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State identifies successful MEP bidders for UW-Milwaukee chemistry building

A rendering of the planned replacement of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s current chemistry building. State officials announced Thursday the award of four subcontracts for the project. (Rendering courtesy of Kahler Slater)

The state has awarded subcontracts for part of a nearly $130 million project to replace the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s chemistry building.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration announced on Thursday that it had awarded contracts for work related to fire suppression, plumbing, heating and cooling and electrical systems. The winning companies were:

– Blair Fire Protection, of Butler, with a $935,094 bid for fire suppression,

– Butters Fetting Co., of Milwaukee, with a $3.998 million bid for plumbing,

– J.F. Ahern Co., of Fond du Lac, with a $16.1 million bid for HVAC work, and

– Pieper Electric, of New Berlin, with a nearly $10.2 million bid for electrical work

State officials now have five days from awarding the subcontracts to publicly bid out for the prime contract for the chemistry building.

This particular part of the project plans call for $84 worth of work. In general, the proposed replacement of UW-Milwaukee’s current eight-story chemistry building will mark the first big project to the original structure since it was completed in 1972.

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