The five-story, $85-million corporate headquarters building and global technology center of an international dairy company was a cornerstone of efforts to revitalize the downtown of Green Bay, Wis. The 260,000-square-foot facility was designed to serve nearly 600 on-site employees, with expansion capability to 900 staff members.
The Glass & Glazing division of H.J. Martin and Son installed 47,445 square feet of transparent glass on the building’s exterior. A Kawneer 1600 Wall System™ 1 curtain wall provided an attractive mid-rise application with uninterrupted seam lines. The curtain wall was complemented by Kawneer 5500 horizontal ribbon windows, featuring extreme frontal placement of glass.
The Doors & Hardware division of H.J. Martin and Son utilized Kawneer AA® 425 aluminum doors, which provided an attractive look along with high thermal efficiency.
The innovative use of glass continued within the building’s interior. Among the additional 7,000 square feet of glass was a five-story, circular staircase that led from the wood-toned lobby to a rooftop terrace for associates, along with a partner corridor and commons area that is visible to guests in order to provide a sense of activity and vibrancy. Switch Glass, which changes the opacity of glass from clear to frosted at the flip of a switch, was utilized for its sustainability and privacy characteristics.
Challenges of the project included working within a heavily trafficked area downtown, where the movement of large-scale materials was needed with pedestrians nearby. Aerial installations were made more difficult by winds blowing in off the nearby Fox River, particularly during winter months. The stair-railing glass and break-metal work on the grand staircase required completion with maximum efficiency as it shut down access to other trades.
The Corporate Headquarters received the prestigious LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It also was honored in November 2014 with a Mayor’s Beautification Award from the City of Green Bay.