Thysse Corporate Headquarters
2021 • International Interior Design Association, Wisconsin ChapterFirst Place, Corporate (over 25,000 sf) Category
2021 • Tilt-Up Concrete AssociationTilt-Up Achievement Award
This new corporate campus for a printing and environmental branding company brings employees from multiple buildings to a single future-flexible, amenity-filled headquarters. Nearly triple their prior space, the new building is a canvas for the company’s work, offers room to grow, and improves internal connections and efficiencies between office and production spaces.
The building massing was conceived as two wings. The smaller wing is situated at the back of the site, housing much of the office space. The second, larger wing, is home to an open production facility with shipping/receiving and a mezzanine for future internal expansion. The office and production wings are offset from one another creating a two-story lobby that divides the building’s two floors into four quadrants. A monumental stair and landing serve as a node to connect thze two levels and four quadrants of the office area.
Tilt-up concrete was utilized for much of the production facility and as a series of solid planes along the office wing. The voids between concrete panels are infilled with glass to optimize daylighting and views. An orange metal panel – illuminated at night – surrounds the glass, uniting the building and celebrating the company’s brand. A subtle angle to the orange roof overhang along the south side of the building forms a shading device over the large glass expanse and two-level outdoor patio.
The new headquarters provides critical work and production spaces to improve capabilities and efficiencies. In addition, nearly 5,500 square feet is dedicated to shared amenity spaces. A large break room with fireplace and operable glass wall opens to an outdoor patio for all-staff meetings and social activities.
On the second floor, a multi-purpose gathering space equipped with a bar serves as an informal meeting space for clients and happy hours. Opposite the gathering room, double doors allow events to spill onto the adjacent outdoor terrace.
Company branding is embedded throughout the building, inside and out. Finishes and furnishings complement the architecture and integrate opportunities to communicate and showcase their work to potential clients. Motifs throughout the facility are inspired by the site and adjacent marsh and highlight the company’s history and expansion over the last eight decades.
Future growth was critical to the design of the building. The office has the capacity for staff to nearly double in size as they expand into open workstations and collaboration areas as well as a 5,800-square-foot unoccupied mezzanine.
Designing with Sustainability in Mind
As a print company, Thysse relies heavily on electric power to support its many printing presses and support equipment. The opportunity to utilize renewable energy could dramatically reduce their long-term operational costs. 850 bi-facial solar panels were incorporated onto the roof of the production facility. These panels have the potential to produce approximately 350,000 kWh annually, sequestering more than half a million pounds of CO2 every year.
The main exterior wall system is comprised of tilt-up concrete panels. This site-cast wall system was selected for its lower construction cost and durability. In addition, the project was able to utilize concrete from just a quarter mile away, dramatically reducing the embodied carbon of the material due to minimal transportation.
Natural daylighting has been incorporated into all spaces of the facility. In the office space floor to ceiling glass capture views and light along the south of the building and operate in concert with a full LED lighting system. High CRI lighting in the production area provides the highest level of true color for improved printing processes.