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Hunzinger tapped to build Bucks arena ‘live block’

The Bucks have named a construction manager for the latest in a series of projects tied to a new downtown Milwaukee arena.

Brookfield-based Hunzinger Construction will oversee the construction of a new entertainment block directly east of the arena, and Gensler and Milwaukee-based Rinka Chung Architecture have been named the lead designers for the project. Often referred to as the “live block,” the latest Bucks development will be made up of various dining, entertainment and retail establishments.

The entertainment block will run along North Fourth Street from West Highland to the south to West Juneau to the north. The arena itself will be bordered by North Sixth Street, West Highland Avenue, North Fourth Street and West Juneau Avenue.

“We feel privileged to be associated with the Bucks and to contribute to their vision for the renaissance of downtown Milwaukee,” John Hunzinger, president of Hunzinger, said in a news release from the Bucks.

The Bucks’ entertainment block will join a number of other ongoing construction projects that are tied to the eight-block arena development. The arena is being built by M.A. Mortenson Co., of Golden Valley, Minn.; a team training center and attached medical clinic are being built by J.P. Cullen & Sons, of Janesville; and a parking structure is being built by Madison-based J.H. Findorff & Son.

Hunzinger officially added the entertainment block to its list of projects just days after Summerfest organizers announced the contractor would oversee the reconstruction of the Miller Lite Oasis stage at the festival grounds. Hunzinger has also worked on Miller Park, as well as the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the current home of the Bucks.

Bucks officials also announced that the New Berlin office of Rogers, Minn.-based Veit & Co. will manage the demolition of a parking structure now standing on the site of the planned entertainment block.

The entertainment block is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, around the same time as the Bucks arena.

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Alex Zank is a construction reporter for The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1820.

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