Entry ID: 1015
American Family Insurance, headquartered in Madison, Wis., is the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group and ranks No. 311 on the Fortune 500 list. AmFam constructed an eight-story, 158,000-square foot building in the Capital East corridor of its home city at an estimated cost of $55 million. The new facility houses 300 employees, primarily from the company’s venture-capital, community-investment and digital-transformation divisions, along with its just-launched American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. The institute uses entrepreneurial thinking, processes and partnerships to address social issues. Its specific focus is on entrepreneurs of color and female business owners, additionally providing support to entrepreneurship by youth and young adults. A crew of 4-8 flooring installers spent eight months on site, from April to November 2018, completing work on this modern, environmentally sustainable project. A variety of Milliken carpet products were installed on the project. It was chosen for offices throughout the building for its vibrant colors that mix well together for a professional look. In the nearby collaboration areas, Milliken products with a Bohemian look were utilized. Milliken walk-off carpet tile was installed in the vestibule area to collect dirt, snow and salt before visitors arrive at the interior tiled lobby. J&J Invision carpet tile provides soothing colors to welcome those in front of the first-floor fireplace area. Milliken Freelay and Amtico luxury vinyl tile was installed in office corridors, coffee-bar areas and adjacent to the collaboration spaces. These LVT products provided a beautiful, industrial look which complement the building’s open ceilings and expansive windows offering views to the city. Stunning tile work, with a significant amount of craftsmanship using MAPEI grout and caulk, also was part of this project. Installers used the innovative step of on-site laptops and tablets containing architectural prints to quickly address questions/issues and changes with the project manager/estimator, providing the ability to provide answers in real time. Located in a heavily trafficked downtown area, not far from the Wisconsin State Capitol, delivery of materials to the job site on an almost daily basis had to be well planned. Superior coordination with the project manager, shipping companies and on-site supervisors ensured timely, seamless receipt of all materials. The project, which incorporated WELL Building Standards®, currently is pursuing LEED certification.