Top Projects is our chance to honor those in the industry — generals, subcontractors, architects, engineers and owners — whose projects met and exceeded expectations in 2016. Projects can be of all sizes and types.
In addition to the awards dinner at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino on May 16, 2017, we will celebrate all of our Top Projects winners in a special publication of The Daily Reporter.
7:15: awards presentation
THIS YEAR’S TOP PROJECTS
833 E. Michigan Street
Acuity Insurance East Galleria
Aurora Health Center Southern Lakes
Badger Meter Customer Experience
CH Coakley Northpark Center
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Mequon Clinic
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Midtown Clinic
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
City of Eau Claire Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements – Phase 2
Dickson Hollow Senior Housing Campus
Eleven25 at Pabst
Emerald Row Apartments
Forest Ridge Elementary School
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin – Birth Center
Grande Cheese Home Office
Henry Vilas Zoo Badger Exhibit
I-39/90 and WIS 11 (Avalon Road) Interchange
Lakefront Gateway I-794 Ramps at Lincoln Memorial Drive
Menasha Corporation Corporate Office
Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed & Platforms Renovation
Milwaukee TechForce Training Center
One Menasha Center
Platteville School District Addition & Renovation
Racine Unified School District
Red Creek Elementary School
Ripon Area School District
Sage on Prospect
Sendik’s Corporate Office
Skyward World Headquarters
St. Cecilla Catholic Church
The Ghost Train
Thedacare Regional Cancer Center
Uline Distribution Center W2
UW Health Union Corners
Waunakee Intermediate School
Wgetthta Renovation at WGEMA Campus
Williams Bay School District
Zoo Interchange Phase 1
The Daily Reporter honored its 2016 Newsmakers of the Year on Wednesday at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Nearly 325 construction industry professionals were in attendance to honor 29 Newsmakers.
Meet this year’s Class of 2016:
Zimmerman connects with clients to find ideal design
Architect of the Year – Zimmerman Architectural Studios
Mortenson takes pride in past while looking to future
Builder of the Year – Mortenson Construction
Griffith helps industry meet residency requirements
Educator of the Year – Tracey Griffith, WRTP/BIG Step
Gutierrez’ work shaves $600M from Zoo Interchange
Engineer of the Year – Bob Gutierrez, WisDOT
Employee-owned Excel Engineering aptly named
Engineering Firm of the Year – Excel Engineering
Wilz starts on ceilings, hits ground running as an estimator
Estimator of the Year – Steve Wilz, Miron Construction
Dillis leads with trust, encouragement
Executive of the Year – Mike Dillis, J.H. Findorff
Sorge learned ways of the trade in ‘old school’
Executive of the Year – Mike Sorge, Mortenson Construction
ZZ doesn’t snore when it comes to community service
Humanitarian of the Year – James “ZZ” Zradicka, J.H. Findorff
McGowan battling labor shortage one click at a time
Innovator of the Year – Terry McGowan, Wisconsin Operating Engineers
Plunkett Raysich Architects uses design to reflect client’s story
Interior Designer of the Year – PRA Interior Designers
Choice Construction builds itself a home in Milwaukee
Minority-Owned Company of the Year – Brian Mitchell, Choice Construction Companies
For Boettcher, fun makes for a job well-done
Project Manager of the Year – Scott Boettcher, Catalyst Construction
Lincoln Logs build Labucki’s career path
Project Manager of the Year – Chad Labucki, Mortenson Construction
Hutton stood in eye of prevailing-wage hurricane
Public Official of the Year – Rob Hutton, State Representative
Amid building boom, Stamper looks out for residents
Public Official of the Year – Russell Stamper II, Milwaukee Alderman
Bertocchi excels in ‘male-dominated’ construction industry
Rising Young Professional – Erin Bertocchi, Mortenson Construction
Grandpa fuels Feuling’s lifelong love of construction
Rising Young Professional – Sara Feuling, WisDOT
Koepsell handles career from the ground up
Rising Young Professional – Benjamin Koepsell, Michels Corporation
New to Wisconsin, McDaniel fits right in at Tri-North
Rising Young Professional – Jared McDaniel, Tri-North Builders
Customer service allows Miller-Bradford to get bigger, better
Service Provider of the Year, Mike Soley, Miller-Bradford & Risberg Inc.
J.F. Ahern has been doing it right for 140 years
Subcontractor of the Year – J.F. Ahern Company
Blubaugh continues service to country through construction
Super super – Justin Blubaugh, Mortenson Construction
Organization, communication key to Hause’s success
Team Leader of the Year – Laura Hause, Gilbane Building Company
Grimes treads lightly, but leaves her mark across Wisconsin
Unsung Hero of the Year – Jennifer Grimes, WisDOT
From cutting grass to cutting edge, Kurth does it all
Unsung Hero of the Year – Arlyn Kurth, Ruekert & Mielke
Baysinger’s work turns virtual into reality
Virtual Construction Manager of the Year – Josh Baysinger, J.H. Findorff
Employ Milwaukee connects jobseekers with industry’s needs
Workforce Creator of the Year – Employ Milwaukee
Thayer takes Tri-North to a national stage
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient – Tom Thayer, Tri-North Builders
We’re also including the category this year: Unsung Hero of the Year. Know someone who regularly goes the extra mile, makes his or her workplace a better place and expects nothing for it? Nominate them for our Unsung Hero of the Year award.
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Nearly 750 of the construction industry’s leaders were in attendance on May 19 in Milwaukee for The Daily Reporter’s 17th annual Top Projects of 2015 event.
Forty projects from around the state were honored, including the massive Zoo Interchange project, the Hoan Bridge, the Cana Island Light Station in Door County, an addition and a renovation of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and this year’s Best in Show winner, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advanced Care.
Beaumont Place development turns into ‘a cool thing’
The chance to work on a residential redevelopment in Whitefish Bay and do some infill construction in the village all proved to be too much of an opportunity to pass up for Greenfire Management Services.
Restoration guides Cana lighthouse through shoals of disrepair
Perched near the tip of Door County, the Cana Island Lighthouse has helped guide ships from its perch near the tip of Door County since being built in 1869.
Carthage’s Straz Center earns an ‘A’
For Riley Construction project manager Paul Miller, it’s the details — whether they’re the light fixtures that resemble molecules or the DNA-like pattern on the carpet — that set apart the remodeling and expansion project at Carthage College’s David A. Straz Center for the Natural Sciences.
Century City development replaces century-old parking lot
Although once home to industry giants A.O. Smith and Tower Automotive, the site of the new Century City 1 industrial development had been a parking lot for nearly 100 years.
Teamwork, communication help massive project come together quickly
Justin Gelhausen of Wall-tech is still amazed at just how quickly the enormous Christian Education Leadership Academy came together.
Time flies for Dane County airport project
Expansions of parking structures tend to be straight-forward projects.
Hematology, oncology center gives patients a non-hospital feel
The new Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology Center was built as a one-stop home away from home for those in need of cancer and blood-disorder treatments.
Froedtert Advanced Care Center overcomes plan changes, weather
Change might be a good thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not difficult.
For C.D. Smith, baggage claim rebuild is in the bag
There’s working in phases. And then there’s working in phases within phases — a lesson Dane Bernau and his crew learned when they remodeled the General Mitchell International Airport baggage claim.
Urban look, challenging site sets HarborChase apart
HarborChase of Shorewood doesn’t look like the typical assisted-living and memory-care clinic … and that’s exactly the point.
Hilldale Shopping Center project kept business moving
Maintaining access to businesses was one of the biggest tasks for the contractors working on the Hilldale Shopping Center redevelopment project in Madison.
Crews hone skills on Hoan Bridge project
The finished Interstate 794 Lake Freeway, including a renovated Hoan Bridge, is the result of more than 1 million hours of labor, nearly 900 bidding opportunities and almost 3,200 pages of plans.
Renovation project brings it all together for Kohl’s
As part of an effort to centralize a large number of staff members working in various offices, Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s Corp. looked to an existing manufacturing building and began drafting plans to renovate it.
Writing’s on the wall at Kromrey Middle School
When community members of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District approved a referendum that called for putting $50 million toward addition and renovation work, they knew they’d essentially be getting a new Kromrey Middle School.
Crews deliver on-time arrival for La Crosse airport renovation
Construction crews are always up against a few obstacles when they are asked to overhaul a commercial building while its owners work to keep everything humming away inside.
Norwegian Heritage Center embraces both modern, traditional look
For the architect Kirk Lundgren, designing Livsreise: Norwegian Heritage Center in downtown Stoughton was a journey.
MACC Fund Center project a breath of fresh air
There was a big to-do list at the MACC Fund Center, which treats children suffering from cancer and blood disorders.
Museum redo, addition is a piece of art
Take a proposed addition, plans for a renovation, two immediately recognizable existing buildings and add water.
Summerfest comes out of shadows with new administration building
With the reconstruction of Interstate 794 getting underway above them, officials at Milwaukee World Festival Inc. decided to break ground on a project of their own.
Here’s the church, here’s the new addition
Northbrook Church in the village of Richfield doesn’t look like what many would picture as a typical building of worship.
Drexel Town Square work proceeds above remnants of old buildings
Kevin Day and his crew weren’t about to let a little buried concrete bother them when working on Oak Creek’s Drexel Town Square development.
PSG Inc. delivers on WVA Inc.’s headquarters
Officials at the optical-supply distributor WVA Inc. presented PSG Inc. with quite the challenge for their new headquarters.
Palace Cinema provides model for future Marcus theaters
With the Palace Cinema, film fans got more than the latest and greatest in movie-going accommodations.
Posner Building renovations hit home
Renovations at the former Posner Building offered more than an opportunity to spruce up a prime example of historic architecture.
Kraemer Bros. pulls out all stops for biochemistry ‘mega’ project
Their mission — and the Kraemer Brothers team gladly accepted it — was to build a 100,000-square-foot distribution center for a leader in the biochemistry and molecular-biology industries.
Rogers Memorial Hospital design creates healing environment
When Rogers Memorial Hospital looked to renovate an existing structure and open a new acute-care center in Brown Deer, it sought to remove the building’s institutional look and create a soothing, healing environment.
Sojourner Family Peace Center about more than a building
The Sojourner Family Peace Center proved that a construction project is sometimes about more than a building.
St. Ann Center project includes it all, even kitchen sink
When talking about the new St. Ann Center Integrational Care Bucyrus campus, it’s easier to list what didn’t go into the project.
Candy factory sweet spot for Brix Apartment project
When crews arrived at the Brix Apartment site, they weren’t exactly sure what they might find — or what they might want to keep from the former candy factory.
Molasses doesn’t slow work on The Charmant
From trading post to candy factory to furniture store and, now, boutique hotel —The Charmant Hotel in La Crosse has seen a lot of life since being built in 1898.
Domain apartments could have sunk, instead soars
Code conflicts led to some clever redesigning of The Domain apartment complex in Madison.
ThedaCare project just what the doctor ordered
It’s not often that construction crews have to worry about shaking up an operating room.
Check it out: Tippecanoe library renovation incorporates latest technology
Simultaneous exterior and interior construction complicated staging for the first major renovation of the Milwaukee Public Library System’s Tippecanoe Branch since it was built in 1969.
Kenwood complex gives UWM flair for dramatics
David Albrecht never guessed that a greenhouse could determine the course of construction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s new Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex.
ProHealth Care project brings it all under one roof
As part of ProHealth Care’s work to improve the health of its patients in Waukesha and surrounding places, the company pursued a new outpatient cancer center that would bring its various services under one roof.
UW Health breaks mold with American Center campus
UW Health at The American Center isn’t a hospital.
Pritzlaff building proves to be historic challenge
It wasn’t easy to resurrect the boarded-up relic crews inherited with the Ward 4 project.
West Allis industrial project satisfies pent-up demand for space
The redevelopment of the former Yellow Freight site in West Allis was so successful, crewmembers began working on an expansion as soon as their initial work on the building was finished.
Zoo Interchange crews drive project home, even during harsh winter
The Watertown Plank Road interchange is just a piece of the massive puzzle that is the Zoo Interchange overhaul.
The Daily Reporter is proud to announce the 2015 Newsmakers of the Year on October 22, 2015, at The Hilton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“This event gives us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements of local companies and individuals, and how their actions have made an impact on the building community,”
This year’s winners
Architect of the Year Plunkett Raysich Architects
Builder of the Year J.H. Findorff & Son
Construction Executive of the Year John Murphy – Miron Construction
Developer of the Year Otto Gebhardt – Gebhardt Development
Educator of the Year Joel Allen – IUPAT DC7
Engineer of the Year Doug Cain – Wisconsin DOT
Estimator of the Year Steve Resset – Mortenson Construction
Humanitarian of the Year Nicholas Kent – Plunkett Raysich Architects
Innovator of the year Mike LaRue – J.P. Cullen
Minority Owned Business Sanchez Painting Contractors
Non-Profit of the Year PMC/SMACCA
Project Manager of the Year Ryan Luck – Wisconsin DOT
Public Official of the Year Teig Whaley – Smith Milwaukee County
Rising Young Professional of the Year Ben Anderson – Mortenson Construction
Rising Young Professional of the Year David Kwiatkowski – Gilbane
Service Provider of the Year H.J. Martin and Son, Inc.
Subcontractor of the Year JCP Construction
Super Super Kevin Bush – Tri-North Builders
Unsung Hero of the Year Stacy Pete – Tri-North Builders
Urban Planner of the Year Ashley Booth – HNTB
Veteran-Owned Business of the Year Platt Construction
Women Owned Business Jeannie Lauret – Duwe Metal Products
Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or contact Jenny Byington by email.
The Daily Reporter honored its 36 Top Projects of 2014 on Thursday night at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. About 600 industry professionals turned out for the annual event.
Staff photos by Kevin Harnack
Meet the 2014 Top Projects:
Wastewater project proceeds largely outside gleam of public spotlight
9 Springs WWTF/11th Addition
It’s not that Jeff Klawes isn’t proud of the work he has helped do for the Madison Metropolitan Sewage District, where he works as a project engineer.
Mortenson earns its stripes with flagpole project
ACUITY Insurance Flagpole
When a company is working on the tallest flagpole in North American, and the project lies just off an interstate and at the site of a large regional employer, it’s bound to attract some attention.
Rain doesn’t dampen new Airgas distribution center
Airgas Safety, Inc.
It took nearly 10 years to plan the new Airgas Safety distribution center, but crews had a mere 7-1/2 months to build it.
Adelman family preserves Wright’s vision in restoration
Albert and Edith Adelman Residence
Frank Lloyd Wright’s unofficial “camp” in Fox Point has been restored for architectural enthusiasts and future generations of the Adelman family.
Planning, communication key to finishing Alliant Energy Center Pavilions on time
Alliant Energy Center New Holland Pavilions
The timeline was tight. Construction crews and contractors had 4-1/2 months to dismantle and rebuild a 290,000-square-foot addition to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
Getting to the heart of the matter
Aspirus Wausau Hospital – Surgery & Cardiovascular Addition
The Aspirus Wausau Hospital is well known for its treatments of the cardiovascular system. A recent expansion and improvement of the hospital will help the staff there continue to provide those services to the region.
Park East looks to future with Avenir Apartments
The crew at VJS Construction Services Inc. knew all eyes were on them when they began building the Avenir Apartments in Milwaukee.
New VA center does service to the community
Department of Veterans Affairs – Community Resource & Referral Center
A forgotten 7,542-square-foot historic cream-city brick building was recently renovated to provide critical resources and referral services to local veterans.
Deep space project is truly Epic
Epic Deep Space Auditorium
Dan Swanson got quiet for a moment before he explained just how epic it was to work on the Epic Deep Space auditorium.
Southern design finds home in Wisconsin athletics building
Hamilton School District Indoor Athletic Facility
High-school sprinters were taking part in track-and-field sports on terrazzo and tile, and cheerleaders were shaking their pompons to the scent of cafeteria pasta.
Hunzinger’s fluid schedule helps speed JC office move
Johnson Controls, Inc. Hawley Road Facility Project
The recent construction of a new office building for Johnson Controls proves out of order doesn’t have to mean out of whack.
Packers show must go on, even amid construction
Lambeau Field Stadium Improvement Projects (Phase II)
Every stage of Miron Construction Co. Inc.’s renovation of Lambeau Field was designed to work around the Green Bay Packers, even after the season ended.
Good things to come from wait for Mayfair Collection apartments
The Mayfair Collection – Phase 1
When HSA Commercial Real Estate proposed a project for a city-owned site in Wauwatosa, the developer was faced with the difficult task of delivering desirable residential units in a struggling area.
Boldt returns to roots for UW-Madison Memorial Union project
Memorial Union Reinvestment – West Wing Renovation
Renovating a 75-year-old building is tough, but when that building is an iconic part of the community, it’s even more challenging. That was the task Boldt Construction faced when it renovated the west wing of the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
Mitchell Park greenhouses combine style, technology
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Greenhouses
Tim Hansmann knew he was in for a challenge.
Failed hotel project returns as tower for engineering school
MSOE Grohmann Tower
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s new Grohmann Tower is the speed with which it was finished. The entire project, from conception to completion, was brought to a close in just over ten months. The construction itself took a mere 17 weeks.
Contractor’s gamble on Northwestern demolition pays off
Northwestern Mutual Demolition
When neighboring buildings and nearby traffic prevented Veit & Co. Inc. from imploding Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s East Building in downtown Milwaukee, a routine demolition job turned into a deconstruction.
Project acts like a beacon for revitalized neighborhood
Pabst Professional Center
The Rinka Chung Architecture Inc. team had to strike a balance between respect for history and eagerness to build the Pabst Professional Center, downtown Milwaukee’s first office development in more than a decade.
Crews heed ‘do not disturb’ sign at Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel Tower Rooms Renovation
During a recent renovation of downtown Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel, Tri-North Builders officials found themselves having to oversee heavy demolition that was taking place both above and below guests who expected to enjoy everything the luxury hotel has to offer without disturbance.
Potawatomi project a winning bet
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Rising above the western Milwaukee skyline, the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s new 19-story hotel is meant to get your attention.
Promega da Vinci project lives up to its prestigious name
The Promega da Vinci Building
Expectations are high for a building that bears the same name as a well-known scientist and artist. The Promega da Vinci Building, Promega Corp.’s newest addition to its Fitchburg campus, lives up to its prestigious name.
Sage on Jackson building takes the LEED
Sage on Jackson
Tight site conditions forced Bredin Building Systems to experiment when constructing Sage on Jackson, the first LEED Platinum-certified residential project undertaken in Wisconsin.
Sauk Prairie Hospital a moving experience
Sauk Prairie Hospital
After nearly a dozen additions, Sauk Prairie Hospital needed a new facility.
School of Freshwater Sciences benefits from new materials, planning
School of Freshwater Sciences
Coordination was essential to the successful renovation and expansion of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.
Schreiber project puts company on the map
Schreiber Foods Home Office and Global Technology Center
Putting a global dairy-company headquarters in the footprint of an old shopping mall isn’t exactly a traditional building model.
Ellis Stone uses ingenuity to bring SentryWorld vision to life
When SentryWorld in Stevens Point closed its golf course in 2013 for a major overhaul, it also shuttered the building housing its pro shop, restaurant and meeting facilities so it too could get a makeover.
Project transforms UW-Madison frat house
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity House
Modern fraternities often stand on the shoulders of their founders. But a three-story addition to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in Madison had to break from that tradition: as the work took place, the underlying structure could not be used for bearing.
Silverbrook project gets straight A’s
Silverbrook Intermediate School
Planning made for perfection at Silverbrook Intermediate School.
Planning key to science building’s success
St. Norbert College Gehl-Mulva Science Center/Medical College of WI (Phase I)
Open communication helped transform St. Norbert College’s Gehl-Mulva Science Center from an aging science building to a world-class research and learning facility.
General contractors come together for successful library project
The Standard at East Library
The Standard at East Library was a project within a project.
STH 100 project turns potential zoo into walk in the park
STH 100 (Mayfair Road) IH 94 to Watertown Plank Road
It was the construction of a key arterial roadway that helped divert traffic so the massive Zoo Interchange project could get up and running.
Breaking new ground on a stormwater project
Stormwater Treatment Facilities for University of Wisconsin – Madison
The naturalized retention ponds dotting the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus prove that stormwater management doesn’t have to be the equivalent of a big box store.
Sun Prairie hockey rinks are power play for the community
Sun Prairie Ice Arena
Sun Prairie scored two, professional-quality ice rinks in part because of a power play by hockey moms and dads.
Innovative approach keeps reconstruction in fast lane
USH 41/29 System Interchange
Poor soil conditions threatened to extend a four-year interchange reconstruction into a six-year project. U.S. 41 and Highway 29 cross in Green Bay, but the interchange was too small for its projected traffic and resulted in high-speed freeway traffic merging with slower traffic on the state highway.
New UW-Madison nursing school is just what the doctor ordered
UW-Madison Signe Skott Cooper Hall
For decades, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Nursing has lacked an independent identity on campus.
Now, a new building is ensuring the school is making a name for itself.
Waterfront work transforms neighborhood
Work on the Waterfront Student Living Project went beyond the mere construction of a new apartment building to encompass the revitalization of an entire neighborhood.