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Nearly 750 of the construction industry’s leaders were in attendance Thursday night 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 and an addition and a renovation of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Top Projects of 2015 – Best in Show

froedtertThis year’s Top Projects of 2015 Best in Show award goes to the Advanced Care Center at Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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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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The Daily Reporter is now accepting submissions for its Top Projects of 2011.Top Projects is our chance to honor those in the industry — generals, subcontractors, architects, engineers and owners — whose projects met and exceeded expectations in 2011. Projects can be of all sizes and types.In addition to the awards dinner on April 19, 2012 we will celebrate all of our Top Projects winners in a special publication of The Daily Reporter.Eligible projects must be completed by December 31, 2011.All entries must include an electronic version of a high-resolution color photo of the project and a complete list (with contact information) of contractors, architects, engineers, owners, subcontractors, project managers and suppliers involved in the project. Electronic sub-list preferred. For photos, please include who to credit for use.NOMINATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 4, 2012.Click here to submit your nomination online.You can also submit a hard copy if preferred, to:Caley Clinton, Associate EditorThe Daily Reporter225 E. Michigan St., Suite 540,Milwaukee, WI 53202Questions? Call 414-225-1814 or email Sarah McQuin.