J. J. Keller & Associates Inc.’s $7 million renovation on its Neenah corporate campus created a new, modern workspace for more than 250 associates.
The renovation of the Vinland Building — one of two facilities on J. J. Keller’s campus — provided room for the company’s growing service business by converting an area previously used for warehouse space into office space. The two-story, 65,000-square-foot open space includes a 200-foot-long skylight to bring in natural light, inviting collaboration spaces and sit-stand desks for associates.
Rustin Keller, president and CEO of J. J. Keller, said the space is designed to provide its associates with a great daily work experience. The company employs more than 1,400.
“We built this facility in 1971, primarily for manufacturing and distribution. At that time, our focus was printing manuals to help customers understand regulations and safety rules,” he said. “Today, we’re growing in managed services, sales and technology. We’re developing new, innovative ways to help companies keep employees, highways and job sites safe. So, we’re renovating to accommodate a growing number of associates in these areas.”
In designing the space, Keller said the company sought feedback from employees to create a flexible environment that encourages collaboration and innovation.
“We’re also listening intently to our associates,” he said. “J. J. Keller is a certified Great Place to Work, but we aren’t going to sit back and be satisfied with that. We want to continually improve our associates’ daily experience.”
During the next three years, J. J. Keller plans a series of smaller renovations across its other building locations.
J.J. Keller selected Keller Inc. — a separate entity, despite the similar name — as the design and build contractor for the renovation of the Vinland Building.
“When the Vinland project started, we all knew it was part of J. J. Keller demonstrating it is an employer of choice in the Fox Valley,” said Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering with Keller Inc. “Now that the project is complete, we can see it also proved the idea that buildings can be saved and not discarded, that good design happens when a client participates in the process, and last, that when a client, designer and builder work together, great things are possible.”