Spring has been a long time coming, but Old Man Winter and all his snow and cold couldn’t slow down most construction projects around the New North. Here’s a look at 10 of some of the region’s most capital-intensive projects in the works or recently completed.
Lambeau Field, Green Bay
A two-phase, four-year project continues at the historic home of the Green Bay Packers. Miron Construction Co., Inc. of Neenah will have renovated more than 364,000 square feet of Lambeau Field by the time the work is complete. Phase one, including updates to both end zones at a cost of $145 million, opened to fans in the fall. Currently, players facilities are being remodeled as part of phase two, along with strength and conditioning, dining, and IT areas in the lower level. The atrium is getting a facelift, and will be home to a new Packers Pro Shop and Hall of Fame. The cost for this portion is about $166 million, and is scheduled for completion by June 2015.
Kaukauna Utilities — Hydroelectric Power Plant
This massive construction project stretches across six city blocks in Kaukauna. And with a new 12-foot canal to harness power from the water dug out underneath it, The Boldt Company of Appleton’s work means an increase of hydroelectric power by up to 25 percent for Kaukauna Utilities customers. The year-long, $38 million effort included retiring, then demolishing a plant on site since 1908, and reusing the material to build a new, high-efficiency plant in its place. Another plant in use since 1927 is being rebuilt. The cost will be covered by rate payers, with an increase of $5 on monthly bills.
Neighborhood Dairy, Kaukauna
One of the quickest new builds is a 41,340-square-foot free-stall barn constructed in less than three months by Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. The project for Neighborhood Dairy in Kaukauna completed in October includes 18 mounted fans providing tunnel ventilation, and 324 stalls bedded with sand for the animals’ comfort. The expansion allows for an addition of more than 30 employees.
Jet Air Group, Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay
Construction is just getting started by Bayland Buildings of Green Bay on Jet Air Group’s new 34,000-square-foot hangar for maintenance and storage of regional aircraft at Austin Straubel International Airport outside Green Bay. It will feature in-floor heat, and heated garage stalls, making it the largest heated hanger space in Northeast Wisconsin. The state’s Economic Development Corporation is providing a $200,000 loan to help finance the $1.7 million project, expected to be completed by summer 2014.
UW-Oshkosh, Horizon Village Residence Hall
A first-of-its-kind project on the UW-Oshkosh campus focused on an eco-friendly, green building. Horizon Village is a $26 million, 164,826-square-foot five-story, suite-style residence hall built by Miron Construction of Neenah. Features include geothermal ground-source heat pumps and hot water production, along with the reuse of salvaged material from the demolition of a former residence hall. Since last fall, 340 students have been calling Horizon home.
Plexus Manufacturing Solutions, Neenah
This new commercial building is the largest construction project in Neenah’s history and consolidates three Plexus production facilities into one. The 473,000-square-foot facility completed in 2014 is home to electronic manufacturing services. Miron Construction of Neenah built it with sustainability in mind, with glass and hundreds of natural light tubes. The total cost is $55 million.
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel, Oshkosh
Once known as City Center Hotel, this 131,000-square-foot building in Oshkosh is renovated from top to bottom. Hoffman of Appleton put in $13 million worth of new plumbing, HVAC, windows, and roofing; created executive rooms and suites with a river view; and built a full-service restaurant. The project included 176 rooms, eight conference spaces and a ballroom. It was completed last summer, and more than 200 people now work at the hotel.
Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton
A major 27,500-square-foot renovation is the first for The Boldt Company since the Appleton-based business built Fox Cities Stadium almost 20 years ago. The renovation included new offices, team store, kitchen, banquet hall, bar, restrooms, suites and an elevated club level exterior seating area. The $6.2 million project was done on a tight timeline, completed during the six month off-season, and was ready for fans on opening day in 2013.
Woodside Senior Communities, Green Bay
Growing in one location for more than 40 years, the latest work by Hoffman Planning, Design and Construction of Appleton, will take Woodside Senior Communities through the next 20 years. The two-phase, $15 million project includes construction of a new 41,500-square-foot memory care unit on its Green Bay campus, along with remodeling the current facility, with work to be wrapped up by fall. The second phase focuses on renovations to a rehab center, and building a new entrance with a completion date of fall 2015.
St.Thomas More Catholic Church, Appleton
A $2 million reconstruction project at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Appleton came with one substantial directive: All the work by Hoffman would have to be done by the church’s 50th anniversary celebration. The Appleton company delivered with a complete renovation of the 13,000-square-foot space, including an overhaul of the 25-year-old sanctuary, updated HVAC system, and upgrade in accessibility to the parish.