Schroeder Solutions Idea Center Upgrade

When the Schroeder Solutions Design Team was challenged with the showroom refresh project, the keywords driving the design were: Collaborative – Inviting – Fun. While the previous showroom had served Schroeder and its clients well, it was time to re-energize the space and create an environment that shows clients the new and exciting things we can do.

Inspired workers create, innovate and inspire others, right? Our updated workspace implements smart design strategies with vibrant pops of color to create an environment that does just that, inspires.


The foundation of the design is a collection of neutral carpet selections that change patterns in unique ways and distinct areas for visual interest. The flooring was specified in neutral colors for a more timeless design. The strategy was then to introduce color through furniture and paint selections, items that can be more affordably changed in the future. In the reception/lounge area Teknion Fractals in a mid-back style offer a colorful welcome to the office. These furniture pieces are inviting, yet the higher backs create a sense of privacy for individuals while they wait.


Budget-conscious decisions were made that demonstrate to clients how old items can be reused and still add new life to an existing space. This is evident in the Admin department. The Teknion IE furniture that was previously in the Design Department was moved and reused. Some of the accessories were painted to give the system a fresh look. A conference table was added to support collaboration, providing space for informal meetings, and a printer bay was created for work efficiency.



Collaboration was a driving force for space planning in the Design Department. The designers wanted a bullpen arrangement that allows them to turn and talk to one another, brainstorm and then return to their focused tasks. Credenza guest seating and a central conferencing table support various types of collaboration, while the tiered panel design adds privacy while still promoting an open office concept.


When it comes to accounting, privacy is critical, yet the Schroeder Accounting team also wanted an arrangement conducive to idea sharing and meetings. A peninsula work surface is the perfect solution in this area. Glass screens in the workstations provide access to natural light while still creating the needed privacy. Wallpaper was selected for the filing wall in this area in order to add texture and visual interest, a fun accent in this space.


For areas such as the Resource Library and Break Room, simple finish updates can have the right amount of impact. Changes in paint colors, laminates, seating and hardware give a new twist to an old space.


In the Operations Department, Trendway Volo, a glass demountable wall, demonstrates different ways to create enclosed spaces for privacy. Collaborative spaces were then created with AIS Divi. 120-degree work surfaces and tear drop tables provide plenty of room for laying out drawings and having impromptu meetings. AIS Oxygen then provides individual carrel-type work settings for the field staff to complete important paperwork.



New nesting tables and chairs allow the In-Plant Office to be a truly flexible space. The new furniture is light, easy to fold up and move. This maximizes the use of this area, including training sessions, office meetings and wellness initiatives, like Zumba classes. Other wellness initiatives were integrated into the Schroeder office. Treadmill workstations are gaining popularity, so Schroeder created a special office with this product so all employees can take advantage of this unique work setting.



Last and certainly not least, the Design Team re-energized the Schroeder Sales Department. The new design complements the exciting energy that is emerging from this team. This area combines individual workspaces with a vibrant lounge-style meeting space. Pops of vibrant colors, project profiles on display, an award wall and a mobile technology screen creates an inspiring atmosphere.




Collaborative – Inviting – Fun. Come see for yourself! Let our workspace help inspire your next project.

Non Profit Excellence Awards – Nominee

Non Profit Excellence AwardThe BizTimes introduced a new awards program this year, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The publication wanted to recognize individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact in the community. After receiving over 100 nominations, 30 finalists and 10 honorees were selected. “The entire program is designed to shine the spotlight on southeastern Wisconsin’s best corporate citizens and most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations and their leaders,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Media.

Scott Gierhahn and the Schroeder Solutions team were finalists in the In-Kind Support category. The team’s work for both Broadscope Disability Services and Variety-the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin were highlighted.

Thank you to the BizTimes for this recognition and congratulations to all of the finalists and honorees! Click here for the full article.

2014 Year In Review

We like to call 2014 – The Year of Change. We encourage our clients to make changes every day. So, we asked the same of ourselves throughout 2014. We took the time and resources to invest in our own company in order to better serve our clients. Our team joined forces to redesign our showroom, we updated our technological infrastructure, improved and added service offerings as well as hired new, energetic team members.

We invested in
• A Learning Center / Showroom refresh
• A 2,000-square foot retail space for clients – 6 vignettes and 12 chairs stocked and ready for shipment in just a few days
• Upgraded servers
• Created a customer service portal
• A virtual library – so staff can easily research client product needs
• New energetic team members

Our manufacturer partners, such as Teknion, also continued to invest in the industry by looking for new ways to enhance our environments. Teknion partnered with B&B Italia, Girsberger and Suzanne Tick to expand its product offering while also finding ways to update existing product lines such as the Interpret benching system.

Despite all of these changes, our commitment to our clients and the community remain a constant in our daily efforts – we believe in creating places that work. We believe in finding ways to support non-profit organizations with the products and services we have available. We can support their organizational missions by helping to improve their work environments. Our efforts in this area were recognized throughout 2014. We received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service Work for The Variety Clubs of Wisconsin, were nominated for the BizTimes NonProfit Excellence Awards and worked with the Wellness Council of Wisconsin on the second annual Work Well Campaign.

As we are well into the first quarter, we see 2015 as The Year of Opportunity. We will continue to upgrade our operational systems in order to provide better service for our clients. Our commitment to efficiency helps us continually improve our customer service. We have spent the last year building strong relationships and aligning with key partners. Together we will tackle workplace challenges and complete exciting projects. We will continue to grow labor services to support specific market sectors and invest in the health and vitality of our team.

We are so thankful for our client and vendor partners. We appreciate your business and your trust. We enjoyed helping you make significant changes in your businesses throughout 2014 and look forward to supporting you in 2015 and the years to come.