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The Daily Reporter honored its 2017 Newsmakers of the Year on Wednesday at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Nearly 325 construction industry professionals were in attendance to honor 32 Newsmakers.

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2017 Newsmakers of the Year

thumb-nourzad-falamakCreative problem-solving drives Nourzad’s success

Architect of the Year
Falamak Nourzad, Continuum Architects + Planners

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thumb-bray-archeitechtsBuilt on solid foundation, evolving for future

Architectural Firm of the Year
Bray Architects

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thumb-jp-cullenJ.P. Cullen makes its name taking on tough jobs

Builder of the Year
J.P. Cullen & Sons

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thumb-mlsna-christinMlsna’s career comes full circle

Business Developer of the Year
Christin Mlsna, J.H. Findorff & Son

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thumb-schereer-jimScherrer Cares builds support for anti-bullying campaigns

Charitable Organization of the Year
Scherrer Construction – Scherrer Cares

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thumb-catalyst-constructionCatalyst provides stimulus for future workforce

Construction Manager of the Year
Catalyst Construction

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thumb-otool-ryanO’Toole sees the fruits of his labor

Director of the Year
Ryan O’Toole, Hunzinger Construction

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thumb-schwengels-joeSchwengels on mission to change industry’s perception

Educator of the Year
Joe Schwengels, J.P. Cullen & Sons

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thumb-sperberg-danSperberg stays on top of industry trends, technology

Educator of the Year
Dan Sperberg, Operating Engineers Local 139 Training Center

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thumb-reisenauer-caramyReisenauer finds her calling on renewable energy projects

Engineer of the Year
Caramy Reisenauer, Faith Technologies

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thumb-wickman-carlWickman shaping the Milwaukee skyline

Estimator of the Year
Carl Wickman, J.H. Findorff & Son

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thumb-simpson-scottSimpson tackles the toughest projects

Estimator of the Year
Scott Simpson, Mortenson Construction

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thumb-vetterkind-philVetterkind LEEDS the way in green building

Green Builder of the Year
Phil Vetterkind, Sustainable Building Solutions

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thumb-nate-patNate stays humble and hungry

Humanitarian of the Year
Pat Nate, Miron Construction

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thumb-effinger-justinEffinger discovers joy in finding travel efficiencies

Innovator of the Year
Justin Effinger, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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thumb-jansen-mikeJansen ‘never settles,’ continues to push boundaries

Innovator of the Year
Mike Jansen, Faith Technologies

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thumb-larry-witzlingWitzling builds career as local leader, teacher, industry icon

Lifetime Achievement
Larry Witzling, GRAEF

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thumb-greenfireGreenfire bets big on the construction industry

Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Greenfire Management Services

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thumb-berkley-garyCareer in cinema building comes full circle

Project Manager of the Year
Gary Berkley, Tri-North Builders

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thumb-helfert-angieHelfert straightforward, solution-driven and on-schedule

Project Manager of the Year
Angie Helfert, Mortenson Construction

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thumb-pagel-tomPagel saves time, adds value

Project Manager of the Year
Tom Pagel, C.G. Schmidt

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thumb-speaker-vosVos takes transportation fight to the streets

Public Official of the Year
Robin Vos, Wisconsin State Assembly

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thumb-schafer-kevinShafer concentrates on innovation as he drives MMSD forward

Public Official of the Year
Kevin Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

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thumb-mersberger-reeseMersberger takes pride in helping build Milwaukee

Rising Young Professional of the Year
Reese Mersberger, J.H. Findorff & Son

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thumb-massaroni-tessMassaroni makes name for herself on Bucks arena project

Rising Young Professional of the Year
Tess Massaroni, Mortenson Construction

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thumb-demark-nickDeMark starts from principles in all he does

Service Provider of the Year
DeMark’s Building Maintenance Solutions

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thumb-thomas-ryanThomas turns challenges into opportunities

Team Leader of the Year
Ryan Thomas, Madisen Maher Architects

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thumb-bauer-jenBauer shines behind the scenes at Miron

Unsung Hero of the Year
Jen Bauer, Miron Construction

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thumb-anderson-cherylAnderson wears many hats at Scherrer Construction

Unsung Hero of the Year
Cheryl Anderson, Scherrer Construction

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thumb-bell-matthewCompany answers the Bell to put veterans to work

Veteran Owned Business of the Year
US Vet General Contracting

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thumb-cullen-schultz-jeannieCullen Schultz courts success at family firm

Woman in Construction of the Year
Jeannie Cullen Schultz, J.P. Cullen & Sons

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thumb-cor-improvmentsWith C.O.R. Improvements, Hein turns dreams into reality

Women Owned Business of the Year
C.O.R. Improvements

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Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or email jbyington@dailyreporter.com.

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The men and women involved with Milwaukee's Intermodal Station Train Shed and Platforms renovation celebrate their Best in Show win on Tuesday night at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. The intermodal group bested 45 other Top Projects for the Best in Show honor. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

The men and women involved with Milwaukee’s Intermodal Station Train Shed and Platforms renovation celebrate their Best in Show win on Tuesday night at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. The intermodal group bested 45 other Top Projects for the Best in Show honor. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Nearly 700 of our closest friends were in attendance Tuesday at The Daily Reporter’s Top Projects of 2016 event at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.

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Meet this year’s Top Projects:

Best in Show

intermodal1Every year, a panel of industry experts along with The Daily Reporter staff selects a Best in Show honoree from among the Top Projects award winners. In keeping with their normal practice, the six judges enlisted for our 2016 contest looked closely at each of the 46 projects that received awards this year. As is almost always true, the competition was fierce this time around, as evidenced by that fact that four projects tied for second place. But once the votes were tallied, it was clear one Top Project stood out from the others

833 East

833-1The 833 East building towers over downtown Milwaukee, just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. It’s a permanent and constant reminder of what construction crews can accomplish.

Acuity Insurance East Galleria

acuity3Chris Kyte spent three years building Acuity Insurance’s East Galleria. But when he returned for an open house in February, he struggled to spot where the new construction picked up from the old.

Artist Lofts

artists1If restoration projects are usually meant to make the best of what’s at hand, Manitowoc’s Artist Lofts — completed in June 2016 — presents a shining example of what can be accomplished.

Aurora Health Center Southern Lakes

aurora-southern-lakesThe Aurora Health Center Southern Lakes center in Burlington embraces its rural setting, incorporating views of a neighboring nature preserve and its tranquil surroundings.

Badger Meter Customer Experience

badger-meter-2Badger Meter’s Customer Experience Center project called not only for satisfying an important client, but also building around existing infrastructure and meeting a hard deadline.

CH Coakley Northpark Center

ch-coakley-2Speed was the driving force behind the transformation of a Kohl’s distribution building into the CH Coakley Northpark Center in Menomonee Falls.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Mequon Clinic

childrens-hospital-of-wisconsin-mequon-clinic-3The team leaders for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Mequon Clinic got an unexpected response when first seeking city approval for the project design.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

childrens-hospital-neonatal-intensive-care-unitWith its renovated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin plans to provide the best possible care to life’s most precious gifts.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Midtown Clinic

childrens-hospital-of-wisconsin-midtown-clinicA vacant big-box retail store wasn’t exactly what Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s leaders originally envisioned when following through on a promise to put clinics where patients need them.

City of Eau Claire Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements – Phase 2

city-of-eau-claire-wastewater-treatment-facilityThirty-three years was long enough to wait for the next round of upgrades at Eau Claire’s wastewater treatment facility.

Dickson Hollow Senior Housing Campus

dickson-hollow-senior-housing-campusDesign, form and function all converge in the Dickson Hollow Senior Housing Campus, a 300,000 square-foot project with 180 units.

Echelon Apartments

echelon-apartmentsThe Echelon Apartments in Wauwatosa blends the old with the new, borrowing from the walled gardens of Europe and complementing the Tudor Revival Style of historic buildings with contemporary construction.

Eleven25 at Pabst

eleven25-at-pabst-3Although the former Pabst bottling building is now being used in an entirely different way than it was in the 20th century, it still presents visitors with plenty of reminders of the past.

Emerald Row Apartments

emerald-row-apartments-2At the Emerald Row Apartments in Oak Creek, tenants enjoy luxury accommodations that introduce certain urban qualities into a suburban environment.

Forest Ridge Elementary School

forest-ridge-elementary-school-1Wetlands, an endangered bat and limited access turned an ideal site for building the Forest Ridge Elementary School into a challenge.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin – Birth Center

froedtert-hospital-birth-center-1Froedtert Hospital’s Birth Center has been born again, thanks to The Boldt Co.

Galaxie

galaxie-apartments-1The renters of the 202 luxury apartments in the 14-story Galaxie on East Washington Avenue can get by with having a smaller orbit in their daily lives than most Madison residents.

The Ghost Train

the-ghost-train-1They call it the Ghost Train, but the only thing supernatural about it is the way it won support from almost everyone in the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood from the start.

Grande Cheese Home Office

grande-cheese-home-office-1The Grande Cheese Co. didn’t let state lines get in the way when selecting the team that would assemble the company’s new home office in Fond du Lac.

Henry Vilas Zoo Badger Exhibit

henry-vilas-zoo-badger-exhibit-2In just over three months in 2016, Milwaukee-based C.G. Schmidt turned a grassy area at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison into an eye-catching year-round exhibit featuring the state animal: the badger.

I-39/90 and WIS 11 (Avalon Road) Interchange

i-39-90-and-highway-11-interchange-1As a way to improve traffic flow and safety at interchanges, diamonds are an engineer’s best friend.

Lakefront Gateway I-794 Ramps at Lincoln Memorial Drive

lakefront-gateway-project-1What’s a better pairing than a recently rehabilitated bridge and a new gateway to the city of Milwaukee’s lakefront?

The Lux

the-lux-1The Lux apartments in Madison give the idea of having your car valet parked an entirely new twist.

Menasha Corporation Corporate Office

menasha-corporation-headquarters-1When officials at Menasha Corp. sought to rebuild the packaging manufacturer’s 50-year-old global headquarters in Neenah, they took time to ensure the new building would not only meet the needs of a growing workforce but also paid homage to the company’s 167-year-old history.

Metreau Apartments

metreau-apartments-1The Metreau Apartments project in Green Bay, for a short while, picked up the nickname Lake Metreau.

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed & Platforms Renovation

intermodal1What better way for Milwaukee — a city in the midst of a building boom — to introduce itself to visitors than with a newly built passenger-train concourse?

Milwaukee TechForce Training Center

milwaukee-techforce-training-center-3It took a remarkable partnership to turn an old, underused building into the Milwaukee TechForce Training Center — a modern space where Milwaukee-area residents can receive the training they need for today’s jobs.

One Menasha Center

one-menasha-center-1The team behind the One Menasha Center was faced with a big challenge: build a modern, eight-floor office building on a tight urban site that was once home to the 109-year-old Hotel Menasha and a First National Bank.

Platteville School District Addition & Renovation

platteville-school-district-addition-renovation-3Just as students are starting their summer break, that’s often the time Kraemer Brothers Construction — with its history of completing more than 120 educational projects — can be found getting to work.

Prairie/RiverHeath

prairie-riverheath-1Standing on the banks of the Fox River in the new Prairie building — the latest addition to the RiverHeath development in Appleton — residents can catch a glimpse of bald eagles soaring pass their windows.

Racine Unified School District

racine-unified-school-district-2Thanks to a 15-year, $128 million referendum approved by voters in 2014, orange cones and hardhats are commonplace in the Racine Unified School District these days.

Red Creek Elementary School

red-creek-elementary-school-1After seeing through the adoption of a $22.5 million building referendum for a new elementary school, officials at the Black River Falls School District were anxious to make sure everything associated with the project proceeded as flawlessly as possible.

Ripon Area School District

ripon-area-school-district-1The Ripon Area School District was at a crossroads three years ago because of long-running trouble with an old middle school and a high school in dire need of repair.

Sage on Prospect

sage-on-prospect-1Dominion Properties took on the daunting task last year of turning a former nursing home into a modern, “green” apartment building. The end result — Sage on Prospect — has received the U.S. Green Building Council LEED’s Platinum Certification.

Sendik’s Corporate Office

sendiks-corporate-office-1The most notable thing about the transformation of Sendik’s Corporate Office in Milwaukee is the glass.

Skyward World Headquarters

skyward-world-headquarters-1What does reaching Skyward look like? How about like a 192,000-square-foot headquarters housing nearly 1,000 employees on a 40-acre Stevens Point site next to Highway 30.

St. Cecilia Catholic Church

st-cecilia-catholic-church-2Standing 92 feet tall, the St. Cecilia Catholic Church belfry signals the completion of a project that has contributed to both the Wisconsin Dells’ skyline and the prosperity of its own parish.

Thedacare Regional Cancer Center

thedacare-regional-cancer-center-1Welcoming. That was the essential word driving the design and construction of the ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton.

Uline Distribution Center W2

uline-distribution-center-w-2-1Uline’s new distribution center in Pleasant Prairie is big, taking up 1.1 million square feet and housing 270 loading docks, office space and shipping and receiving offices.

Uncommon

uncommon-madison-2The neighbors of the Uncommon Madison apartment project in the city’s downtown need do no more than look at the building to see how they influenced its design.

UW Health Union Corners

uw-health-union-corners-1The UW Health Union Corners Clinic was designed with patients in mind.

Waunakee Intermediate School

waunakee-intermediate-school-1Students at the new Waunakee Intermediate School are learning in a completely upgraded environment, thanks to the work of J.H. Findorff & Son, Eppstein Uhen Architects and many other construction counterparts.

Wgetthta Renovation at WGEMA Campus

wgetthta-renovation-at-wgema-campus-1Working on the Wgetthta renovation at the Wgema Campus in Milwaukee kept Mike Timmers and his crews on their toes.

Williams Bay School District

williams-bay-school-district-1After a failed referendum in 2010, the Williams Bay School District went back to the drawing board with Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects for almost two years to encourage community participation and dialogue.

Zoo Interchange Phase 1

zoo-interchange-phase-1-3After years of construction, drivers may look at the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County almost as a concrete jungle, especially amid the changes they witness almost every day travelling through the state’s busiest interchange.

Zurn Industries

zurn-industries-1One of the largest obstacles Fond du Lac-based C.D. Smith Construction faced while building the Zurn Industries headquarters in Milwaukee had little to do with actual construction.

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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.

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Meet this year’s Class of 2016:

architectZimmerman connects with clients to find ideal design

Architect of the Year – Zimmerman Architectural Studios

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Builder of the Year - Mortenson Construction

Mortenson takes pride in past while looking to future

Builder of the Year – Mortenson Construction

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educatorGriffith helps industry meet residency requirements

Educator of the Year – Tracey Griffith, WRTP/BIG Step

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 Gutierrez’ work shaves $600M from Zoo Interchange

Engineer of the Year – Bob Gutierrez, WisDOT

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Engineering Firm of the Year – Excel Engineering

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estimatorWilz starts on ceilings, hits ground running as an estimator

Estimator of the Year – Steve Wilz, Miron Construction

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executiveDillis leads with trust, encouragement

Executive of the Year – Mike Dillis, J.H. Findorff

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executive-2Sorge learned ways of the trade in ‘old school’

Executive of the Year – Mike Sorge, Mortenson Construction

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humanitarianZZ doesn’t snore when it comes to community service

Humanitarian of the Year – James “ZZ” Zradicka, J.H. Findorff

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innovatorMcGowan battling labor shortage one click at a time

Innovator of the Year – Terry McGowan, Wisconsin Operating Engineers

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interior-designerPlunkett Raysich Architects uses design to reflect client’s story

Interior Designer of the Year – PRA Interior Designers

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minority-owned-companyChoice Construction builds itself a home in Milwaukee

Minority-Owned Company of the Year – Brian Mitchell, Choice Construction Companies

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Project Manager of the Year – Scott Boettcher, Catalyst Construction

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project-manager-2Lincoln Logs build Labucki’s career path

Project Manager of the Year – Chad Labucki, Mortenson Construction

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public-officialHutton stood in eye of prevailing-wage hurricane

Public Official of the Year – Rob Hutton, State Representative

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public-official-2Amid building boom, Stamper looks out for residents

Public Official of the Year – Russell Stamper II, Milwaukee Alderman

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rising-youngBertocchi excels in ‘male-dominated’ construction industry

Rising Young Professional – Erin Bertocchi, Mortenson Construction

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Rising Young Professional – Sara Feuling, WisDOT

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rising-young-3Koepsell handles career from the ground up

Rising Young Professional – Benjamin Koepsell, Michels Corporation

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rising-young-4New to Wisconsin, McDaniel fits right in at Tri-North

Rising Young Professional – Jared McDaniel, Tri-North Builders

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service-providerCustomer service allows Miller-Bradford to get bigger, better

Service Provider of the Year, Mike Soley, Miller-Bradford & Risberg Inc.

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subcontractorJ.F. Ahern has been doing it right for 140 years

Subcontractor of the Year – J.F. Ahern Company

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super-superBlubaugh continues service to country through construction

Super super – Justin Blubaugh, Mortenson Construction

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Team Leader of the Year – Laura Hause, Gilbane Building Company

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unsung-heroGrimes treads lightly, but leaves her mark across Wisconsin

Unsung Hero of the Year – Jennifer Grimes, WisDOT

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unsung-hero-2From cutting grass to cutting edge, Kurth does it all

Unsung Hero of the Year – Arlyn Kurth, Ruekert & Mielke

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virtula-construction-managerBaysinger’s work turns virtual into reality

Virtual Construction Manager of the Year – Josh Baysinger, J.H. Findorff

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workforce-creatorEmploy Milwaukee connects jobseekers with industry’s needs

Workforce Creator of the Year – Employ Milwaukee

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Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient – Tom Thayer, Tri-North Builders

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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.

If you would like to nominate a person, company or organization in a different category, please submit that suggestion along with your nomination, as award categories are subject to change.

Description of nominee must be MORE THAN 150 words! More info is better as winners are completely based off the nominations!

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Jenny Byington
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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.

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beaumontBeaumont 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.

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canaRestoration 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.

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CarthageCarthage’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.

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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.

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ChristianTeamwork, 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.

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dane-airportTime flies for Dane County airport project

Expansions of parking structures tend to be straight-forward projects.

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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.

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froedtertFroedtert Advanced Care Center overcomes plan changes, weather

Change might be a good thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not difficult.

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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.

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harborchaseUrban 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.

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hilldaleHilldale 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.

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hoanCrews 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.

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kohlsRenovation 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.

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kromreyWriting’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.

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lacrosseCrews 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.

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norwegianNorwegian Heritage Center embraces both modern, traditional look

For the architect Kirk Lundgren, designing Livsreise: Norwegian Heritage Center in downtown Stoughton was a journey.

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maccMACC 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.

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mamMuseum redo, addition is a piece of art

Take a proposed addition, plans for a renovation, two immediately recognizable existing buildings and add water.

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summerfestSummerfest 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.

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northbrookHere’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.

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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.

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Officials at the optical-supply distributor WVA Inc. presented PSG Inc. with quite the challenge for their new headquarters.

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With the Palace Cinema, film fans got more than the latest and greatest in movie-going accommodations.

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posnerPosner Building renovations hit home

Renovations at the former Posner Building offered more than an opportunity to spruce up a prime example of historic architecture.

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promegaKraemer 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.

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rogersRogers 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.

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sojournerSojourner 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.

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stannSt. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Code conflicts led to some clever redesigning of The Domain apartment complex in Madison.

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thedacareThedaCare project just what the doctor ordered

It’s not often that construction crews have to worry about shaking up an operating room.

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tippiecanoeCheck 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.

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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.

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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.

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UW Health at The American Center isn’t a hospital.

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It wasn’t easy to resurrect the boarded-up relic crews inherited with the Ward 4 project.

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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.

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The Watertown Plank Road interchange is just a piece of the massive puzzle that is the Zoo Interchange overhaul.

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tp-register-nowWho were the outstanding members of Wisconsin’s building industry in the past year?

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.

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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.

Tony Biermann (from left), Next Electronic Inc.; Mike LeMaster, Next Electronic Inc.; Ben Kossow, Riley Construction Co.; and Erik Dillon, Riley Construction Co.

Brian Dranzik (from left), Milwaukee County Transit; Norman Barrientos, Barrientos Design & Construction; Andrea Roschke, von Briesen & Roper SC; and Alan Marcuvitz, von Briesen & Roper SC.

Erik Carlson (from left), Ellis Stone Construction Co.; Sean Parish, Pella Windows; and Jane Parish.

Jim Waarvick (from left), Gordon Solutions LLC; Luis Belmontes, JP Cullen Construction Co.; and Brian Hesse, J.P. Cullen & Sons.

Loei Badreddine (from left), GRAEF; Hank Walter, UW-Madison; Bob Barr, Continuum Architects + Planners; Julie Grove, UW-Madison; Jeff Collman, The Boldt Co.

Staff photos by Kevin Harnack

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9-SpringsWWTF-11th-AdditionWastewater 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.

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flagMortenson 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.

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airgasRain 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.

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adelmanAdelman 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.

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alliantPlanning, 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.

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alliant2Getting 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.

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Avenir Apartments

The crew at VJS Construction Services Inc. knew all eyes were on them when they began building the Avenir Apartments in Milwaukee.

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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.

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epicDeep 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.

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hamiltonSouthern 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.

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jcHunzinger’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.

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lambeauPackers 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.

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mayfairGood 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.

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unionBoldt 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.

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domesMitchell Park greenhouses combine style, technology
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Greenhouses

Tim Hansmann knew he was in for a challenge.

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msoeFailed 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.

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nmlContractor’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.

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pabst-thumbProject 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.

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pfisterCrews 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.

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potoPotawatomi 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.

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promegaPromega 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.

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sageSage 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.

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saukSauk Prairie Hospital a moving experience
Sauk Prairie Hospital

After nearly a dozen additions, Sauk Prairie Hospital needed a new facility.

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freshwaterSchool 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.

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schreiberSchreiber 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.

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sentryworldEllis Stone uses ingenuity to bring SentryWorld vision to life
SentryWorld Renovation

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.

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fratProject 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.

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silverbrookSilverbrook project gets straight A’s
Silverbrook Intermediate School

Planning made for perfection at Silverbrook Intermediate School.

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stnorbertPlanning 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.

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standardGeneral contractors come together for successful library project
The Standard at East Library

The Standard at East Library was a project within a project.

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STH100STH 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.

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stormwaterBreaking 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.

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sun-prairieSun 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.

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ush41Innovative 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.

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signe-skottNew 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.

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waterfrontWaterfront work transforms neighborhood
The Waterfront

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.

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