Future Home of Rite-Hite

Corporate Global Headquarters Construction Project



Building the Future Home of Rite-Hite

The Walker's Point neighborhood in Milwaukee will soon be home to the new Rite-Hite global headquarters. As a world leader in manufacturing and selling loading dock equipment, industrial doors, safety barriers, HVLS fans and more, Rite-Hite has been in business for over 57 years. With 2,300 employees worldwide, the Milwaukee location will be home to corporate administration, sales training, research and development and the local branch of Arbon Equipment, a Rite-Hite company. The campus will have immediate room for more than 300 employees, with room for future growth.

“Our goal for the new campus is to provide a great work environment as well as a state-of-the-art customer experience where we can tell the Rite-Hite story,” says Sara Everts, Director of Corporate Marketing. Sara’s colleague, Ward Wojciehowski visits the jobsite frequently and says, “It’s really fulfilling and exciting to see the progress toward this goal as the C.D. Smith team leads the construction efforts.”

The state-of-the-art headquarters will feature two buildings connected by a skybridge. Nearly 270,000 square feet of space will include a "live" loading dock demonstration area, four stories of office space, a 450-stall parking structure, customer experience center, training facility, research and development, and employee amenities including a work café, outdoor patio and two-story fireplace.

C.D. Smith Construction Superintendent Nate Petersen headshot at Corporate Headquarters

 

“We recently completed the installation of solar panels as part of Rite-Hite’s green initiatives.”

 

Nate Petersen, Superintendent for C.D. Smith

The 900 solar panels being installed are rated at 430 watts each. The 387KW system is expected to generate about 500,000 annual kWh. This prevents 391 tons of CO2 emissions annually, which is the equivalent of:
» 820 barrels of oil consumed; or
» 65 homes electricity usage for one year; or
» 391,000 pounds of coal burned.

Aerial Footage of solar panels on roof as C.D. Smith Construction is building Rite-Hite's Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI

C.D. Smith Construction Project Manager Chad Kraus headshot at Corporate Headquarters

 

“More and more clients are looking to incorporate sustainable construction practices and reduce their carbon footprint, and our management team and skilled tradespeople have the experience to deliver on these requests.”

 

Chad Kraus, Project Manager for C.D. Smith

Click on the below link to learn more about the power of effective collaboration from a CASE STUDY: Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) at Rite-Hite. It illustrates the power of effective collaboration by gaining alignment on the goals and expectations of Rite-Hite’s ownership with the teams carrying out the work.

 


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Fond du Lac, WI 54935

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Madison, WI 53703

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