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Tappa makes mark as journeywoman ironworker

Chelsea Tappa –
Harris Rebar

Chelsea Tappa entered the construction industry about five years ago and, in that short span, has already made a mark in the field.

Tappa, an ironworker foreman at Harris Rebar, supervises work and recently became a journeyman ironworker.

She’s very involved in the Ironworkers Union and is a delegate on the Milwaukee Area Labor Council AFL-CIO, which represents working men and women in Washington and Ozaukee counties.

“She is a great example to other females that are coming into the trades,” said Brad Cyganek, of Area Erectors.

One of the more notable projects that she has been a part of is the ongoing expansion of The Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, which is being designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects and TVS Design.

The project will make the building more modern with many updates and double its size by adding 112,000 square feet of exhibition space. It will be designed to enable the venue to hold two conventions simultaneously, and the new wing will have its own entrance.

Other additions will include an outdoor terrace, new meeting rooms, a new loading dock and indoor parking spots.

The expansion is being built on top of land that was previously occupied by parking lots on the block of the convention center between West Wells Street and West Kilbourn Avenue.

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