Our History

Throughout our history, it’s been our a mission to be the best partner possible.

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

2008

Edgewood School Madison WI

Edgewood Campus School project

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

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

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

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.

November 7

2018

Construction Management, General Contracting and Design+Build
 
FoxArneson completed the 18th Woodman’s Food Market in Lakemoor, IL with the design+build delivery method. FoxArneson managed the UW Warf office renovation project. Along with renovating the fourth floor of Henry Mall for the Office of Strategic Consulting.

2021
July 9

2019

University of Wisconsin Madison Projects
 
Revamped the original 1954 Ingraham Hall classrooms. Created a state-of-the-art A/V classroom at the Pyle Center. Renovated Engineering Hall’s entrance on the UW campus. Renovated classrooms at Bascom/Van Vleck Hall.
 

July 9

2020

Grocery Market Growth
 
FoxArneson started building a new Woodman’s Food Market, Gas & Lube and Car Wash center in Bloomingdale, IL. Started construction on Woodman’s unattended gas stations in Buffalo Grove and Lakemoor, Illinois. The Woodman’s gas/lube & car wash was rebuilt on the east side of Madison. FoxArneson completed Hy-Vee Ailes Online Kiosk to meet needs of online grocery shopping.

July 9

2021

Blain’s Farm & Fleet Project Ramp Up
 
FoxArneson remodeled a Shopko store into a Blain’s Farm & Fleet in Monroe, WI. Started Blain’s Farm & Fleet Oak Creek remodel by downsizing the sales floor to increase warehouse storage and add drive-up canopy.
 

Our company has continually evolved by taking on increasingly complex challenges, broadening our capabilities and deepening our expertise. What will never change is our commitment to operating in the best interest of our clients—in all we do. It’s the approach that enables us to succeed for our clients—every time.

 

At FoxArneson we proudly put our name behind our product.