by: Crystal Leto
The Neumann Office Team hit the road on Thursday, October 20, 2016 for Neumann on Wheels (NOW) tours of the Kemin Worldwide Headquarters and the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center jobsites.
The two tours were fantastic thanks in large part to our guides at each project – Project Superintendent Bob Shearon and Project Manager Berry Reeves led us on a tour of Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, and Project Manager Brian Hostetler led us on a tour of Kemin. Each took time out of their busy schedules to show us around the projects and the field crews allowed us to invade their work space for a short time.
Our first stop was the new Waukee Innovation and Learning Center in Waukee. There is nothing traditional about this 54,000 sf building. The interesting shape is striking – but a step inside reveals the exterior is just the beginning of this beautifully designed and skillfully constructed facility.
Airy, open and full of natural light – gray and white walls, ceilings and columns are contrasted with bursts of bold color. Designed by Invision Architects, the combination of curves, colors, textures and materials create an energetic, creative environment. From the pastel paneled ceilings, to the brilliant second floor gathering rooms, to the open floorplan – everything about it says “Imagine. Dream. Collaborate.”
Our next stop was the new Kemin Worldwide Headquarters addition in Des Moines. Brian started our visit by sharing plans for and describing the main phases of the project in the Neumann trailer. Having a quick visual rundown of what had taken place, what was in progress and what the final product would look like made the tour even more interesting.
With a wood burning pizza oven in the cafeteria, a tranquil courtyard featuring a reflection pool, and a fully equipped gym – everything about this 90,000 sf addition demonstrates Kemin’s desire to provide a first rate working environment for their employees.
The field and office teams share the same goal – build relationships by delivering quality projects on time and in budget to clients. How and where we each contribute to that goal varies. NOW gives everyone in the office a chance to experience the projects in person and see field crews managing, constructing, improving, renovating and restoring first hand.