Who We Are

Our passion is creating buildings that work for our clients — and that we’re proud of. We are a team of highly experienced credentialed architects, engineers and construction managers who are both proud craftspeople and client-service fanatics.

Leadership Team

Jim Arneson, P.E.

President

Carrie Arneson, CPA

CFO

Philip Weightman, AIA, ALA, CCS

Vice President

Gary Fox

Chairman of the Board

Our History

History

2017
November 6

1963

Gary Fox when he was young

Gary Fox joins Building Systems

Gary Fox joins Building Systems, Inc, as a design draftsman, beginning his career in commercial construction. Building Systems provides full construction, build-outs and remodels.

November 6

1972

Gary Fox attains ownership stake

Gary Fox becomes a minority shareholder of Building Systems, Inc.

November 6

1979

Building Systems-Findorff

Building Systems, Inc becomes a division of Findorff & Son Inc. Gary Fox leads the division.

November 6

1982

FoxArneson General Contractor

Nicolet Bio-Medical project

First multi-story office and manufacturing facility constructed by Building Systems-Findorff.

November 6

1983

Divestiture from Findorff

Building Systems-Findorff becomes its own corporation, named Building Systems General Corp. Gary Fox is appointed president, leveraging his experience in every area of construction — from estimating and accounting to project development and project management.

November 6

1983

Woodman's in 1983

Woodman’s Food Markets project


The first large-format store is constructed by Building Systems. This begins a working relationship with Woodman’s Food Markets that is still going strong today.

November 6

1988

FoxArneson General Cotntractor

Oakbridge project

A 50,000 sqft award-winning retail center is built on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin.

November 6

1995

Jim Arneson VP Operations

Jim Arneson is appointed Vice President of Operations.

November 6

2004

Madison Gas and Electric

Madison Gas & Electric project

An office base station and vehicle storage facility for outside crew members.

November 6

1995

Orbit Technologies Madison WI

Space Center project

The company’s first experience building to meet aerospace manufacturing standards.

November 6

2007

Gary Fox buys out the company

Gary Fox buys out Building Systems General Corporation from J.H. Findorff & Son. Jim and Carrie Arneson become minority shareholders.

November 6

2009

Woodman's Headquarters in Janesville, WI

Woodman’s Food Markets Corporate Headquarters project

A focal-point, 3-story office building is built to house Woodman’s Food Markets’ new corporate headquarters.

November 6

2008

Edgewood School Madison WI

Edgewood Campus School project

The company’s first experience in classroom design and construction.

November 6

2011

Farm & Fleet Rockton IL

Blain’s Farm & Fleet project

Blain’s Farm & Fleet large-format construction begins ongoing relationship.

November 6

2015

Woodman's Altoona

16th Woodman’s Food Markets project

Completion of 16th Woodman’s Food Markets large-format grocery store and adjoining gas station/convenience store complex.

November 6

2018+

Construction Management, General Contracting and Design+Build

As FoxArneson, Inc., the company continues to pursue growth in construction management, general contracting and design-build projects throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

November 6

2017

Name change to FoxArneson

Name change to FoxArneson reflects both the founding heritage and 2nd-generation leadership of the company. Jim Arneson succeeds Gary Fox as president and owner and Gary Fox is appointed Chairman of the Board.

“Work ethic and integrity is what you get when you work with FoxArneson. ”

Joyce Wodka – Business Manager Edgewood Campus School

“They are not looking to work for somebody, they are looking to work with them.”

Mike Froseth – Senior Construction Project Manager Blain’s Farm & Fleet

“Their attention to detail, service and turnaround time is extraordinary, whether it’s a conceptual site plan or an estimate for roadway. ”

Bret Backus – Vice President of Real Estate Woodman’s Food Markets, Inc.
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