Award of Merit - Small Project

This project called for the repurposing of an existing distribution center to provide apprentice training, journeyman continuing education, recruiting and safety programs for the electrical industry in the Milwaukee area.

Photo: Alloy Photography
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Engberg Anderson transformed a common structure into a modern training facility that offers classrooms and labs that are flexible for demonstration and hands-on, interactive training.

Breakout areas offer opportunities for social interaction and informal display of new technologies and equipment.

From structural changes and abatement to hidden surprises and modifications by the owner, everything was addressed with the common goals of timely delivery and fiscal responsibility.

The success rate is typically low for a project with an existing building with unknown conditions, a tight budget, high quality expectations and a tight schedule. This project had all of those elements, but with the collaborative efforts of all involved, the project was a success.

Ultimately, the transformation of this former distribution facility will provide a much-needed training venue for Milwaukee’s union electrical workers.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: IBEW 494/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Center, Wauwatosa, Wis.
GC: Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield, Wis.
Architect: Engberg Anderson Inc., Milwaukee
Engineer: Arnold & O’Sheridan Inc., Brookfield, Wis.