MILWAUKEE – The Opus Group (Opus) announced today the start of construction on a 60,000-square-foot office facility in West Bend. The building will serve as the headquarters for Delta Defense LLC and the United States Concealed Carry Association – which provides education, training and legal protection for responsible gun owners. The new office will accommodate Delta Defense’s quickly expanding employee base that is projected to grow by more than 130 new jobs over the next five years.
“Our experienced design-build team worked closely with Kahler Slater Architects to deliver an office Delta Defense badly needs,” said Matt Bratzke, director, project management, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. “With such rapid growth over the past few years, this new headquarters will accommodate their current size and allow for seamless growth into the future.”
Visible from Highway 45, the two-story headquarters is located on nearly 36 acres of land in the West Bend Corporate Center. The building will feature a member services call center, training center and complete video and audio studio. Additionally, approximately 8,000 square feet of the first floor will serve as a fulfillment center to ship books, DVDs and other items that the company produces and sells – a crucial building component as the number of orders has nearly doubled in the past year. The building will also include a two-story seating stair and flexible open space for meetings and community events.
“We’re thrilled to have a new space that will accommodate our growth from an employee and business perspective while also allowing us to remain in the community where we have our roots,” said Tim Schmidt, president and founder, Delta Defense LLC. “Opus and Kahler Slater were able to deliver a plan that met our timeline and budget needs and exceeded our design expectations by incorporating tailored areas for our array of business demands and flexibility to easily adjust spaces as we grow.”
Construction began in May and will be complete for the company to move in early 2017. Using its unique DB3 design-build approach, Opus has worked on more than 55 Client Direct Services construction projects for clients throughout the country in the past 24 months including remodels, tenant improvements and new construction projects across sectors.
Opus Design Build, L.L.C. is the design-builder for this project and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. is the architect and structural engineer of record with Kahler Slater providing schematic and interior design services. Opus Development Company, L.L.C. provided development support services.
About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Opus operates as an integrated, multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; architecture, engineering and interior design. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries: Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in industrial, office, residential, retail, healthcare and institutional projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit www.opus-group.com and follow @TheOpusGroup on Twitter.
About Delta Defense
Delta Defense LLC was founded in 2004 by Tim Schmidt, and its main product offered is membership to the USCCA. The USCCA is the first and largest, member-owned association designed to provide education, training and legal protection to responsible gun owners. USCCA members receive criminal and civil defense insurance protection through the Self-Defense SHIELD and have access to a wealth of industry information, including expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered on the concealed carry lifestyle. Delta Defense LLC also publishes Concealed Carry Magazine and owns the nationally syndicated radio program, Armed American Radio. To learn more about Delta Defense and the USCCA, visit www.USCCA.com.