “Daily Grind,” the middle floor area is named “Mutual Grounds,” and the lower floor offers two cafes coined “Winnebago Lounge and Harbour Lounge.”

Performa worked closely with Thysse Design, our environmental graphic design partner, to identify potential branding and storytelling opportunities. These coffee bars and other environmental graphic design work were seamlessly integrated with the architecture. Wood and tile, in conjunction with graphics and messaging, create a compelling facility brand that works within the building’s overall finishes palette.

Subtle space and furniture improvements support enhanced wellness and ergonomics, all of which can be felt throughout the design. Increased use of all spaces on campus to support serendipitous, unstructured functions (hang-out, have fun, connect) were incorporated. A welcoming yet secure entrance and other interior hospitality improvements (HVAC, lighting, white noise, furniture) were introduced to improve the comfort and overall customer and employee experience.

The campus master plan includes a phased approach to implementation, allowing Society the flexibility to expand and maneuver to respond to growth and evolving business needs. To further support flexibility, special attention was paid to limiting the number of interior walls that need to be relocated. A furniture solution (demountable walls) was utilized vs. hard construction. Finally, the building remained fully operational (including food service) throughout construction.

Performa is honored to have helped the Society Insurance give their purpose the space to thrive; now and well into the future.


St. Norbert College

Twenty-five years of transformational outcomes – you can feel the power of this relationship in this heartfelt video message from our long-time friends and clients at St. Norbert College. Mr. Tom Kunkel, President Emeritus and Dr. Brian Bruess, current President of St. Norbert College, recently shared their thoughts on the institution’s 25-year relationship with Performa. Listen in as they recount some of the most memorable transformational outcomes that have impacted their students, faculty, and staff and given their purpose the space to thrive!


Congratulations Tian Newman, P.E.

Performa would like to celebrate Tian Newman, P.E. an engineering project manager and electrical engineer who joined Performa in April 2021. She recently received her Professional Engineering (P.E.) license for the State of Wisconsin. Tian earned her Master’s and Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Marquette University. Project management, end-to-end power distribution, lighting design, arc flash risk assessment are just a few of Tian’s many talents.


Award: Focus on Energy (FOE)

Energy-efficient, high-performance design is one of the things we get passionate about at Performa. That’s why we’re proud to recently receive an award from Focus on Energy in W.I. in the “Energy Design Assistance” category. Performa was among six firms recognized as a 2021 New Construction Trade Ally with the highest level of engagement in the FOE program out of all other firms in Wisconsin. This year’s award recipients completed new construction projects with Focus on Energy between July 2020 and June 2021. View press release.

For more information on the award and FOE, click here: FOCUS ON ENERGY® Ally Award Winners.

Performa Ranks Among Top 95 A/E Firms

Performa has ranked 83 in the Top 95 A/E Firms as reported in Building Design+Construction‘s 2021 Giants 400 Report. The report ranks the largest architecture, engineering and construction firms in the U.S. and includes more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and specialty categories. Performa appears on several building sector lists, including data centers, office buildings, university, and workplace/interior fit-out sectors. Read more, here.

Fall Conference: Georgia Association of State Facilities Administrators (GASFA)

Douglas Webster, Performa Office Leader / Director – Southeast Region, recently attended The GASFA Fall Conference in Jekyll Island, GA. The event delivered three days of interactive networking, intensive workshops, and educational sessions with facility managers across the State of Georgia Government. It proved to be a great event to connect and learn from others on topics like building automation, preparing facilities for pandemic considerations and things like needlepoint bi-polar ionization and best practices for healthy facility design.

ATLANTA: Welcomes New Team Members

Meet Adam Karabenli

A Georgia native, Adam Karabenli, PE, S.E. joins our engineering team as a structural engineer in our Atlanta office. Previously with Walter P Moore, Adam will augment and expand the firm’s structural expertise with a wide range of project experience. He has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A detail-oriented problem-solver and technically savvy, Adam enjoys the nuances of structural design. When he’s not working, you’ll find him spending time with his growing family, on the golf course, supporting the Atlanta Braves, or renovating his home.

Meet Jamie Guzick 

An experienced architect and project leader, Jamie Guzick, AIA, NCARB, joins our architectural team in Atlanta. Jamie brings a diverse and rich experience in industrial, manufacturing, healthcare, and corporate environments. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) focused in Architecture from the College of Architecture and Design at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. When she’s not working, Jamie enjoys traveling, spending time with her dog, and hiking the Appalachian Mountains.

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