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NSI is the major tenant of the Sauk Trails Plaza II, with 75,000 sf. 215 employees call the offices home. Iconica designed to accommodate future growth through the next 15 years.  The sophisticated office has 10ft ceilings, contemporary furniture, creative lighting groupings, sound masking technology, and a variety of conference and meeting rooms. Creative detailing provides additional conversation nooks, work enclaves, and mother’s rooms for privacy and impromptu meetings. On the third floor is a 3000 SF work café and a servery with a commercial kitchen, chef, and coffee bar.

“It was great fun collaborating with NSI on their new office space, creating an environment that exudes flexibility, modernity, and connectivity. Over the course of almost three years, we worked together as a team to create diverse workplace settings that allow their teams to work in a place that is built upon community, collaboration and knowledge sharing, where staff can find different spaces to suit their needs – whether formal, informal, quiet or lively.  Bright pops of color complement the primarily neutral scheme, with bold lighting fixture groupings that start to blur the line between function and art installation.  The project turned out beautifully, and I hope that they enjoy their new space for many years to come.” – Steve Carbin, Interior Architectural Designer

The 3 story office space boasts wide open floor plans so that every office has natural lighting. A large interior monumental staircase is the centerpiece of the office and connects all floors and departments. The staircase has white terrazzo treads, no risers, and is held with only one line of steel. The staircase and the 20×30′ opening has a clerestory roof extension at the top creating a fifty foot natural light well. From the ceiling, a 72-light OCL glowStick fixture is installed. These lights extend from the ceiling all the way down the three-story staircase and are programmed for various lighting patterns.

“The lighting reinforces the centerpiece of the office spaces. I see this as an area for all NSI staff to come together. It plays off of the open nature and speaks to the client’s culture of teamwork. The result is dynamic and powerful.” – John Seamon, Director of Design Strategy

Iconica was selected as the designer and builder for the project and worked closely with both the tenant and landlord. The team worked on architecture, engineering, interior design, and construction services. “This was a great team project,” said Tony Blum, superintendent, “From drawings, structural and architectural work, to working with the client’s needs and vision, I believe we gave the client something I think they are very proud of.”

Superintendent: Tony Blum

Project Manager: Mike Walters

Architect: Jeff Eaton

Interior Architectural Designer: Steve Carbin

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NSI Kitchen
NSI Stairway
NSI Offices

Madison, WI


75,000 SF

December 2017


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