GLMV Architecture lays off about a dozen employees in second round of layoffs

WICHITA — For the second time in less than a year, GLMV Architecture has laid off employees.

In August, the cutbacks affected a half dozen employees. This time, it’s about a dozen. Some employees also will now be working reduced hours.

“Nobody saw this coming,” says one laid-off worker. “Everybody’s so shocked.”

Neither Chairman Bill Livingston nor CEO Jeff Van Sickle returned calls for comment.

Sources say that in some ways, the company seems to have had more work lately. The issue may be that some of GLMV’s clients have had difficult first quarters.

The layoffs affected GLMV’s Wichita, Kansas City and Houston offices.

In January 2010, Gossen Livingston merged with McCluggage Van Sickle and Perry. In 2012, GLMV moved into a prominent new home in the Douglas Design District at 1525 E. Douglas.

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce recently awarded GLMV the Keeper of the Plains award during its annual Honors Night for the firm’s work restoring the 30,000-square-foot 1930 building that originally was home to J. Arch Butts’ Packard dealership.

“If you have two of the longest firms in Wichita merge (and) they just won an award for a building, and now you’re laying off another round … it doesn’t add up,” one former employee says.

“That plus the last round is a pretty big hit.”

GLMV Architecture has layoffs

WICHITA — GLMV Architecture laid off employees and asked one to retire this week.

Neither Chairman Bill Livingston nor CEO Jeff Van Sickle returned calls for comment.

Sources says five employees were laid off and one longtime employee was asked to retire.

In January 2010, Gossen Livingston merged with McCluggage Van Sickle and Perry. Earlier this year, GLMV moved into a prominent new home in the Douglas Design District at 1525 E. Douglas.

It looks like the layoffs may have been due to declining work in some sectors the company serves.

 

GLMV Architecture’s secret weapon: Barbie

WICHITA — Lots of businesses have mascots of sorts.

Mattress Hub has Cheap Sheep.

The Donut Whole has a giant chicken that graces its roof.

And GLMV Architecture has … Barbie?

The firm’s Facebook page has been touting Barbie’s activities around the office, complete with photos.

“Look at Barbie go! What a multi-tasker, picking laminates, making boards, AND Studying for the big test! Wow…WOW!”

“Working in a construction zone is a little more challenging than Barbie thought it would be!”

“Barbie has been busy, busy, busy studying for her exams! Ken has been so supportive by sending her flowers, coffee and energy drinks!”

So far, there have been 17 updates.

When first contacted, GLMV chairman Bill Livingston said he didn’t know much about Barbie and her Facebook activities.

“I saw one copy of it, but that’s it,” he said. “We old guys with no techie skills, we don’t understand that stuff.”

Then he did some investigating.

“This is cool,” Livingston says.

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GLMV Architecture buys new downtown office on East Douglas

The former Packard building on East Douglas where GLMV Architecture is moving its headquarters.

The former Packard building on East Douglas where GLMV Architecture is moving its headquarters.

WICHITA — The almost year-old GLMV Architecture is getting a new home that will accommodate all of its Wichita employees.

Since Gossen Livingston Associates and McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry merged early this year, employees have remained at their original offices while there was a search for a space big enough to hold 100 people. (There are another 30 employees in Kansas City and Houston offices.)

The new space is a 30,000-square-foot building at 1525 E. Douglas.

McCormick Armstrong sold GLMV the building that it’s been using for storage and a tenant, Sign Pro, which will have to move.

The 1930 two-story building originally was home to J. Arch ButtsPackard dealership.

“It’s a significant building in Wichita and in the Douglas Design District, which is . . . kind of fun to be part of now,” says GLMV chairman Bill Livingston.

“The building has a lot of rich history.”

GLMV is working to put the building on the National Register of Historic Places, which will allow some tax credits.

So who out of a huge firm of architects handles the design of company headquarters?

“Well, we establish a team and handle it just like any project in the office,” Livingston says.

“I don’t know what it’s going to look like.”

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