The design for Swiss manufacturer Zund America Inc.’s headquarters would bring a more modern edge to Oak Creek, where it would be built south of the community’s new City Hall and library.
Zund unveiled those images this week as it seeks approvals from the city. The North American headquarters design is important to the company, since it will host product demonstrations there for visitors from across the U.S. and Canada.
“If you are buying a high-end product, the facility should match that,” said Chris Nicholson, Zund America vice president.
The 49,400-square-foot building would stand west of the Woodman’s Food Market, immediately south of City Hall’s parking lot. It is designed by San Francisco architecture firm Graf & Tolosa, whose co-founder Fabian Graf, like Zund, has roots in Switzerland. Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects is the project’s architect of record.
The new building would house offices in a two-level glass-enclosed cube facing the Woodman’s Food Market grocery store. It also would have a warehouse, and showroom for the company’s precision cutting machines. A bright yellow awning structure would cover the main entrance.
Zund America would move there from its current home in a light industrial building the company leases in Franklin.
“We’re looking to try to be in by the end of next year,” Nicholson said.
The building is a short walk to the restaurants, stores and hotel in Drexel Town Square. Those nearby amenities for the hundreds of annual visitors Zund will host helped attract the company to the site.
A public hearing on the project is scheduled Dec. 5.
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