SUZY’S CREAM CHEESECAKES & DISTINCTIVE DESSERTS – Oak Creek, WI
INDUSTRY – Food Industry
BUILDING USE – Cheesecake Factory
SIZE – 44,000 Square Feet
DESIGN/BUILDER – Consolidated Construction
ARCHITECT – Consolidated Construction
In their former 10,000 square foot facility, Suzy’s Cream Cheesecakes were so lacking space that employees worked three shifts per day, seven days a week at times, sharing limited equipment and space, just to keep up with demand. Mark Kirchner, president of Suzy’s, knew the time had come to expand their space, not only for his employees, but in order to accommodate additional equipment and freezers for further growth. Over the course of four years, he toured over one hundred vacant buildings in the metro Milwaukee area looking for a suitable location to move their operations.
Settling on a 44,000 square foot vacated building in Oak Creek, a southern suburb of Milwaukee, Kirchner selected Consolidated Construction to design and build out the space for Suzy’s new headquarters and processing facility. Most recently a non-food distribution facility, it would require considerable interior modifications to upgrade the space for food-grade production, cooler and freezer rooms, material storage, retail sales, and product development.
With a “no excuses” completion deadline, the Consolidated team went to work fast – first fact finding to understand Suzy’s long-term growth plans, budget, and operating expectations.
Consolidated’s in-house architectural team drew up initial plans that incorporated everything they were looking for presently. Value engineering throughout the process offered an opportunity enhance these features even further. For those items on their future wish list, the designers explained how additional features could be added, suggested sequencing, and what costs were associated.
With high expectations for meeting a tight schedule, Kirchner was pleased that the project paced methodically. In the few instances where things fell behind schedule, the team quickly made up time to bring the project back on schedule. The building was delivered on time and equipment installation proceeded as planned.
“Consolidated led us through the process of remodeling an existing facility to be the site of our new headquarters. While we were working within the parameters of an existing building shell, their design incorporated all the cooler, freezer, production and finished product areas that we needed, as well as room to grow. Our schedule had a “no excuses” occupancy deadline, and Jeremy and Curt kept things running smoothly to hit our target. Even our subcontractors have told me what a smooth project this was. I’m an advocate and will be using Consolidated when we’re ready to grow again.”
Mark Kirchner, President
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