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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Fanning Howey inaugurates new Celina headquarters

By William Kincaid

Steve Wilczynski, executive director of Fanning Howey’s head office in Celina, sho. . .

CELINA – Fanning Howey officials welcomed the public to his new design studio at 128 W. Market St. Friday night for a chance to experience the modern layout of the newly renovated building.

Managers at the integrated architecture, interior and engineering firm specializing in the learning environment were looking for a work environment that matched the skills their high-performing employees bring to clients, said Zac Sprunger, chief marketing officer. of the company.

As well as lending itself well to collaboration, the new location is quite simply a pleasant place to work, said Steve Wilczynski, executive director of Celina’s office. About 37 of the company’s 95 employees work at the new site.

“We have been in Celina for 60 years, but the opportunity to place ourselves here in the heart of the city center and to be able to use an empty building for years, we saw as a community victory,” he said. declared. .

The 9,244 square foot building once housed the Casad company and before that it was a bank.

“Over the past year and a half, we’ve been doing the planning, design and renovations for this,” Wilczynski said. “We’ve done some things to really open up this… area.”

New windows have been added, allowing an excellent view of the courthouse and abundant natural light.

Officials transformed the safe into an innovative workspace where employees can communicate remotely with colleagues and clients.

“The old safe has been converted into a conference room, much like a collaboration space,” Wilczynski said.

Maximizing space, officials installed a second space of equal size at the top of the vault.

Collaboration plays a huge role at Fanny Howey, as teams of in-house architects and engineers typically spend a year designing construction projects for schools and higher education.

Springer said many Ohio architectural firms only practice in Ohio, but Fanning-Hower designs schools nationwide.

“So there’s a lot of this collaboration with clients going on on Zoom (so) it’s good when we’re working on a project in Utah or Texas,” he said.

Fanning Howey has undertaken projects in 37 states and the Philippines over the years. The company, including its offices in Dublin and Indianapolis, is currently busy with more than 200 projects, all related to learning environments, according to Sprunger.

“(Founders Ron Fanning and Clair Howey) set out early on to be the best K-12 school design company in the country and that’s what we’ve been working for all the time,” a- he declared.

The company’s workforce consists of architects, engineers and other professionals.

“We also have interior designers, landscape architects, technology designers, construction administrators who are on hand to ensure projects are built as we designed them, protecting the best interests of our clients.” , explained Sprunger.

Earlier today, the company held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new design studio, which was attended by company officials and dignitaries.

Sprunger and Wilczynski said the company is excited to be part of an ongoing revitalization of downtown Celina.

“There’s a lot going on downtown. I’ve lived here for 25 years and I feel like there is more energy downtown. There are a lot of stores opening,” he said. said Wilczynski.

“We’re committing again to where we started and being part of the downtown revitalization here, that’s a really cool thing,” Sprunger said.


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