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Newsmakers will be honored in an October special section of The Daily Reporter and at a dinner awards event Wednesday, October 19th Nominees must be based in Wisconsin.

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2016 Newsmakers of the Year

Virtual Construction Manager of the Year

Josh Baysinger
J.H. Findorff

Rising Young Professional

Erin Bertocchi
Mortenson Construction

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Justin Blubaugh
Mortenson Construction

Project Manager of the Year

Scott Boettcher
Catalyst Construction

Workforce Creator of the Year

Employ Milwaukee

Executive of the Year

Mike Dillis
J.H. Findorff

Rising Young Professional

Sara Feuling
WisDOT

Educator of the Year

Tracey Griffith
WRTP/BIG Step

Unsung Hero of the Year

Jennifer Grimes
WisDOT

Engineer of the Year

Bob Gutierrez
WisDOT

Team Leader of the Year

Laura Hause
Gilbane Building Company

Builder of the Year

Mortenson Construction

Public Official of the Year

Rob Hutton
State Representative

Rising Young Professional

Benjamin Koepsell
Michels Corporation

Unsung Hero of the Year

Arlyn Kurth
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Women Owned Business of the Year

La Macchia Group

Project Manager of the Year

Chad Labucki
Mortenson Construction

Rising Young Professional

Jared McDaniel
Tri-North Builders

Innovator of the Year

Terry McGowan
Wisconsin Operating Engineers

Minority-Owned Company of the Year

Choice Construction Companies

Engineering Firm of the Year

Excel Engineering

Subcontractor of the Year

J.F. Ahern Company

Service Provider of the Year

Miller-Bradford & Risberg, Inc.

Executive of the Year

Mike Sorge
Mortenson Construction

Public Official of the Year

Russell Stamper II
Alderman, 15th District

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Tom Thayer
Tri-North Builders

Estimator of the Year

Steve Wilz
Miron Construction

Architect of the Year

Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Humanitarian of the Year

James “ZZ” Zradicka
J.H. Findorff

Interior Designer of the Year

PRA Interior Designers

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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!

You can also submit a hard copy if preferred, to:

Jenny Byington
The Daily Reporter
225 E. Michigan St., Suite 300,
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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

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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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century-cityCentury 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.

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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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foxvalleyHematology, 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.

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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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gmiaFor 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.

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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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drexelDrexel 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.

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officePSG 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.

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palacePalace Cinema provides model for future Marcus theaters

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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brixCandy 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.

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charmantMolasses 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.

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domainDomain apartments could have sunk, instead soars

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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uw-kenwoodKenwood 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.

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prohealthProHealth 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.

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american-centerUW Health breaks mold with American Center campus

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

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ward4Pritzlaff building proves to be historic challenge

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

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westallisWest 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.

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zooZoo 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.

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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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Meet the 2014 Top Projects:

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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parkPark East looks to future with Avenir Apartments
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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vaNew 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.

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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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