PRA Wins ASID Design Excellence Awards

Four recently-completed facilities designed by Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP (PRA) were honored by the Wisconsin Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) at the organization’s 2019 Design Excellence Awards on March 21.

Duluth Trading Company’s new headquarters in Mount Horeb, WI was given a Gold Award for the category of Office/Corporate 100,000 square feet and over. The five-story, 108,000 square foot building is designed to be an extension of Duluth Trading Company’s brand of hardworking clothes for hardworking people.

Residence by Rennes was presented a Silver Award in the Senior Living category. The 24-unit memory care community-based residential facility is an addition to an existing campus in De Pere, WI. The new addition provides a contemporary vision for the campus while supporting the Rennes Group’s level of quality care.

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center earned a Bronze Award in the Healthcare/Medical – 100,000 square feet and over category. The 109,000 square foot facility in DeKalb, IL provides a unique combination of health and fitness in a comfortable, contemporary space.

Plum Media was presented a Bronze Award in the category of Office/Corporate 15,000 to 34,999 square feet. The project created a vibrant and eclectic new headquarters for the company in the historic, 1929 former home of the Milwaukee Casket Company.

Interior design services for these projects were provided by Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP.

Open Offices Lead to Open Communication

If your business requires open communication between staff, then your physical environment must respond to their communication needs.  We work in teams on the design of all of our architectural projects.  There may be five or more architects working on one project.  It is extremely important that they can easily communicate with each other, and keep in touch with other project teams.

Three years ago, we moved from an individual cubicle environment with five-foot partitions to an open environment with fewer lower partitions.  We designed three offices, two for accounting and one for the managing partner.  The remaining staff (70) including the partners are in open cubicles.  Before we moved, we surveyed our staff to see if they would be receptive to the change.  The younger staff embraced the change but older staff were skeptical.  Now that we are in the new environment for three years this is what they say about the change.

“It allows for the opportunity to see what others in the office are working on.  It is very easy to get consumed with your own studio, but the open office environment helps me to stay in tune with the rest of the studios and there designs.” Michael

“An open office environment encourages frequent communication between project team members, and creates a culture of continuous improvement.”  Anthony

“Our open office environment allows our younger staff to listen to conversations from upper level staff and provides them real on-the-job-training.”  Karen

We created huddle rooms for private conversations and larger conference rooms for group and client meetings.  Our café, once called the lunchroom, is in the middle of the office and open to the staff.  This also encourages communication between teams that are not working together.

When we show clients our office, they love it.  They can see firsthand the interaction between our staff and can envision their own staff in the new environment.  Improved communication and lesser square feet per staff member also improves the bottom line.

We are proud to say we eat our own cooking…and our clients love it!

What Can You Learn from 150 Years of Experience?

Learning about past experiences in design and construction is key in order to keep creating quality healthcare environments. The Healthcare in the Built Environment Conference is a chance for Owners, representatives, designers, architects, contractors, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction to continue that education. Healthcare environments are complex systems best accomplished through collaboration and teamwork. This conference is structured to facilitate the communication required to achieve optimal outcomes.

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Architects Are Problem Solvers First

Most people think the main job of an Architect is to create beautiful buildings. But that’s only partly correct. At PRA, we’re problem solvers first. Clients hire us when they have a facilities issue they don’t have the ability to solve by themselves. Our clients either need additional physical space, want to improve operational efficiency, or need to improve their image or facility brand. In many cases, the client needs or wants all three.

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Welcome 2017

It’s been a great year for Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP. We are excited about what 2017 brings and we are working hard to deliver quality design and help solve our clients’ problems of space, efficiency and image. Check out what some of our clients are saying about Why they selected PRA. Also take a look at just a few of the projects we are currently designing.

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PRA is a Top Workplace

At Plunkett Raysich Architects we know we are a great place to work, but based on a recent employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics we are officially a Top Workplace as listed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The staff is engaged, challenged and effective.

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Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Opens Phase I

Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital invites the public to a Community Open House event on Tuesday, July 21 to commemorate  the grand opening of a new addition at the hospital. The event celebrates the completion of phase one of a three-phase project to upgrade hospital facilities and to support quality care to the community. The Community Open House runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and visitors can enter to win a range of prizes and giveaways. + Read more