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Tanner’s is slated to begin construction within the next few weeks and plans to open sometime this winter in one of the two restaurant locations that overlook the pond at The Fountains.
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October 15, 2015 - Tanner’s Bar and Grill is coming to The Fountains

Tanner’s Bar & Grill is coming to The Fountains


CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – October 15th, 2015 – Tanner’s Bar & Grill has announced that it will be opening its first Iowa location in The Fountains in Cedar Rapids.

 

 

About Tanner’s:

 

Tanner’s Bar & Grill is a Midwestern eating establishment with locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin and now Iowa. Known for their famous “Chicken Lips©” Tanner’s focuses on bringing great food, cold beer and exceptional customer service to their customers. With large screen TVs filling nearly every wall, Tanner’s will be the place to go to watch your favorite game and enjoy a great meal with friends.

 

“We are really excited to be welcoming Tanner’s to The Fountains,” said Dave Castelluccio of Ahmann Companies. “This side of Cedar Rapids really needs a place where people can go to watch games in a fun atmosphere and have great food at the same time,” he said.

 

Tanner’s is slated to begin construction within the next few weeks and plans to open sometime this winter in one of the two restaurant locations that overlook the pond at The Fountains.

 

About The Fountains:

 

The Fountains is a 19.3-acre mixed-use development at the corner of Edgewood and Blairs Ferry Roads that includes a combination of class A business office and retail stores with two anchor restaurants to draw traffic, typically referred to in the real estate world as a “Life Style Center.”

“Our goal is to bring something to Cedar Rapids that’s
upscale, unique and has the
 feel of a development in larger metro areas”, said Joe Ahmann of Ahmann Companies. We wanted to create a professional but casual atmosphere that we think provides a quality environment for employees with easy access to amenities,” he said.

There are currently office, retail and restaurant spaces still available for lease.

 

For more information, contact:

Dave Castelluccio

Ahmann Companies, Inc.

1641 Boyson Sq. St. 100

Hiawatha, IA 52233

Mobile: (319) 899-0484

Office: (319) 395-7900

 

 

 

 

July 31, 2015 - Groundbreaking at The Depot in Newbo

The Depot Groundbreaking July 31st, 2015


CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – July 31st – A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the building of The Depot will be held on Friday, July 31st at 9 a.m. at 400 12th Avenue SE (behind the Newbo City Market).

 

 

About The Depot:

 

The Depot is a $20 million+ mixed-use development that has been master planned to complement the existing Newbo neighborhood. Located just behind the Newbo Market, The Depot will bring 40 condominiums and approximately 90,000 square feet of retail/office space to the area.

 

“The Depot will bring people to the area who want to live, work and play within a walkable environment”, says Chad Pelley of Ahmann Companies. “We have had a tremendous amount of interest from businesses that want to relocate to the area, as well as individuals interested in living in the neighborhood,” he said.

 

Upon completion, The Depot will consist of 4 mixed-use buildings from 3 to 5 stories tall with residential, office and retail space. “We’ve been working with several groups that will bring 100+ jobs to the neighborhood and we hope to have the details finalized for an announcement soon,” says Joe Ahmann of Ahmann Companies. “The Newbo area continues to attract not only businesses who want to be a part of the new downtown, but their employees who also want to live near all the action,” he said.

 

The Depot will sponsor a groundbreaking ceremony on the vacant lot behind the Newbo City Market with building scheduled to begin shortly after the event. Occupancy for space will be available spring/summer of 2016.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Chad M. Pelley

Ahmann Companies, Inc.

1641 Boyson Sq. St. 100

Hiawatha, IA 52233

Mobile: (319) 899-8460

Office: (319) 395-7900

April 30, 2015 - Fusion is named to the Corridor Business Journal's top 25 list

April 30, 2015

 

Corridor Business Journal announces 2015 Fastest Growing Companies

 

CORALVILLE – The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) today announced its 2015 Fastest Growing Companies, to be recognized at a May 19 awards breakfast and profiled in the May 25 edition of the weekly CBJ.

 

Nominated companies were ranked according to revenue growth over a two-year period, with consideration given to both dollar and percentage increases. The rankings for the top 25 companies will be revealed at the Fastest Growing Companies event, with videos on each company, culminating in the announcement of the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company.

 

2015 Fastest Growing Companies (listed alphabetically):

 

 

Ahmann Properties

Bazooka Farmstar

Circle Computer Resources

Clickstop Inc.

Compass Commercial Services LLC

Custom Impressions Inc.

Eco Lips Inc.

Fusion Architects Inc.

Health Solutions LLC

IMS Branded Solutions

Innovative Software Engineering LLC

Inteconnex

MediRevv Inc.

Midwest Microwave Solutions Inc.

MindFire Communications

Perfect Game Incorporated

Premier Staffing Inc.

ProofreadingPal LLC

Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Sedna Logistics LLC

Sedna Warehousing LLC

Spotix Inc.

TrueNorth Companies

World Class Graphics & Displays

World Trend Financial

 

 

The awards breakfast will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. May 19 at the Coralville Marriott. The CEO from last year and this year’s No. 1 Fastest Growing Company, and the Entrepreneur of the Year, will also be recognized and share their stories.

 

Tickets are $50 per individual and $500 per table of 10. For more information or to register, visit www.corridorbusiness.com/events or contact Ashley Levitt at ashley@corridorbusiness.com or (319) 887-2251, ext. 311. The registration deadline is May 12.

 

 

About Corridor Business Journal:

The Corridor Media Group Inc. (CMG) is a family-owned media company based in Coralville, Iowa, and the publisher of the Corridor Business Journal (CBJ), a weekly source of comprehensive business coverage for Iowa’s Creative Corridor. CMG also provides custom publishing, digital news, business data, and hosts the region’s most popular corporate and awards-based events. For more information or to subscribe, visit www.corridorbusiness.com.

September 2014 - New plans for the old Ironworks site in Newbo

September 2014

 

Fusion Architects, Inc. and Compass Commercial Services plan new development for New Bohemia’s old Iron Works site.

 

The Depot, a new office-residential-retail development, will enhance an already expanding area in downtown Cedar Rapids.

 

The Cedar Rapids city council approved a $17.8 million project that was proposed for the old Iron Works site in the New Bohemia district on Tuesday, November 18th with a unanimous vote. Ahmann Companies plans to begin developing the 4.8-acre site across from the new Geonetric building sometime next year.

 

The project will feature four side-by-side buildings that will include office, retail and residential space. Chad Pelley of Ahmann Companies said The Depot will be completed in several phases over a five year period with the first building beginning late in 2015. He said The Depot development provide a work/live opportunity with close proximity to the already vibrant New Bohemia district in the downtown area.

 

Compass Commercial Services along with Fusion Architects, Inc. will work together to create a development that will bring additional jobs to the area as well as provide market-rate housing with a modern flair and retail shopping for visitors and residents.

 

Joe Ahmann of Ahmann Companies said “The Depot will blend the concept of an old train station design with a new live/work concept. We developed and designed The Depot to enhance the historical feel of the New Bohemia district. It will provide much needed amenities for that area.”

 

About Compass Commercial Services

 

Compass Commercial Services is a full-service General Contracting and Construction Management firm in the Cedar Rapids area specializing in a wide range of commercial construction projects including interior and exterior renovations, remodeling, building additions and the complete construction of new buildings. As a TRUE design-build firm, Compass Commercial Services is poised to complete projects from the ground up. From the initial design through the entire building process, customers have the advantage of working directly with one company, and a team that is structured to deliver final projects on time, and on budget.

 

About Fusion Architects, Inc.

 

Fusion Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural firm located in Hiawatha, Iowa. Fusion is part of the Ahmann Companies family and works intimately with Ahmann Design, Inc. on many projects. With experience ranging from office, to retail to medical facilities, Fusion has the manpower and the knowledge to design virtually any building.

 

For more information on Compass Commercial Services, Fusion Architects, Inc. or Ahmann Companies, please contact Chad Pelley at 319-899-8460.

January 21, 2014 - News for Ahmann Companies

January 21, 2014:

Compass Commercial Services, Fusion Architects and Ahmann Design move into 2014 with new opportunities.

 

Ahmann Companies’ reputation continues to prove itself in an ever-changing marketplace as one of quality, unique design with attention to detail.

 

Fusion Architects, together with Compass Commercial Services, and Ahmann Design Inc., offer a vertically integrated process that is unmatched in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. Because the architect, builder, master planner and draftsmen are all located under one roof, the teams are able to communicate directly with each other saving clients both time and money. Because the Ahmann Companies are working on all aspects of the project from design conception to the actual building of the project, to the final property maintenance after the building is complete, they are able to adjust fees to save clients money by keeping everything under one roof. In many cases, they are also the property developer so they’re aware of all issues that may affect a client’s project throughout the design and building process.

The work of Compass Commercial Services evolves on a daily basis in the NewBo neighborhood with the corporate headquarters of Geonetric. Appreciating the style and nuance of this bohemian neighborhood, this facility will further enhance the revival of this area as one of the key attractors to the City. New and conceptual projects also exist in areas previously devastated by the flooding in 2008. Ellis Village and Kingston Village in Cedar Rapids and the Iowa River Landing in Coralville are just a few additional projects proposed by Ahmann Companies and taking shape to further enhance the communities involved.

 

Ongoing projects include a multi-use, 6-building commercial/retail complex at the corner of Blair’s Ferry and Edgewood Roads in NW Cedar Rapids called The Fountains. The multi-million dollar venture will change the dynamics of this area providing office and retail space further enhancing exposure and traffic, which will contribute to economic revenue. It has already received significant media exposure with regular updated progress featured in both the Cedar Rapids Gazette and on KCRG news. Public interest is strong and there is a genuine sense of excitement for its scheduled completion.

 

In the center of downtown Cedar Rapids is the site of one of the iconic structures of the city’s history; The John Blaul’s Sons Co. Warehouse Building more recently known as The Great Furniture Mart. Renovations have recently begun and the Fusion design team has been working tirelessly to bring this structure up to modern standards and conveniences while maintaining its classic structure. It is scheduled to re-open on this, its 100th Anniversary year.

 

These, as well as numerous other projects keep everyone with Ahmann Companies very busy and are just a few examples why Compass has been recognized over the last two years as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the corridor by the Corridor Business Journal.

 

Ahmann Design continues its success with many large home designs currently under construction throughout the corridor. This residential arm of the Ahmann Companies is also scheduled to release its latest catalog of plans sometime this March just in time for the summer building season.

 

Keeping eyes on quality and detail focus each team to work together fluidly and effectively. Everyone involved eagerly anticipates the vision and success that has been achieved, to continue for years to come.

November 19, 2013 - A new look for the old Furniture Mart

November 19, 2013

 

Fusion Architects and Compass Commercial Services Announce a Concept Design for Iconic Downtown Structure

 

The Great Furniture Mart has received crucial Enterprise Zone Benefits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, paving the way for progress.

 

In October, Joe Ahmann, owner of the Great Furniture Mart received the authorization letter for Enterprise Zone funding that was applied for in June of 2013. This application submitted to the IEDA in Des Moines, is one of hundreds taken under consideration for essential funding for the growth and overall success of a project.

 

Receipt of state funding allows the quality and style of the original concept for building renovation to be maintained. This contributes to the long term and projected growth of Cedar Rapids Urban Living. Enterprise Zone Funding is allowed for projects to promote new economic development in distressed areas of Iowa by encouraging communities to target resources in ways that attract productive private investment.

 

And now Fusion Architects and Compass Commercial Services are pleased to move forward with interior plan designs and demolition to begin the core work establishing the base structure that will make the building ready for construction.

 

The neighborhood of The Great Furniture Mart building was severely impacted by the flooding in 2008 and has recently experienced growth by the construction of the New Federal Court House, the upgrade of True North Insurance offices and The Great American Leasing buildings. The addition of commercial as well as residential capabilities made available by the renovation of The Great Furniture Mart to this area will continue to revitalize downtown economic growth.

 

Compass Commercial Services is a full-service General Contracting and Construction Management firm in the Cedar Rapids area specializing in a wide range of commercial construction projects including interior and exterior renovations, remodeling, building additions and the complete construction of new buildings. As a TRUE design-build firm, Compass Commercial Services is poised to complete projects from the ground up. From the initial design through the entire building process, customers have the advantage of working directly with one company, and a team that is structured to deliver final projects on time, and on budget.

September 10, 2013 - Fusion thinks green

September 10, 2013

 

The ‘Fusion’ of design, architecture and construction are all met in one entity with focus on quality and eco-friendly awareness.

 

Fusion Architects is a key partner with Ahmann Design and Compass Commercial Services bringing a diverse and cost effective process in both residential and commercial building design.

 

Fusion Architects, Inc. has long partnered with Ahmann Design, Inc. in creating and developing individual quality residential properties for 20+ years. With the addition of Compass Commercial Services to this outstanding team, they have produced a ‘one stop shop’ that produces not only the conceptual ideas and initial property lay-out, but continues with the professional design, cost analysis, construction and property management, seeing each project through completion and beyond.

 

Wade Squiers, principal architect at Fusion, studied at Clemson University bringing extensive experience to a team of designers and drafters who pull a project together with a defined eye. Wade studied under renowned Italian architect, Cesare Ferra in Genoa Italy over the course of his career, as well as designed and managed numerous projects across the United States and abroad. He brings all of this experience to the table as he approaches each project for Fusion Architects, Inc.

 

Being able to ‘fuse’ conception and design with actual production of a building or venue is a very rare and delicate composition for which attention to detail and cost control all play a vital role in the final product. If not handled with the utmost attention in all stages of the process, this type of team would soon lose its’ reputation and the possibility of long-term business success.

 

Fusion Architects, Inc., Ahmann Design, Inc. and Compass Commercial Services have a combined, well-documented skill and professionalism in all areas of the building process. The strength of this team lies in the ability to see a project through from ground up, and with all players under one roof the team can work quickly and efficiently to bring projects in on time and on budget.

 

 

To learn more about Fusion, Ahmann Design and Compass Commercial Services, please contact:

Chad Pelley

Ahmann Companies, Inc.

1641 Boyson Square Drive, Ste. 100

Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-393-9004

 

www.fusion-architects.com

August 27, 2013 - Fusion welcomes Chad Pelley to the team

August 27, 2013

 

Expansion – Diversity – Engineering – Design!

 

Fusion Architects, Inc. builds its internal strength with a vital new team member. They further develop a one-stop shop when it comes to concept, design, standard and quality throughout the development and construction process of mixed-use facilities.

 

Fusion Architects, Inc. has been growing and literally building in strength and numbers since its start-up in 2008. The growth rate of the company has exceeded 200%+ growth each year in the past two years alone, and had been recognized by the Corridor Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in the corridor. With continued development acquisitions and exciting projects hitting the drawing table, it became obvious that to continue with its tremendous success the Compass team would have to expand in areas that would set it apart from others.

 

Chad Pelley joined the Fusion Architects, Inc. team in August. He has been a licensed Engineer since 2006 and holds a strong background in all aspects of project development. Chad’s past experience includes master planning, mixed use site development, storm water master planning and project management. His primary focus has been large scale, mixed use developments but he also has experience across the board in residential, commercial and industrial design.

 

Chad brings a diverse background and a strong work ethic to the Compass team and will add to the immediate skill level by accomplishing more tasks in-house. This will allow for a faster accomplishment rate while holding to quality and at the same time, bringing unique perspective and initiative to see projects through all while looking ahead to what’s next. He will quickly become a vital member to a small, creative, partnership of hard work, dedication and focus on the high-end result and continued success of Fusion Architects, Inc..

 

About Fusion Architects, Inc.

Fusion Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural firm located in Hiawatha, Iowa. Fusion is part of the Ahmann Companies family and works intimately with Ahmann Design, Inc. on many projects. With experience ranging from office, to retail to medical facilities, Fusion has the manpower and the knowledge to design virtually any building.

 

To learn more about Fusion Architects, Inc. and its employees please contact:

Chad Pelley

Fusion Architects, Inc.

1641 Boyson Square Drive, Ste. 100

Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-393-9004

 

www.fusion-architects.com

August 13, 2013 - Groundbreaking for Geonetric's new headquarters

August 13, 2013

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Takes Place for New Geonetric Headquarters

 

Compass Commercial Services hosts event at the new site for Geonetric headquarters in Cedar Rapids to announce that construction has begun. Development team and Geonetric employees gather together to celebrate.

 

On Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:15pm, the development team along with employees, friends and family all gathered together on a field of fresh dirt (amidst bulldozers rolling by and dump trucks dumping piles and piles of dirt) to celebrate the beginning of construction for the Geonetric Headquarters in the NewBo neighborhood, downtown Cedar Rapids. The 4:15 start time was set to signify the new address of the building at 415 12th Avenue.

 

Anne Ohrt (Geonetric) welcomed everyone and introduced the development team of Joe Ahmann (owner-Ahmann Design, Compass Commercial Services and Fusion Architects, Inc.), Geoff Franzenburg (Construction Manager-Compass Commercial Services), Wade Squiers (Chief Architect-Fusion Architects) and Jake Hayden (Site Manager-Compass Commercial Services). Geoff Franzenburg went over the plan for the building and extensive amenities that will be included in the new office headquarters as part of the presentation.

 

Geonetric employees had the opportunity to drive a bulldozer on the site, contributing to the dirt-moving efforts! The group then quickly moved over to a nearby restaurant for drinks, appetizers and further celebration of this momentous occasion.

 

Compass has now also received the City Permit for the building construction and construction is fully underway. This means with all formalities out of the way, things will move very quickly once the site is leveled and prepared for its foundation. Everyone is anticipating Geonetric’s relocation to their new headquarters sometime next year.

 

About Compass Commercial Services

 

Compass Commercial Services is a full-service General Contracting and Construction Management firm in the Cedar Rapids area specializing in a wide range of commercial construction projects including interior and exterior renovations, remodeling, building additions and the complete construction of new buildings. As a TRUE design-build firm, Compass Commercial Services is poised to complete projects from the ground up. From the initial design through the entire building process, customers have the advantage of working directly with one company, and a team that is structured to deliver final projects on time, and on budget.

 

About Fusion Architects, Inc.

 

Fusion Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural firm located in Hiawatha, Iowa. Fusion is part of the Ahmann Companies family and works intimately with Ahmann Design, Inc. on many projects. With experience ranging from office, to retail to medical facilities, Fusion has the manpower and the knowledge to design virtually any building.

 

To learn more about Geonetric and/or Compass and Fusion and its employees please contact:

Chad Pelley

Ahmann Companies, Inc.

1641 Boyson Square Drive, Ste. 100

Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-393-9004

 

www.fusion-architects.com

 

 

July 25, 2013 - Fusion to help in revitalizing downtown Cedar Rapids

July 25, 2013

 

The Great Furniture Mart – A New Chapter for Downtown Cedar Rapids

 

Compass Commercial Services is pleased to announce their participation in the revitalization of a Cedar Rapids icon to a new and prosperous future.

 

The Great Furniture Mart building has been a long-standing, highly recognizable structure located at the corner of 1st Street and 6th Avenue SE in downtown Cedar Rapids for over 100 years.

 

Built in 1914, it served as a wholesaler grocery distribution center under the owner’s name, The John Blaul’s Sons Company through the late 1950s. Midwest Food Distributors then took over operations until 1964 when it became the most currently recognizable operation as The Great Furniture Mart. The company closed following the flood of 2008 where the building was flooded to a depth of approximately 8 feet and has remained vacant since.

 

Now the building celebrates another chapter in its magnificent history. On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Cedar Rapids City Council granted final approval for redevelopment of the property. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall of 2013 and completed by late summer/early fall of 2014.

 

 

The proposed development includes:

  • 1st floor commercial/office tenant space
  • 2nd floor office tenant space
  • 3rd and 4th floor residential condominium units
  • Rooftop outdoor space for building residents

 

 

These interior renderings show an example of the mixture of historic personality combined with the latest in modern design and technological amenities in two of the proposed condominium units.

 

Developer Joe Ahmann feels all condominium units will be purchased before construction is completed. The facility will also feature underground parking for 2 cars and separate storage for each condominium unit. There will be access to residential floors directly from the garage from the inside of the building.

 

The development plan and long-term benefits to the downtown community are eagerly anticipated and will provide contributions economically, culturally and socially to the re-growth of Urban Living in downtown Cedar Rapids.

 

Fusion Architects and Compass Commercial Services will work together to revive one of the last surviving structures from among dozens of similar warehouses and manufacturing facilities that once lined the rail corridor. These new implementations allow the Developer to bridge recognizable Cedar Rapids history with the City’s growing future.

 

About Compass Commercial Services

 

Compass Commercial Services is a full-service General Contracting and Construction Management firm in the Cedar Rapids area specializing in a wide range of commercial construction projects including interior and exterior renovations, remodeling, building additions and the complete construction of new buildings. As a TRUE design-build firm, Compass Commercial Services is poised to complete projects from the ground up. From the initial design through the entire building process, customers have the advantage of working directly with one company, and a team that is structured to deliver final projects on time, and on budget.

 

About Fusion Architects, Inc.

 

Fusion Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural firm located in Hiawatha, Iowa. Fusion is part of the Ahmann Companies family and works intimately with Ahmann Design, Inc. on many projects. With experience ranging from office, to retail to medical facilities, Fusion has the manpower and the knowledge to design virtually any building.

 

To learn more about The Great Furniture Mart please contact:

Chad Pelley

Ahmann Companies, Inc.

1641 Boyson Square Drive, Ste. 100

Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-393-9004

 

www.fusion-architects.com