Regional roundup

Posted on Dec 2, 2019 :: Regional Roundup
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interstate 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

ThedaCare, partners to build $144M ortho, spine, pain center

ThedaCare, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin and Neuroscience Group have announced a new collaboration that includes construction of the region’s first comprehensive orthopedic, spine and pain center.

The $144 million Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center will be located at the ThedaCare Health Campus – Encircle.

The center aims to enhance access to specialized experts and the latest technology. The location will include a medical office building, specialty surgery center, an orthopedic and spine hospital, as well as support services for total patient care.

The facility’s ThedaCare orthopedic and spine hospital will include operating suites designed for and dedicated to orthopedic and spine surgery, 25 inpatient beds, support services such as imaging, lab, pharmacy and dining, and a simulation apartment, allowing patients and their families to complete therapy to prepare for life post-discharge.

The 230,000-square-foot center is expected to open in late 2021, with groundbreaking planned for spring 2020. Approximately 75 health care jobs are expected to be created with the opening of the new center, plus the equivalent of an additional 200 construction jobs.

In related news, ThedaCare announced it is moving its corporate offices from Appleton’s City Center to downtown Neenah. About 300 employees will move to Three Neenah Center in downtown Neenah.

Departments that will be moving include brand marketing and communications, clinically integrated network, finance, human resources, legal, revenue cycle, strategy and quality. The information services department will stay in the 222 Building in Appleton.

UnitedHealth Group looks to move to De Pere location

UnitedHealth Group plans to leave its current location in Howard and move to a new building in De Pere.

The planned $35 million building would be along U.S. 41, south of Scheuring Road. The building will be half the size of its current location on Riverdale Drive in Howard. The company says as more employees work from home, it needs less office space. UnitedHealth Group employs more than 1,000 in the area.

The new facility, which is in the early planning stages, will offer a more modern, flexible workspace and reflects our ongoing commitment to our employees and the broader Green Bay community,” Tony Marusic, a UnitedHealth Group spokesperson, said
in a statement.

Commercial Horizons is developing the 174,000-square-foot, four-story building for UnitedHealth Group. If all goes as planned, construction would begin in early 2020 on the new building.

Nonstop Nashville flight coming to Appleton International

Appleton International Airport announced it will begin offering nonstop flights to Nashville, Tenn., beginning Feb. 14. The flights, offered through Allegiant Air, will run twice weekly on a Friday through Monday schedule. Fares start at $55, and flights will be offered on a seasonal schedule between February and August.

“We’re thrilled to expand our Allegiant service to a new vacation destination, with nonstop flights to Nashville,”
said Abe Weber, airport director. “Travelers will now be able to enjoy
the legendary Music City attractions, nightlife and restaurants, with an affordable nonstop flight from Appleton International Airport.”

The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Marinette Marine, Vigor deliver response boats to Bahrain

Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Vigor (Team RB-M) delivered the first three on a six-vessel RB-M contract to the U.S. Coast Guard. The boats are part of a Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Coast Guard. Hulls four through six are expected to ship in 2020. Team RB-M has built a total of 182 RB-Ms.

FMM was the prime contractor and program manager. Vigor fabricated the vessels at its Seattle facility using high-temperature-resistant aluminum. The RB-Ms were upgraded with an Arabian Gulf hot weather package that includes additional air conditioning, thermal insulation and an aft deck GRP canopy. Their primary missions are patrol and search and rescue.

“We’re proud to support the U.S. Coast Guard as they assist allies and partners worldwide through the foreign military sales program,” said CEO Jan Allman. “Our work with Vigor has been good for both companies and the Coast Guard, but more importantly, it has given our international partners the highest-quality, dependable response boats made in America.”

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Shawano Municipal Airport debuts, rededicates new terminal

Shawano Municipal Airport opened a new terminal. In addition, the airport was rededicated to Wilmer Zeuske, who was the first pilot from Shawano to die in World War II.

The 1,700-square-foot terminal replaces a nearly 70-year-old facility that had been falling into disrepair. It includes a new lounge, passenger waiting area, meeting spaces, planning facility and offices. OMNNI Associates of Appleton designed the space.

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Acuity reaches $5B in assets, announces plans to hire 100

Acuity announced that for the first time in its history, it has surpassed $5 billion in assets. The insurer has increased its assets nearly fivefold in 16 years, including adding $1 billion in less than three years.

The amount of assets Acuity manages is an indicator of the insurer’s continued ability to meet obligations to policyholders.

Acuity leaders say its growth is also a validation of its business strategy, which has produced strong gains over the past 20 years in written premium, policy count, net income and policyholders’ surplus. Acuity has doubled its top-line revenue in the past eight years and is ranked as the 60th largest of 2,600 property-casualty insurance companies in the nation.

Acuity also announced plans to hire 100 new employees within the next year to help the insurer better serve its clients and continue its growth.

The company will hire staff across all areas of its operations, including processors, underwriters, programmers, technical support staff, analysts, claims professionals, loss control representatives, field staff and maintenance staff.

The company recently completed a $250 million expansion of its Sheboygan headquarters, increasing total building space to over 1.2 million square feet in anticipation of continued staff growth. A 250,000-square-foot, 700-plus-stall parking structure and a 41,000-square-foot recreation area are also under construction with completion scheduled for early 2021.

Construction begins on two Sheboygan residential projects

Van Horn Real Estate and Quasius Construction broke ground on construction of the Kingsbury Village Town Home Apartments, scheduled for completion by summer 2020. The 33 luxury apartments will be built on the former Kingsbury Brewery Site in Sheboygan at 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Kingsbury Village will include three residential buildings, totaling 33 townhome-style luxury apartments. Each two-bedroom home includes two full bathrooms and a half bath with private entrances and a two-plus-car garage. The development includes balconies, hardscape patios and a central courtyard for outdoor gatherings, campfires and grilling.

Quasius also broke ground on luxury condominium development South Pier Riverfront Condos. The 21-unit building is located on South Pier Drive at Illinois Avenue.

The four-story, 45,494-square-foot building will feature seven unique two-bedroom, two-bath layouts for owners to choose from and a range of interior finishes ranging from contemporary modern to nautical design. Each unit ranges between 1,330 and
1,510 square feet.

Maritime museum expansion gets underway in Door County

Construction has begun on the 10-story Maritime Lighthouse Tower expansion at the Door County Maritime Museum.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is supporting the project with a $250,000 Community Development Investment Grant. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2020.

The Museum Board also recently received a $1 million pledge from the George Kress Foundation and announced the selection of The Boldt Co. as the general contractor for the Maritime Lighthouse Tower.

The Maritime Lighthouse Tower, situated along the Sturgeon Bay inner harbor, will offer 10 floors of creative and interactive educational displays that will feature highlights of maritime history. Educational programs at the newly renovated museum will emphasize the STEM skills used throughout the maritime and marine industries and in careers vital to the economy of Door County.