Tribune Update | 2015 Issue 5
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Tribune on Target: Construction Manager Announced & Detailed Designs Revealed

During our most recent Tribune meeting on April 14, detailed site designs were unveiled in a video from Concordia, and J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. was announced as construction management firm. Construction is scheduled to begin on the Tribune by Fall 2015.

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Findorff consistently surpasses industry recycling standards and has constructed dozens of LEED-certified facilities. They are an active member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and U.S. Green Building Council on construction projects and were voted Environmentalist of the Year by Wisconsin Builder. As Incourage pursues LEED certification, specifically Gold level, selecting a construction management firm with this expertise was critical.

“Findorff’s level of sophistication and track record of delivering high-level LEED facilities was impressive,” explained Kristopher Gasch, board chair of Incourage. “And yet, as important to us was Findorff’s alignment with Incourage’s values, and their ability and commitment to work with us to engage local subcontractors.”

The construction manager Request For Proposal process was a unique process that many potential candidates expressed having not previously experienced. The full RFP can be viewed here. For the full public announcement of these Project milestones, read the news release here.

ArtPlace Opportunity Artists Selected
This past month, a Review Committee for the ArtPlace opportunity met to evaluate proposals from the 18 artists who were invited to advance from an original pool of 111 artists who submitted qualifications. Seven of the artists’ proposals were selected. Of the seven artists and artist teams, 3 are from Wisconsin and 4 currently reside in or have a direct connection to south Wood County!

We’re very excited by the proposals, the composition of the entire collection, the balance of bringing expertise and perspective into the community with inclusion of local talent & resident engagement - and how each installation will play out in this space. The seven artists and the medium of their proposals are:
  • August Kochanowski of Junction City, WI : Cranberry Bog (Steel Handrail)
  • Jan Norsetter of Verona, WI : Landscape Oil Paintings
  • Jonathon Engelien of St. Paul, MN : Colored Intaglio Prints / Papermaking
  • Joshua Wiener of Boulder, CO : Navigation / Projection Sails on the walking path into the building
  • Norman Lee & Shane Allbritton of Houston, TX : Stained & Mitered Timber Image. Interestingly, Allbritton Lee, LLC was a finalist for art installation at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City!
  • Steve Kipfer of Wisconsin Rapids : 3D Cranberry World a Bee Sees image printed on plastic or fabric with glass hexagonal pieces.
  • A Wisconsin Team, led by Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools teacher Jeanine Kleman (Almond) and artist Tom Grade (Menasha), and engaging local school districts’ art departments. Additional artists on the team include: Kimberly Hansen (Stevens Point), Dana Rice (Port Edwards), and from Wisconsin Rapids – Brooke Neubauer, Val Tonn, Connie Henke, Patricia Larson, Dustin Anderson, Mary Sculley, and Sharon Aiken-Bruha. The team’s piece is entitled Our Story, A Community Project Through Handmade Paper.
We’re grateful to all who participated in this process, and have received tremendous feedback from several finalists, regarding the value of participating in this opportunity.

Probably the most rewarding aspect of this process has been the opportunities identified through the selected proposals, to further engage you and others in our community, to bring these proposals to life. One engagement example is Norman Lee’s desire to have residents help inform, research and select the image that will be created out of stained and mitered timber in the Cafe/Brewpub.

Sample image provided in Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton's proposal. Installation image yet to be selected. 
Additional engagement opportunities with other artists will likely range from helping to find materials, to participating in educational classes, and assisting with the final installation of various pieces. Please stay connected to learn more as this program develops throughout the summer.

Downtown Development Interest Group
At the close of the April 14 Tribune meeting, participants in the Downtown Development Interest Group expressed desire to meet and continue conversations prior to the next Tribune meeting. This meeting is being planned for Monday, May 4, 5:00 - 6:30 PM in Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre's Studio Theatre. Please contact Gus Mancuso ( if you are interested in attending.

Join Us
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the next Tribune Meeting:
Tuesday, June 2
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Renaissance Learning Cafeteria
RSVP here

Please Share
In 10 words or less: How do you describe the Tribune to friends and family? Please reply to this email with your feedback. We look forward to learning more from you. Thank you!

Chelsey Mazurek
Incourage Community Foundation
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© April 23, 2015

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