Michael Francis Gebhart Architects
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Johnson Wax Corporation Office Headquarters
Racine, Wisconsin

One of the most significant highlights in Mr. Gebhart’s career was to be The Architects Collaborative's (TAC) Project Architect for the design of a new facility for the Johnson Wax Corporation.
TAC was selected from a list of distinguished firms to create a master plan for the corporate headquarters and phased state-of-the-art office buildings, in which the famous Frank Lloyd Wright tower is the centerpiece. The initial 200,000 sq foot facility required perimeter offices and flexible/expandable open plan interior office spaces, which led to a series of connected octagons attached to a continuous 3-level main atrium circulation spine.
The total build-out would increase the population from 1,340 to 2,200 people. A reflecting pool/winter skating pond, connecting the tower with the new perimeter offices in a park, opened the campus to the Racine neighbors.
The octagon geometry provided the most perimeter office faces to match the building program requirements. The octagons are connected by the triangular solar courtyards on the main campus green side. All support and core elements are placed outside of the office pod areas, along the pedestrian spine, encouraging forced and casual interaction of staff and management.
TAC DESIGN TEAM:
Howard F. Elkus FAIA RIBA was Principal In Charge
Michael F. Gebhart Project FAIA Architect Design
Hans D. Strauch AIA Architectural Designer
Sherry Caplan IIDA Interior Designer
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