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planted, JAMF wanted to be able to move into that building as soon as possible. It was a tall order – and one that Ayres Associates was able to deliver. Design services were completed in about three months. Construction began in August 2013, and staff members moved into the new building about a year later. The result? “I’ve had emails from our people telling me the new building has actually improved their lives,” Johnson said. Collaboration critical JAMF staff involved in the project collected photos and illustrations of buildings that appealed to them. Using those images as a guide, Ayres Associates presented several design concepts, said architect and project coordinator Steve Hoecherl. “All the parties were at the table during the design meetings to facilitate getting the building on an accelerated schedule to get JAMF into the new building as quickly as possible,” Hoecherl said. Long before construction began, preparation of the site presented several challenges. “The area had various contaminated soils issues from past industries that called the area home,” said Disa Wahlstrand, an Ayres vice president and coordinator of the engineering portion of the project. “The JAMF property was no exception. There were some well-documented and some more hidden contaminated soils issues that needed to be considered before construction began.” Ayres worked closely with the TRENDS │3