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Words From Friends:  MOM Gets A Hand From Iconica’s Volunteers

Words from Friends: MOM Gets a Hand from Iconica’s Volunteers

This article was written by MOM to appear in the Middleton Times-Tribune. Because of an urgent need to expand services for the people in Middleton, in March of 2013, Middleton Outreach Ministry,  (MOM) moved into our new facilities. This quick move, followed by a Capital Campaign, meant that we only had time to make the most urgent improvements and that other important improvements still needed to be addressed. Our Wisconsin…

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Hot Traffic On The Ice In A Design-Build Showcase At The Edgewater

Hot Traffic on the Ice in a Design-Build Showcase at The Edgewater

Iconica was pleased to participate in designing and building an ice shanty for auction as part of the Clean Lakes Alliance’s "Frozen Assets 2016" fundraising event held February 5th-7th at The Edgewater Hotel, located on the shore of Lake Mendota. The Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA), a not-for-profit organization, devoted to improving the water quality of the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the Yahara River watershed held the ice shanty design-build…

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Iconica’s New Star Attracts Media Attention

Iconica’s New Star Attracts Media Attention

Matt Wellenkotter stepped into a highly challenging role requiring industry relations, technical knowledge, process change management, diplomacy, and psychology—  and expertly executed it all on the fly!  His work was so exceptional that it attracted media attention.  Jess Stephen a writer for The Daily Reporter wrote this piece: Iconica’s Wellenkotter goes from playing in the dirt to managing it By: Jessica Stephen, Special to The Daily Reporter Matt Wellenkotter can’t…

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Beyond Play: What My Survey Revealed— By Kathy Pientka

Beyond Play: What My Survey Revealed— by Kathy Pientka

Without a doubt, everyone on our team loves one or both: designing and building. The passion shows in how we speak, how we operate, and even in what we have sitting around on our desks. Some of us have legos, some little models, some have samples of interesting materials, and others keep small building parts.  So, it wasn’t a big surprise when I got a tremendous response to the internal…

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Iron Block Building Wins Prestigious Driehaus Preservation Award

Iron Block Building Wins Prestigious Driehaus Preservation Award

Awed, Honored, and Excited The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the Dental Associates Iron Block Building one of its four prestigious 2015 Driehaus Preservation Awards.  Iconica was the co-recipient for outstanding construction work in restoring this magnificent building at the center of Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   Jim Pientka, President, accepted the award on November 4, on behalf of Iconica at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. during the opening plenary ceremony…

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Construction Labor Shortage: Why Is It Happening, And How Do We Fix It?

Construction Labor Shortage: Why is it happening, and how do we fix it?

You may have heard the grumblings throughout the construction industry about the difficulty in finding skilled laborers – from design all the way through construction – and the issues that this shortage causes. Challenges that have dramatically increased following the recent recession such as missed deadlines, lower quality workmanship, and increased errors are now forcing us to reevaluate the approaches that we take in hiring our own talent, selecting subcontractors,…

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Zander Place: Brownfield To Apartments

Zander Place: Brownfield to Apartments

  Today we’re celebrating the completion of Zander Place, a beautiful 3-story, 45-unit residence at the west end of Main Street in Cross Plains. It may not sound unique at first blush, but it has a great story. The project site is loaded with local history and was previously home to Zander Creamery, a longtime pillar of the Cross Plains community. Unfortunately, the creamery closed over 10 years ago due…

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The First Step in a Great Space: Take Your Time for Thorough Predesign— Part #2

In our last post, we discussed why we feel so passionate about predesign. Here we take a look at some game-changing examples where clients asked us to step in and help them plan their spaces, and then we helped them to clear obstacles to project success. Dental Office A dentist client wanted to gain momentum in her new practice by opening in January, when her clients would be using their…

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The First Step in a Great Space: Take Your Time for Thorough Predesign

Well-conceived architectural design allows you to create energy or instill calm, hones your operational footprint, and supports your biggest asset – your employees. It probes from every angle in order to preserve options for future business growth and change, and it is ever-cognizant of cost. The crucial first step is the seldom seen, holistic analysis that sets the stage for exceeding expectations: predesign. Predesign is where your architect gains an…

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