2018 Year in Review
Season’s Greetings from the AIA Northeast Wisconsin officers.
2018 proved to be a very busy year for most AIA Members within Wisconsin. Juggling numerous deadlines and searching for qualified employees always seemed to be popular discussion topics amongst members at local events.
As the end of this year approaches, so too does Ian Wilson, AIA,’s tenure as an AIA Northeast Wisconsin officer. Ian has volunteered from 2016 through 2018 helping to represent AIA members in Northeast Wisconsin and provide interesting events in our area of the state. Ian is principle architect of Nolan Carter Architectural Design in Green Bay and continues to volunteer as a board member for the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Architectural Advisory Committee. We sincerely thank Ian for contributing his time and energy to positively impact the AIA Northeast Wisconsin.
With Ian’s term coming to a close, both myself and Kurt Davis, AIA, will continue volunteering as AIA Northeast Wisconsin Officers during 2019. I am a project architect for Community Living Solutions in Appleton and Kurt is a principal architect with Abacus Architects in Sheboygan. We are very pleased to introduce the incoming AIA Northeast Wisconsin Officer Brian Athey, AIA. Brian is the director of construction innovation for Miron Construction in Neenah. We are excited for 2019 and have already discussed ideas for the year ahead. Feel free to reach out to Kurt, Brian or myself with any ideas that you may have.
The lunch and learn events continue to be a popular way for our AIA Northeast Wisconsin members to learn about product updates, socialize and earn learning units. We are very fortunate that Jody Andres, AIA, Jennifer Lehrke, AIA, and Dan Wiitanen, AIA, volunteer to coordinate and host programs in Appleton, Sheboygan and Green Bay.
We held two building tours in 2018: the downtown YMCA in Green Bay and Farm WI Discovery Center in Manitowoc.
The downtown Green Bay YMCA underwent a major renovation project to revitalize its 1928 historic urban building, which was completed in 2017. Berners Schober, the architect of record for both the original project and the remodeling, explained the opportunities and challenges encountered on this project, which had to blend historical character and new modern features.
Immel Construction, the contractor for this project, explained unique construction issues and challenges encountered with this urban renovation project. The amount of care and pride shown for this historic building made for a great AIA building tour.
The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center in Manitowoc, is a brand new 29,000 square foot facility dedicated to educating visitors on how and where their food is produced and why agriculture is important. This facility includes a museum with interactive exhibits, a gift shop, banquet halls and birthing barn all within an agricultural building.
Bayland Building, the architect of record, explained the intensive planning and design process that was involved in creating this multiple building complex. All of the unique spaces present at this facility made for an enjoyable building tour and annual AIA Northeast Wisconsin meeting.
AIA Northeast Wisconsin also participate in the NWTC Architectural Technology Center Annual Trash to Treasure Event.
This mentoring opportunity is sponsored by AIA Northeast Wisconsin and hosted by Miron Construction. NWTC Students built projects from repurposed materials; AIA members juried projects based on:
- Most Sustainable
- Most Creative Use of Materials
- Most Likely to be in an Architect’s Office
Projects were presented and explained by the students involved. Student teams are able to select their own projects to highlights the skills and interests of the individual students; including construction, interior design and artwork. This was a great opportunity to interact with students interested in architecture and hear their ideas, passions and plans for a future in the industry.
Typical to every annual Trash to Treasure, this is event was covered by the local news.
Kurt, Brian and myself are excited for 2019 and already planning events. Please contact us with any ideas or concerns and we look forward to speaking with you and seeing you at AIA events in the upcoming year