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 six 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.


The expansion project includes a comprehensive economic inclusion plan that maximizes the local workforce and utilization of diverse businesses as partners, subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers designed to move the community forward.

Owner's Representative

Design Team

Construction Manager

The Wisconsin Center District together with its program partners have committed to a comprehensive business and workforce inclusion plan for the project.

Click here to download the ”Wisconsin Center District Expansion Project Business and Workforce Inclusion Plan”

A Program Information Session was held on November 17, 2021.

Click here to download the presentation from the session:

Future Information Sessions will be conducted in spring 2022. Register at wisconsincenter.gilbaneco.com to receive notifications.

Bid Release 4 – Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection

Invitation to Bid

Bid Package # Description
02A Demolition Work
11C Kitchen Equipment Work
21A Fire Protection
22A Plumbing Work
23A HVAC Work
26A Electrical, Communication, Audio Visual and Security Work

If your firm is interested in any of the packages listed herein, please return the “Invitation to Bid Response Form BR4”, per the directions included in the invitation. The full instructions are included in the Invitation to Bid.

Click here to download the Wisconsin Center Expansion Invitation to Bid – BR 4

Future Procurement Opportunities will be issued in spring 2022. Register at https://wisconsincenter.gilbaneco.com to receive notifications.

Bid Release #3 – Enclosure

Company Scope of Work Location
KMI Construction Masonry, Stone, Air Barrier and Insulation Work New Berlin, WI
Construction, Supply & Erection, Inc. Metal Panels Work Germantown, WI
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Roofing Work Milwaukee, WI
ANI-Midwest Fireproofing & Insulation Applied Fireproofing Work Batavia, IL
Klein Dickert Milwaukee Exterior Aluminum and Glass Work Pewaukee, WI
Olympic Companies, Inc. Exterior Metal Stud and Drywall Work Waukesha, WI
Novum Structures, LLC Speciality Glazing Menomonee Falls, WI

Bid Release #2 – Concrete, Steel and Vertical Transportation

Company Scope of Work Location
C.D. Smith Construction, Inc. Concrete Fond du Lac, WI
Zalk Josephs Fabricators Structural Steel Stoughton, WI
Structurewerks Expansion Joints Brookfield, WI
JWC Building Specialties, Inc. Operable Partitions Hartland, WI
KONE Inc. Escalators Moline, IL
KONE Inc. Elevators Moline, IL

Bid Release #1 – Early Sitework

Company Scope of Work Location
Michels Corporation Deep Foundations Brownsville, WI
Rams Contracting, LTD. Excavation and Site Preparation Work Lannon, WI
B V Tetzlaff, Inc. Site Utilities Brookfield, WI


Company Scope of Work Location
Cross Management Services, Inc. Diversity & Inclusion Consulting Milwaukee, WI
GRāEF Structural Engineering Milwaukee, WI
Henderson Engineers Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Technology Lenexa, KS
Howe Engineers Fire Protection and Code Consulting Norwell, MA
Kapur & Associates Civil Engineering Milwaukee, WI
Morgan Stanley Financial Management Chicago, IL
Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services LLC Diversity & Inclusion Consulting Milwaukee, WI
William Caruso & Partners (WC&P) Food-service Design Consulting Denver, CO



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