Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham, president and founder of Architectural Wall Systems (AWS), retired on Thursday.

Cunningham founded the company in 1991, and has been president since its inception. As one of the innovative pioneers and early adopters in rainscreen technology, Cunningham pushed the envelope and helped transform the Des Moines skyline with the completion of the EMC headquarters in 1996. The company offers engineering and design solutions, project management, performance testing and custom manufacturing for exterior envelope systems of all types.

On January 1, 2015 AWS joined forces with Seedorff Masonry Inc. and formed a partnership comprised of the fifth largest mason and the eighth largest curtainwall contractor in the U.S. With a mission to “push the envelope” and a vision to “Build Better”, the firms have enjoyed success in the pursuit of single-source design assist contracts.

Adam Boeckmann

“I am grateful for the past 27 years, and deeply honored to have had the opportunity to work with an incredible team. I am very proud of what my AWS colleagues have accomplished together, transforming the building envelope for the benefit of our clients and partners in the industry,” says Cunningham.  “I believe that this is the right time for me to retire. Our transition with SMI has gone exceedingly well, our organization is operationally very sound, and I have great confidence in our leadership team moving forward.”

Cunningham’s pending retirement has been an integral part of the organization’s strategic plan for the past three years. As part of the AWS strategic leadership transition, Adam Boeckmann will assume the role of AWS president effective today. Boeckmann has served as general manager since 2016.