COST's roots began in 1957 when John Stanwyck’s contracting company was hired to develop naturalistic habitats at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The zoological industry was seeking changes to the standard cages common in zoos, and sought out a firm that was proficient in concrete applications and artistry. Since the very beginning, COST excelled in blending proven construction methodologies with an artistic flair. This proficiency has enabled us to develop highly realistic exhibits within the majority of zoos and aquariums in the U.S. and numerous projects abroad.
COST was later navigated by John’s son, Jon J. Stanwyck, where his leadership skills continued to drive innovation in thematic construction. Under Jon’s decades of leadership, COST branched out into many different market segments and grew dramatically. All of the markets required custom fabricated features, simulated environments, and theme construction services.
Today the firm is led by Lance L. Stanwyck, President. Lance’s third generation experience and leadership has transformed COST into a multi-faceted and highly diversified organization. Lance’s integration of technology in design through construction has streamlined processes and improved efficiencies at all organizational levels. COST’s 144,000 square foot plant is equipped with BIM modeling, 5-Axis Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine, prototype 3D printing, a proprietary Computer Aided Framework System (CAFS) and automated bar-bending equipment. The plant operates GFRC, FRP, and urethane spray departments in addition to paint booths. Various epoxies and acrylics are also utilized by COST’s staff of scenic artisans. Theme carpentry, mechanical systems and steel fabrication complete the numerous departments within the main production facility. In addition to the Jackson, WI headquarters, field offices in Orlando, Seattle, and Winnipeg, Manitoba have been established to better serve regional clients.
Six decades from inception, COST’s award winning work can be visited at zoos, theme parks, casinos, resorts, museums, botanical gardens, residential communities, golf courses, family entertainment centers, theme retail stores, and restaurants throughout the world.