Building projects

TecStar, a part of the MGS Mfg. Group at W188 N11707 Maple Rd., recently completed a large addition to its Germantown production facility and has ordered numerous presses and other new machinery to accommodate growth. The 95,800-square-foot addition to one of the MGS’ six facilities, more than doubles the size of the building to 166,500 square feet. Approximately half of the space will be used to house raw materials. The inventory area contains 4,720 storage spaces to accommodate 3.5 miles of skids. The 29-foot ceiling allows for racking that is five spaces high. The other half of the addition will contain plastic injection molding machines. Forty new presses of varied tonnage, 25 portable injection units and 20 robots are on order to fill production demands in this and other facilities within the MGS Mfg. Group. The MGS Mfg. Group currently has manufacturing in facilities Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas.

Metro-Clean a Milwaukee-based janitorial service company, plans to build a new facility to house its growing specialty divisions. A new facility will be built across the street from the company’s long-time headquarters at 936 W. Greenfield Ave. Company president Phillip Shelby noted that the expansion was prompted by steady growth in the company’s four divisions: Janitorial, Window, Carpet/Floor and Dispensable supplies. Metro-Clean remains committed to the company’s Walkers Point neighborhood. "Many of our clients are in the suburbs. We could have made a move out of Milwaukee, but we prefer to remain and demonstrate good corporate citizenship. The new building will replace three run-down properties and be an attractive addition to the area," Shelby said.

J.H. Findorff & Son, Milwaukee has completed work on a new US Bank location in the former Marshall Fields/Gimbels building, now known as the ASQ Center, in downtown Milwaukee. Work on the bank location, which was designed by Kahler Slater Architects began construction in June. The project is part of a three-year conversion of the former Marshall Fields/Gimbels Store into offices, hotel, and retail space. Work began in July in the ASQ Center for a new Borders Books. In addition to US Bank and Borders, Findorff constructed a Marriott Residence Inn, A.G. Edwards, and headquarters for the American Society for Quality. Findorff began work on the historic ASQ Center beginning in 1999.
Findorff has also completed several other projects, including:
– An interior build-out for Johnson Controls, at 507 E. Michigan St. in downtown Milwaukee. The project includes a complete remodel of software development laboratories, totaling approximately 13,000 square feet.
– Renovation of a 17,000-square-foot existing Osco Drug location at 5818 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee. The space will be the new home of Mid-Town Health Center. Work will include an extensive overhaul of the interior, including drywall, carpentry, and finishes. The build-out is part of the Mid-Town Center Rejuvenation Project, and will be home to a new physician-led medical facility for the Lakeshore Medical Group.
Findorff has begun construction of a 25,000 square-foot remodel of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Milwaukee. The $3,375,000 phased project is located on two floors of the VA building. A September 2003 completion date is expected.
Findorff began work in September on the Aurora Health Center, Delafield. The project includes 8,400 square feet of remodeling and a 2,700 addition for a new pharmacy unit. Completion is slated for January.

CG Schmidt Construction of Milwaukee has been awarded the St. Martin of Tours Parish project in Franklin, Wisconsin. This $4.2 million project will include a new 30,000-square-foot addition to the existing site. The addition will include a new worship area, gathering space and parish center. The construction for St. Martin of Tours will begin in the summer of 2003.

Anderson-Ashton, New Berlin, has been contracted by owners of Kettle Moraine Plaza, to build a new 24,000-square-foot multi-tenant building at S16 W31800 Highway 18 in Wales. Tenants will include Mama Mia’s Restaurant and USA Tae Kwon Do. Work will be completed by September.
The firm has also been hired to design and build out 10,500 square feet of space in the North Avenue Commerce Center at 2425 N. 25th St. The tenant will be Hope Christian School. Facilities will include six classrooms, a media center a cafeteria and offices. Work will be completed by December.
Anderson-Ashton has completed design and build of a 3,000-square-foot addition for Great Lakes Packaging, Germantown. By November, the firm will have completed erection of a pre-engineered building for a new hangar complex owned by Johnson Controls. The new hangar will be located at Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee.

MSI General, Oconomowoc has been selected to design and build a new facility for Stone Bank Volunteer Fire and Rescue, near Oconomowoc. The 17,300-square-foot facility is expected to cost $1.3 million.

Briohn Building, Pewaukee, has been hired for preliminary design work for Ray C’s Harley Davidson in Lapeer, Michigan. The new 21,000-square-foot facility will include retail space and a service center. The company has also completed design and construction documents for a 6,600-square-foot Northern Lites Harley Davidson addition in Arbor Vitae, Wis.
Briohn has also recently completed two projects in Waukesha County. The company completed design and construction of the 15,200-square-foot To The Pointe Dance Studio at 1115 Cottonwood Ave. in Hartland and construction of a 20,100-square-foot office and warehouse facility for Associated Medical Products at N59 W13500 Manhardt Dr. in Menomonee Falls.

Selzer-Ornst, Wauwatosa, has remodeled the facilities of WVTV/WCGV Television, Milwaukee. The project is intended to bring the station to FCC compliance for digital broadcasting. An increase in power and HVAC capacity is required to support the new transmitting equipment. The project is designed by Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer and Associates, Milwaukee.
Selzer-Ornst has also recently completed two building additions, including a 20,000-square-foot masonry and concrete addition to PSG’s production facility in Germantown. The job included a new loading dock and dock leveler with on-grade overhead door access.
Selzer-Ornst constructed a 5,600-square-foot masonry and block addition for Northwestern Publishing House on Watertown Plank Court in Wauwatosa. Selzer-Ornst acted as construction manager and general contractor.

Bukacek Construction, Racine, has begun two renovation projects.
Bukacek is refurbishing the New Hope Evangelical Church, 5970 Douglas Ave., Racine, The $200,000 project involves demolition and reconstruction of the existing walls and roof and construction of a new basement. A 1,000-square-foot addition, which will bring the total building size to 2,250 square feet, is also part of the project scope.
Bukacek is also refurbishing a 3,500-square-foot fourth floor courtroom at Racine County Courthouse. The courtroom will be made ADA-compliant, a jury box enlarged and the walls and ceiling reconstructed. A floor sleeper area will be added to allow for modern cabling and electrical conduits into the courtroom.

Jim Pankow, Inc., Plymouth, will handle interior finishing of the 6,240-square-foot addition to the Aldrich Chemical building on Highway V, Sheboygan Falls. Pankow also built the addition itself, and has completed other construction projects for Aldrich at the site.
Pankow will also build a two-story addition for Krier Foods at 520 Wolf Rd., Random Lake. The addition will house offices, a lunchroom and locker room facilities.

Selzer-Ornst will be the construction manager for the James W. Pilos Center at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa. Located behind the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed church, the 33,000-square-foot structure will be a single-story masonry building with arched laminated structural wood beams and radial curved walls with various angles and geometric design that follows the same radius as the church. The center will include a library, lecture room, classrooms, gymnasium, banquet hall, kitchen and administrative areas. It has been designed by Papadatos Associates, of New York. An August 2003 completion is expected.

Oct. 25, 2002 Small Business Times, Milwaukee

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