Schneider Lobby Renovation - Bringing your Brand and Culture to Life Through Your Facilities. Tour Recap.

In January IFMA-NEW held our monthly meeting at Schneider in Green Bay, Ty Wagner presented.

Schneider Lobby Renovation - Bringing your Brand and Culture to Life Through Your Facilities followed up by a tour of the space.  The presentation focused on the following items:  the story, the before and after photos, key learnings (processpolitics), and what’s next.

The Story

The marketing department procured an ad agency to help with rebranding the corporate image for Schneider.  As a result, the facility department was asked to bring the Hiebing lobby design to life through a comprehensive lobby renovation and to create a superior lobby experience for the associates and customers that reinforce the culture and brand.

Before Image:

After Image:

Key learnings to bringing your culture to life are:

  • Picking the project delivery method that meets your schedule such as Design Build or Traditional/Hard Bid.  Schneider used design build to accommodate the extremely tight schedule.
  • Team and Design Partner is Critical-
    • Once and lifetime opportunity use your design staff and hire contingent workers to handle the day to day work and free up design staff time to focus on project.
    • Design team meetings were for 4 hours two times a week.
    • Partners: Hiebing; elevate 97; Schleis Floor Covering; Hendricks Painting & Decorating; JW Industries, Inc.; Becks Quality Cabinets; United Sign
  • When selling the project speak the language of the C-Suite. Be concise, 3 slides were used in presentation to executive level showing cost, schedule, and next steps.  3D Visual tools are impactful; a video rendering of the conceptual space was shown to present the end result. 
  • Build in approval check points.  Final designs concepts for each of the areas were presented at weekly meetings with Marketing and the VP facilities.  Two progress checkpoints were built into the schedule for executive approvals.
  • Contingency is critical when doing a design build, used about 20 percent of estimate project cost.
  • Build/allow organizational excitement
    • Rather than keep everything under wraps Schneider chose let the associate see the progress which built up excitement and anticipation for the finished lobby.  Associates would go check on progress week to week just to see “what was next”.
  • Celebrate
    • Schneider chose to “celebrate” as a company with a ceremony for unveiling of the Don and Al Schneider portraits. 
    • The team was rewarded with gift cards.

What’s next?

This opened up the door for the following areas:


  • Customer Conference Room
  • Upper level restrooms
  • Customer Service Area
  • Remote Sites

2016 (beyond)

  •  Remainder CBC
  •  Remote Sites

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FMP and SFP 


SEW IFMA chapter will be offering the FMP and SFP courses this year.  Click below for more information and a link to the flyers.

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Save the Date for Tri-Chapter 2015

Mark your calendar for MAY 21, 2015 for the IFMA Tri-Chapter Symposium,
hosted this year by IFMA Northeast Wisconsin and held at UW-Oshkosh.
The 2015 event will focus on going “back to school” and getting educated
on the latest in facilities management. There will be a keynote speaker,
engaging break-out sessions, tours, and plenty of networking.
For more information and registration, visit:

Registration Opening in March!

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Skills USA The Facilithon

In September 2014, a team was formed to create the first High school student competition Facilities Management through SkillsUSA Wisconsin. This team is comprised of a number of IFMA fellows across the US along with chapter members with a passion for the next generation of FM’s from Minnesota, Colorado and WI.   Our event, its rules and methods were formally approved by SkillsUSA WI in December of 2014. We are currently in the marketing period for our event which extends through March 2015.  This pilot event is scheduled to occur at SkillsUSA WI’s state conference, April 26-27th, 2015 at Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Provided this initial event is successful, the model will spread to other states toward national launch potentially in 2018.

In creating a viable competitive event in Facilities Management for SkillsUSA, our team contemplated a number of factors. These included specific competence, ability to think on one’s feet and one’s natural tendency to gravitate toward FM as a career. Our team also considered the marketing elements necessary to raise above the din of other competing events and objectives for not only the students themselves, but their SkillsUSA advisor/mentors who help lead students to good outcomes.

Given these factors, we created The Facilithon.  Where other SkillsUSA events have rather mundane names, this unique Occupation-based competition’s name evokes something higher, loftier. The Facilithon has three parts;

  •          a 50 question test that examines specific competencies
  •          a 15 minute prepared role-play based on a test case scenario
  •          The FM challenge, basically an emergency monkey wrench thrown in the path for the student to respond to by thinking on their feet.   This “monkey wrench” is delivered either via video, paper or verbally at the end of the prepared role-play event.

We will have a booth at 5 upcoming regional conferences around the state from late January through February.  Additionally, we will have presence at the WI Tech Education Conference March 25-27th, which coincides with the International Tech Ed conference’s first time in Milwaukee.   

Any of these are great events to see what the next generation is doing in addition to sharing our message of this great new competitive event. There’s little or no work involved, just sharing your passion of FM with those who stop by, quite fun by comparison with other winter weekend tasks. There is also an opportunity to help us judge the first competition in April, as we intend to provide SkillsUSA WI more volunteers than necessary to remain in good standing there.

Interested in meeting the next generation of FM’s on a February weekend? Please contact Elizabeth Crain or Jim Zirbel from the Madison Chapter at 608 442-9770 or

SkillsUSA WI Regional Events

Northcentral Tech College – February 6, 2015  Wausau, WI

Gateway Tech College – February 13, 2015 Racine, WI

Fox Valley Tech College – February 20, 2015 Appleton, WI

UW Stout – February  26-27, 2015 Menominee, WI

WTEA/ITEEA conference- March 25-27, 2015  Wisconsin Center and the Milwaukee Hilton Hotel

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December Meeting

In December IFMA-NEW held our monthly meeting at Beefeaters in Appleton. Chris Kujawa from KEI industries shared information regarding snow removal and throughts to consider when budeting for winter facility expenses.

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Holiday Party

IFMA-NEW enjoyed some holiday cheer and networking at Red & White in Appleton in December.

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IFMA's World Workplace 2015

Date: October 7 - 9, 2015
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Venue: Colorado Convention Center 

 Today’s facility professional is an indispensable business partner. Your ability to make well-informed decisions is expected. Your skill in introducing innovative programs and practices is in demand. Learn how to balance practical FM strategies with creative workplace solutions to improve facility performance, profitability and efficiency. We’ll make sure you’re in step with the latest best practices and ahead of the curve on forward-thinking strategies.

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