Groundbreaking Thursday for new portion of UWM building at Pabst brewery

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday to celebrate the start of construction for the new portion of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Public Health building in the former Pabst brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee.

For months construction crews have worked to remove bricked up window space, remove some columns, clean brick and do other remediation work for the 30,000-square-foot former Manufacturing Building in the brewery complex. The groundbreaking ceremony Thursday is for a new 30,000-square-foot structure will be built connected to the old building.

Once work on the new portion and the redevelopment of the old building is complete a single 60,000-square-foot building will be created for UWM.

“It will look like one building,” said Mike Mervis, spokesman for The Brewery Project LLC, which was started by Zilber Ltd. founder Joseph Zilber to redevelop the former brewery complex into a mixed-use urban neighborhood.

The groundbreaking ceremony Thursday will feature a concrete pour for the new portion of the building.

The project is expected to be complete in one year, Mervis said.

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