The Milwaukee Public Museum announced the firms that will design and oversee the construction of its new home in downtown Milwaukee.
They include New York City-based exhibit design firm Thinc Design and architecture firm Ennead Architects, Minneapolis-based construction firm Mortenson, Milwaukee-based architecture firm Kahler Slater and Butler-based general contracting firm ALLCON.
MPM plans to develop a new 230,000-square-foot museumon a 2.4-acre site at the northeast corner of North Sixth Street and McKinley Avenue as its future home. The building will also include 30,000 square feet for Betty Brinn Children’s Museum's new home.
MPM said it conducted an international search, reviewed dozens of applications and conducted a thorough interview process to select its team.
“As designing and building a new museum will have national and global significance and will be a point of pride for Wisconsinites for generations to come, we searched for the best talent both locally and globally,” said Ellen Censky, president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Public Museum. “We are thrilled with the group we’ve assembled and feel they will capture the interconnection of nature and culture through time and space using design as part of this exciting process.”
The museum said it is committed to retaining diverse subcontractors for the project. ALLCON itself is a local Hispanic and female-owned general contracting firm.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for ALLCON to empower ourselves by evolving our knowledge and abilities through this collaborative effort with Mortenson,” says Ana Lopez, president of ALLCON LLC. “We are part of a tough but rewarding industry. Partnerships such as this not only allow economic opportunities for small and emerging minority businesses, but also bring rich and diverse perspectives and experiences to each project.”
MPM said it expects to close on the acquisition of the site of its future home in February. Final cost estimates for the project will be determined during the design phase.
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