H.J. Martin and Son recently teamed with Green Bay community leaders to complete a vibrant, new entertainment option in the city’s downtown. Backstage at the Meyer opened its doors in July, providing a multi-use space adjacent to the historic Meyer Theatre.
The Innovation and Technology Center of Breakthrough Fuel occupies new, second-floor offices located above Backstage at the Meyer. The transport technology and mobile fuel management company based in Green Bay moved into its space when that part of the project was completed this past April.
H.J. Martin donated to the $4 million project, along with performing multiple aspects of the work. David Martin, a fourth-generation executive of the company, also served as a volunteer on the capital campaign.
“The new building is an absolute showpiece,” says Jeff Mirkes, president of the Meyer Theatre board of directors. “Our board recently toured it and was delighted with the finished product. We are very thankful for the participation of H.J. Martin, giving generously as a donor and for the quality of workmanship it provided. The company’s leadership, particularly David Martin, also was important to making this happen.”
Three of H.J. Martin’s six commercial divisions participated in the project: Walls & Ceilings, Flooring and Glass & Glazing. Jay Hussong was the company’s project manager on Backstage at the Meyer, while Rick Pellonari oversaw H.J. Martin’s work on the Breakthrough Fuel space.
Backstage at the Meyer was conceptualized as a means of providing year-round revenue streams outside of events at the 1,000-seat Meyer Theatre.  Located on the ground floor with a kitchen, it is equipped to handle corporate events as well as private parties, including weddings, for up to 200 people. With a stage, it also can serve as a small performance venue.
Both Backstage at the Meyer and the upstairs office of Breakthrough Fuel feature an industrial design. Reclaimed brick and wood provide warmth throughout. Housing up to 35 people, the Breakthrough Fuel space includes donations of 470 square yards of carpet tile in the office area and 150 square feet of ceramic tile in the restrooms.
“When people walk into Backstage at the Meyer the flooring catches their eye and we have received a lot of positive comments,” Mirkes adds. “The glass also is an important part of the design—we want people to see activities taking place night and day, to see what’s happening.”
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