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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Sign Pro appears to be out of business

WICHITA — It appears Sign Pro is out of business.

There’s an eviction notice on Sign Pro’s door at the Domestic Laundry building at 1425 E. Douglas.

“They’re a few months behind on rent, and so we’re going to be filing a petition for eviction,” says Sam Ritchie, who is an attorney for landlord Redstone Design Development.

Sign Pro’s phone is disconnected,the website is down and owner Shelly Hyson couldn’t be reached for comment.

Last year, Have You Heard? reported that Sign Pro had to move after GLMV Architecture purchased its new home at 1525 E. Douglas.

Sign Pro’s contents are still visible inside its 3,800 square feet on the first floor of the Domestic Laundry building.

The note on the door says Sign Pro has until midnight tonight to vacate the premises.

Ritchie says Hyson isn’t trying to make arrangements to keep the lease.

“Actually, we haven’t been able to contact her. We don’t know where she is.”

 

 

Eddy’s Toyota of Wichita plans new 60,000-square-foot building

Courtesy of GLMV Architecture

WICHITA — Brandon Steven and second cousin Mike Steven have started construction this week on a new 60,000-square-foot building to replace two existing buildings at Eddy’s Toyota of Wichita.

“This new building is going to be awesome,” Brandon Steven says.

This is the fourth store he’s built for dealerships here.

“It’s amazing how much you learn every time you build a new building.”

Steven says he took extensive notes while building the other buildings.

“So this building has about 10 years of notes of stuff that I would have done differently,” he says. “I’m excited to have what I’ll call my perfect building.”

There is an existing Eddy’s building and an old Chrysler building on East Kellogg that Steven has been using for a total of 31,000 square feet.

Those will come down in eight or nine months when Key Construction finishes the new building.

“Key’s been really, really good to work with,” Steven says. “They’re going to go fast, and I need speed here.”

He had to move 200 cars to a storage lot on Tuesday.

“We’re going to have a huge sale, probably the end of this month, to get rid of some of this inventory.”

GLMV Architecture is the architect on the project.

“They just have been so patient with me,” Steven says. “I don’t hear the word ‘can’t’ very well.”

Since becoming operating partner two years ago, Steven has more than doubled the number of technicians at the dealership and increased the number of assistant service managers from three to nine.

Part of the reason he needs more technicians now than ever is Toyota’s complimentary maintenance program for new cars.

Through Toyota Auto Care, customers receive services such as oil changes and tire rotations for two years after purchasing new vehicles. They have to have the work done at the dealership where they buy their vehicles.

“Our business is getting ready to just take a rocket ship,” Steven 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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