As a nearly 80-year-old family business, Thysse is a company devoted to its people. In just seven years, the design, print, and environmental branding company had outgrown its space twice, causing their team to spread across multiple buildings. Thysse sought to bring all employees back under one roof in a new headquarters geared toward the future. It was important for the new space to be forward-thinking in technology integration and expansion opportunities. Through the use of concrete tilt-up, we were able to achieve all that and more.
The new Thysse headquarters consists of 113 tilt-up panels. Of these, 32 panels create interior spaces such as the front lobby, the elevator shaft, fire-rated stairwells, a fire-rated chemical storage room, and a shipping/receiving area. The panels are insulated and load bearing. White concrete was used for the panel faces and treated with a medium sandblasted finish to expose the matrix of locally sourced aggregate. The Thysse brand is prominent throughout the design, including “Thysse orange” metal panels attached to the exterior tilt-up panels.
On the interior, a striking two-story concrete tilt-up lobby immediately greets visitors and employees. Both sides of the 75’ long lobby highlight the exterior face of the tilt-up panels. Because the panels were sandblasted, extra care was taken to prevent cracking at the corners of openings, some of which were over 16’ wide by 9’ high. The space is highlighted by overhead curved track lighting.
In the manufacturing portion of the building, the “structural” sides of the panels received a hard troweled finish using walk-behind troweling machines. This hard troweled finish was ultimately painted white, with the end result looking similar to painted drywall – very clean and smooth, but with the durability of concrete. This is beneficial to keeping the printing press area clean and bright long into the future.
The exterior panels were specially designed to meet the criteria of Wisconsin’s energy code, which promotes the use of continuous insulation. Typically, we will set the panels on top of a foundation wall, with the foundation wall extending below frost (usually 4’). At the Thysse project, we extended the tilt-up panels down to the footing. This allowed for the project to have continuous insulation top-to-bottom as well as side-to-side within the panel.
100% of the tilt-up panels were poured on 3” thick temporary casting slabs and not on the final floor slab. At the completion of panel lifting, the casting slabs were crushed into 813 tons of gravel and repurposed as base for the parking lot.
The architectural firm on this project was the recipient of a 1st place International Interior Design Association (IIDA) - Wisconsin award for their inspired design at Thysse! In addition to the features mentioned above, the building houses nearly 5,500 SF of shared workspace, a large break room with fireplace and operable window-walls leading to the patio, a fully stocked bar that serves as an informal meeting space, a golf simulation room, and an outdoor terrace.
Oregon, WI 53575