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March 5-11, 2023

Jennifer Bruss
P.L. Freeman Co. Third Year
Sheet Metal Apprentice

Jennifer Bruss is a third-year sheet metal apprentice working on the Wisconsin Center expansion project. She found her way to construction by way of her father, a master carpenter…

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LaSonya Donald
C.D. Smith
Journeywoman Carpenter

LaSonya Donald was training to be an automotive technician and studying human services at Milwaukee Area Technical College when she enrolled in her first carpentry class…

Deborah Green
Platt Construction Flagger

Deborah Green went away to college to pursue her dreams and study theatre. College wasn’t working out due to financial reasons, and Green moved home. Green’s father and uncles worked in construction…

Chelsea Tappa
Doral Corporation
Journeywoman Ironworker

Becoming a journeywoman ironworker was not the original plan for Chelsea Tappa.

“Although if I had known about ironworkers, it probably would have been… I always liked to build things and climb on things when I was little,” Tappa said…

Ashley Szweda
C.D. Smith Labor

After finishing two degrees, Ashley Szweda decided to explore a career in construction after a friend encouraged her to do so.

“One of my girlfriends was a sheet metal worker. I had just moved back here from Texas, and she’s like ‘Ashley, go take the test! Just be a laborer, go make over $21 an hour, you’ll be fine…

Expansion Project Public Art RFQ

The Wisconsin Center District (WCD) seeks to commission artists or artist teams to create original public artworks for the WCD Expansion Project located at 400 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee, WI. A selection panel of community members, arts professionals, artists, and WCD representatives has been assembled to select and recommend artists or artist teams for each of the opportunities outlined in the RFQ.

Project Overview

The $456 million Wisconsin Center expansion will bring the exposition hall to 300,000 contiguous square feet; add 24 new meeting rooms; include no fewer than 400 indoor parking spaces; add 6 loading docks; add an executive kitchen; and feature a spectacular fourth-floor ballroom with space for a minimum of 2,000 for a seated dinner. The groundbreaking was held on October 28, 2021, with an anticipated opening in May 2024. The expansion project includes a comprehensive economic inclusion plan by committing to 25 percent minority-owned businesses, five percent women-owned businesses, and one percent disabled veteran-owned businesses. Plus a residents-preferred program of 40 percent, meaning at least $40 million of the $100 million in anticipated construction wages will be earned by residents of the City of Milwaukee. Upon opening, the expanded Wisconsin Center is projected to support 2,300 full-time equivalent jobs throughout the state of Wisconsin.

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Expansion Facts

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See the Expansion
in 3D

Watch the Wisconsin Center expansion’s virtual fly-through.

Groundbreaking -
October 28, 2021

A formal groundbreaking of the Wisconsin Center expansion took place in Q4 of 2021.

Drone Footage -
May 2022

Construction for the Wisconsin Center expansion is well underway.

Tower Crane Footage -
July 2022

The tower crane is up and doing some heavy lifting.

Ace Trades

Area students participate in the ACE Trades Day mentorship program.

Drone Footage -
March 2023

The Wisconsin Center expansion is taking shape!

Women in Construction-Week 2023

Celebrating all the women who chose construction as a career!

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