Accelerate Magazine October 2020

WAUKESHA COUNTY BUSINESS ALLIANCE, INC. | WAUKESHA.ORG In August, father and son duo, Art and Kevin Sawall of Sawall Development, broke ground on Rock Pointe Village in Lannon, Wisconsin. The new development will boast nearly 300 town home style apartment units at an affordable rate. A VISION FOR OPPORTUNITY While managing developments in Sussex, Art and Kevin noticed that, unfortunately, there were a lot of good, hard-working people who didn't qualify financially to live in the luxury housing that was available. Instead, many of these residents found themselves renting outdated housing options in surrounding communities. Determined to provide a new, energy efficient and modern construction alternative, Sawall Development set out to find an affordable housing solution. “We knew we needed to cut costs in every place possible,” states Art Sawall, President of Sawall Development. “We analyzed everything and pared down our construction costs and finishes. In addition, we looked at easier to maintain finishes that would not have to be replaced as frequently, lowering the overall management cost of the unit.” After working extensively with the Village of Lannon and other municipal partners, such as the Waukesha County Center for Growth, Rock Pointe Village came to fruition. The first phase of apartments are on track to be available for lease in summer of 2021. Rent for the units will be anywhere from $900 a month for a studio, to $1,500 a month for a two-bedroom. FATHER & SON DUO Located in Sussex, Wisconsin, Sawall Development is a family business run by father and son, Art and Kevin Sawall. Art Sawall, an electrical engineer by trade, started ECT International INC., a software company specializing in electrical CAD software solutions, in 1990. ECT grew rapidly and eventually had offices in Europe, China, Australia and India, with its headquarters in AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COMES TO LIFE IN LANNON KEVIN SAWALL Executive Vice President, Sawall Development Rock Pointe Village is a new town home style apartment complex located in Lannon, WI. The Development will feature a total of 264 units. 6