S.C. Swiderski’s new,11,322 ft per floor,two story corporate headquarters incorporates as much masonry as possible to satisfy the owner’s desire for durability and stateliness of design. It is located on a prominent site in Mosinee, with road frontage on all four sides. The corporate offices occupy the second floor - which offers excellent views of the Wisconsin River – and part of the first floor. The remaining half of the first floor will be leased to tenants. This arrangement allows for future expansion.
The building was originally conceived as a bi-level built against the hillside. The plan soon changed to a full two-story structure in order to maximize building size. The hill was leveled out to accommodate the new design as well as to provide adequate parking space for the larger building. Some road improvements accompanied the construction.
The owner’s former office had been located in one of downtown Mosinee’s vintage brick buildings. Creative use of masonry in the detailing and aesthetics of the new office building allows it to echo that vintage charm in durable modern masonry units. The brown tones of the clay utility sized brick veneer along with 1440 smooth and chiseled face decorative cast stone headers and wainscoting help achieve this look.
The building’s impressive character carries through to the interior. Natural stone accent walls in the entrance hall and grand staircase, and upstairs behind the reception desk and in the boardroom, are sure to impress visitors. The ledgestone veneer creates a look that is at once rustic and impressive, in keeping with the natural beauty of north central Wisconsin.
Much time was spent with a soils engineer studying and testing the building site. The site features unique soil conditions with a varying degree of shallow bedrock. The foundation had to be specially engineered to bear properly on the natural solid bedrock to prevent settling or cracking of the masonry building over time.
Another design challenge came up in relation to the building’s energy efficiency. The architect wanted to ensure thermal integrity of the building’s 1” rigid insulation without interfering with the installation of the masonry veneer. Using X-seal anchors to attach the masonry veneer helped keep thermal gaps to a minimum and maintain the integrity of the vapor barrier.
Quality was given top priority throughout the project. The owner did not have a specific completion schedule, so plenty of time was allotted for quality control of all exterior and interior materials.All industry standards were met or exceeded, from material to labor. All cost considerations were addressed before the project began in order to stay on budget.
Construction of the project took place from August, 2013 to August, 2014, with some pauses to accommodate cold snaps and other projects. Other than having to use temporary heat to work in cold weather, the project proceeded smoothly. This impressive new building blends well with other buildings in the area, yet stands out as a distinctive architectural presence in Mosinee.