Wisconsin Center $456 Million Expansion Construction Project
Baird Center Expansion Project Updates

Baird Center Expansion Project Updates | Media News

WATCH: Wisconsin’s Morning News tours The Baird Center construction site | 620WTMJ Wisconsin's Radio Station  02.05.2024 and See the Baird Center's $456M expansion project as it nears completion: Slideshow | Milwaukee Business Journal  02.08.2024

GET READY TO BE WOWED 🤩 by the $456 million transformation of Milwaukee's iconic convention center with a closer look at the Baird Center Expansion project as it nears completion.

» Scheduled to open its doors in the next few months (Spring 2024), the Baird Center is poised to become a premier destination for conventions, conferences and special events. Recent updates from a video tour with WTMJ 620 AM and a Milwaukee Business Journal article shed light on the project's progress and significance for the city.

🌟📽 FEATURES HIGHLIGHTED in VIDEO TOUR:

• Massive Exhibition Hall: Over 300,000 square feet of space, perfect for hosting large-scale trade shows and conventions, is accommodated by extending the building over the sidewalk.

• Luxurious Baird Ballroom + Outdoor Terrace: The ballroom can accommodate 2,000 guests and boasts a terrace with breathtaking panoramas of the city skyline and ample outdoor event space.

• Modern Meeting Rooms + State-of-the-Art Amenities: 24 new versatile meeting rooms are equipped with cutting-edge technology.

• Local Flair: Local art focuses on themes related to Wisconsin and the Great Lakes to reflect the region's cultural heritage and celebrate the unique spirit of Milwaukee.

Baird Center Expansion Construction Project photos in Milwaukee Business Journal

🏗📰 CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS detailed in MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL ARTICLE:

• Substantial Completion: Construction is nearing completion, with crews adding the final touches, including artwork installation, equipment testing, and staff training.

• Collaborative Efforts: Construction managers C.D. Smith and Gilbane, along with subcontractors, including minority-owned and women-owned businesses, are working together to bring the project to fruition.

🎉 GRAND OPENING GALA:

• Scheduled Event: Mark your calendars for May 16th for a Grand Opening Gala marking the official debut of the Baird Center.

🚀 THE BOTTOM LINE:

» The Baird Center Expansion project is an investment in Milwaukee's future, attracting new visitors, boosting the economy, and creating jobs. It elevates the city's profile as a hub for business and entertainment. It's where innovation and collaboration thrive, putting Milwaukee on the map as a premier destination for meetings and events.


Baird Center completion, entertainment venue construction will highlight Milwaukee-area development activity in 2024 | BizTimes Milwaukee Business News 01.29.2024

Baird Center Expansion project construction photo from street as feature image for BizTimes Milwaukee Business News article


 

Baird Center expansion to hit completion target in late March | Milwaukee Business Journal 01.11.2024

Baird Center Expansion Project downtown contruction photo from street for Milwaukee Business Journal article featured on CD Smith website

📣 The $456-million expansion of the Baird Center exceeds expectations as it nears completion.

Construction is on track for substantial completion by late March, meaning we are just months aware from experiencing it firsthand!

Here's what you can expect 👇 :

» A massive exposition hall with 300,000 square feet of contiguous space, perfect for hosting major events.

» 24 additional meeting rooms for brainstorming, networking, and collaboration.

» Convenient amenities like 400+ indoor parking spaces, six loading docks, and an executive kitchen. 

» A luxurious fourth-floor ballroom that can seat 2,000 guests for a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Mark your calendars! 📅

» May 16th: Grand opening gala and evening celebration.

» May 18th-19th: Public open house + your chance to explore the new and improved Baird Center firsthand!

This project is more than an architectural marvel; it symbolizes Milwaukee's innovation and commitment to the future

📰 You can check out the latest article in the Milwaukee Business Journal or visit bairdcenter.com to learn more about the BIG things coming!


Baird Center to add two large video boards | BizTimes 1.7.2024


Get Married in this Gorgeous New Downtown Expansion: Baird Center | TMJ4 The Morning Blend 1.4.2024

Drone view of Baird Center Expansion Project in Milwaukee with renderings of rooftop ballroom with CD Smith Construction

TMJ4 News The Morning Blend shared a sneak peek at the stunning new rooftop ballroom and terrace at the expanded Baird Center in the heart of downtown Milwaukee! This state-of-the-art facility is more than just a beautiful space; it's a game-changer for the convention center and the city.

What's new at the Baird Center?

    • A breathtaking rooftop ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city.
    • The Skyview Terrace: an ideal spot for pre-function gatherings or taking in the sunset after your vows.
    • 300,000 square feet of additional exhibition hall space: perfect for conventions, trade shows, and other large events.
    • 52 meeting rooms: accommodating groups of all sizes.

But what makes this project so special?

It's not just about the bricks and mortar. The Baird Center Expansion is about creating new possibilities for Milwaukee. It's about:

    • Attracting more visitors and conventions to the city.
    • Boosting the local economy.
    • Creating jobs.
    • Providing a world-class venue for Milwaukee's special events.

And the best part? The space is incredibly flexible. Whether you're planning a small intimate wedding or a large corporate gala, the Baird Center can accommodate your vision.

Here are just a few of the unique features that make the Baird Center Ballroom so special:

    • A customizable LED ceiling: that can be programmed to match your event's colors or theme.
    • Unbelievable rigging points: so you can hang chandeliers or create other custom design elements.
    • An experienced and dedicated staff: who will help you plan and execute your event flawlessly.

We're so excited to be a part of this incredible story and we can't wait to see the amazing things that happen at the Baird Center in the years to come.

Stay tuned for more updates on the project and be sure to visit bairdcenter.com to learn more about more big things coming at the Baird Center.

#BairdCenter #BairdCenterExpansion #Milwaukee #Weddings #Events #MKE


Idina Menzel, voice of Elsa in ‘Frozen,’ to perform at Baird Center grand opening gala | BizTimes 11.13.2023


Baird Center books Idina Menzel for its grand opening gala | OnMilwaukee 11.14.2023

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Baird Center to host grand opening gala on May 16 | BizTimes Milwaukee Business News 10.16.2023

BizTimes article photo rendering of Baird Center for news on hosting grand opening gala on May 16 Milwaukee Business News


 

Wisconsin Center District approves 2024 budget, sets anticipated Baird Center opening | Milwaukee Business Journal 10.20.2023

Milwaukee Business Journal slideshow screenshot for Wisconsin Center District article with 2024 budget and anticipated Baird Center opening


Inclusion efforts 'going well' on $456M Baird Center construction project | TMJ4 News 10.17.2023

Construction Inclusion Week at the Baird Center Expansion Project | Baird Center buildingmore.com 10.20.2023

We're all at different places in our diversity, equity and inclusion journeys; but the positive impacts on the communities we serve are undeniable.

Video Screenshots of Construction Inclusion Week video thumbnails and features for Baird Center Expansion Project on buildingmore.com

THE WAY TO WIN: The Baird Center Expansion Project is a shining example of what meeting and exceeding a 31% Disadvantaged Business Enterprise commitment and hiring workers who live in Milwaukee can do.

BY THE NUMBERS: The project is exceeding its goals for disadvantaged businesses, with 25% minority-owned, 17% women-owned, and approaching 1% disabled veterans-owned. The project is also meeting its goal of hiring city residents, with 44.3% of the workforce living in Milwaukee.

WHY IT MATTERS: These results are a testament to the commitment of the Baird Center stakeholders and project team for ensuring that the expansion project benefits all members of the community. These results are also a reminder of the importance of construction inclusion. Construction is a major industry that can provide good-paying jobs and opportunities for people from all backgrounds.

TO BE CONTINUED: As Construction Inclusion Week wraps up, we'll continue our industry-wide initiative for diversity, equity and inclusion by working toward more examples of projects like the Baird Center Expansion for helping to create more equitable and prosperous communities.


Construction Inclusion Week | Utilizing Diverse, Local Businesses | Baird Center buildingmore.com 10.19.2023

Inclusion efforts at the $456 million Baird Center Expansion show the importance of utilizing diverse, local businesses on construction projects. 

WHY IT MATTERS: These businesses not only create jobs and support the local economy, but they also help to ensure that the projects they work on reflect the communities they serve.

HOW IT WORKS: The project has a residence preference program (RPP) that gives priority to hiring workers who live in the Milwaukee area. The RPP has been a success, and it has helped to ensure that the project is employing a diverse workforce.

CONSTRUCTION INCLUSION DONE RIGHT: The Baird Center Expansion Project is a transformative project that is having a positive impact on the Milwaukee community. By utilizing diverse, local businesses, the project is helping to create jobs, support the economy, and build a stronger community.

To learn more about the Baird Center expansion project and its construction, visit buildingmore.com.


Construction Inclusion Week | Local Business Impact | Baird Center buildingmore.com 10.18.2023

JCP Construction, Equity Supply Group, True Vision Designs, Veterans Electric, and Thomas A Mason Co. Inc. are just a few of the many local businesses that are helping to make the Baird Center Expansion Project a success.

ZOOM IN: The impact of these local businesses is great. They are keeping union tradespeople and apprentices busy, allowing them to grow and develop their skills.

ZOOM OUT: The Baird Center Expansion Project is a meaningful opportunity for businesses to help grow the local economy while showcasing their talent and expertise to the rest of the country. It's a source of pride and a chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves, something that will improve the city of Milwaukee for years to come.

THE TAKEAWAY: The Baird Center Expansion Project is a prime example of how local businesses can work together to create something truly special. We are grateful for the contributions of all the local businesses involved in this project, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.

To learn more about the Baird Center expansion project and its construction, visit buildingmore.com.


Construction Inclusion Week | Local Businesses on the Baird Center Expansion Project | Baird Center buildingmore.com 10.17.2023

The Baird Center Expansion Project is committed to a culture of inclusion and belonging, with diverse project teams who understand we all have a part to play.

This Construction Inclusion Week, we're putting a spotlight on some of the local businesses working on the Baird Center Expansion Project.

JCP Construction, Equity Supply Group, True Vision Designs, Veterans Electric, and Thomas A Mason Co. Inc. are just a few of the businesses that inspire a vision for a more inclusive society through their leadership, on and off the jobsite.

These businesses are playing a vital role in building this transformative project, and they are also creating jobs and supporting the local economy. We are grateful for their contributions, and we are proud to have them as partners in this important project.


Inside look at construction progress on $456M Baird Center expansion: Exclusive | Milwaukee Business Journal 10.05.2023

Baird Center Expansion Project Construction Update with Photo Slideshow Images in Milwaukee Business Journal Article


Notable Leaders in Sustainability: Marty Brooks | BizTimes 09.11.2023

Baird makes its mark on Milwaukee | BizTimes 09.08.2023

Rendering of Wisconsin Center Expansion Project now named Baird Center with Baird CEO for Milwaukee BizTimes Article sharing by CD Smith Construction


Here's what you need to know about downtown's $456 million Baird Center expansion | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 08.24.2023

Still screenshot of drone video showing Baird Center expansion project in Milwaukee Wisconsin from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Meet the Members of Ironworkers Local 8 on the Baird Center Expansion Project in Milwaukee | Beneath the Hard Hat® Press & Blog 07.18.2023

Hook-on Ironworkers with Steel Beams Rigging Construction Cranes at Wisconsin Baird Center Expansion Construction Project in Milwaukee


It's no longer the Wisconsin Center as 'Baird Center' takes effect | Milwaukee Business Journal 06.30.2023

Visit Milwaukee sets its highest booking goal with expanded convention center | Milwaukee Business Journal 06.22.2023

Inside look at progress on $456M expansion of Milwaukee's convention center: Slideshow | Milwaukee Business Journal 06.15.2023

Wisconsin Center District Construction Expansion Project Slideshow in Milwaukee Business Journal


Wisconsin Center District and Gilbane | Smith Celebrate Topping Off Milestone on the expanded Baird Center | CISION PRWeb 05.19.2023

WISCONSIN CENTER EXPANSION PROJECT CELEBRATES FINAL BEAM INSTALLATION | Beneath the Hard Hat® Press & Blog 05.12.2023

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Beam Raising Ceremony | Baird Center & buildingmore.com 05.12.2023


Wisconsin Center expansion project hits milestone with topping off ceremony | CBS58 05.10.2023


Local leaders celebrate ‘topping off’ of $456 million convention center expansion | BizTimes 05.11.2023

Wisconsin Center topping off ceremony for $456M expansion | FOX6 News Milwaukee 05.10.2023


$456 Million Expansion Project at Baird Center topped off May 10, 2023 | The Daily Reporter 05.11.2023


Baird Center Reaches Highest Point | Urban Milwaukee 05.11.2023


See construction crews top off $456 million expansion of city's convention center | Milwaukee Business Journal 05.11.2023



Skywalk connecting the Hyatt and Wisconsin Center is lifted into place | OnMilwaukee 04.11.2023

 

OnMilwaukee article featuring skywalk lifted in place for Wisconsin Center Project with C.D. Smith Construction


 

Inside Wisconsin's biggest construction project: Wisconsin Center's $456M expansion | TMJ4 News 03.22.2023

 

 


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Baird Center: Baird given naming rights of expanded Wisconsin Center | TMJ4 News 03.10.2023

 

Milwaukee's Baird announced as Wisconsin Center's naming rights partner | CBS 58 Newsroom 03.10.2023

Downtown Milwaukee's expanding convention center is getting a new name. It's now tied to Baird & Co. | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 03.10.2023

Baird is new naming rights sponsor of Milwaukee's downtown convention center | Milwaukee Business Journal 03.10.2023

Baird named Wisconsin Center naming rights partner | Fox6 Milwaukee 03.10.2023

Baird revealed as naming rights partner of expanded Wisconsin Center | Spectrum News 03.10.2023

Board authorizes partnership with Baird for Wisconsin Center naming rights | OnMilwaukee 03.10.2023

Wisconsin Center to be renamed under new agreement with Milwaukee-based company Baird | WTMJ News 03.10.2023

Wisconsin Center District reaches agreement with Baird to rename convention center | The Daily Reporter 03.10.2023

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Wisconsin Center District Board Authorizes Naming Rights Partnership with Milwaukee-Based Baird for the Wisconsin Center | Wisconsin Center District 03.10.2023

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Wisconsin Center project hits 96% of contract awards. | Milwaukee Business Journal 01.24.2023

Gala Giveaway: Wisconsin Center to honor nonprofit at new rooftop ballroom | TMJ4 News 01.23.2023

 

Wisconsin Center has scarcity of open dates in 2023 as events business rebounds | BizTimes 01.16.2023

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Work proceeds on Wisconsin Center expansion (PHOTOS) | The Daily Reporter 09.01.2022

Wisconsin Center Seeks Artists For Expansion | Urban Milwaukee 08.31.2022

Wisconsin Center service corridor installed amid expansion project | FOX6 News Digital Team 08.23.2022


58,000-pound service corridor raised as part of Wisconsin Center expansion | BizTimes Milwaukee Business News 08.23.2022

Bird's eye view: Wisconsin Center expansion | BizTimes Milwaukee Business News 07.25.2022

Wisconsin Center expansion construction progresses with start of concrete decking | BizTimes Milwaukee Business News 06.28.2022

Wisconsin Center Project Drone Footage | buildingmore.com 05.19.2022

Wisconsin Center expansion concrete pour, downtown Milwaukee | FOX6 News Milwaukee 05.10.2022

 


1st large concrete pour at Wisconsin Center project | TMJ4 News 05.10.2022

 

Milwaukee's Wisconsin Center Undergoing $420M Expansion | ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com 04.12.2022

Big wall demolition a visible sign of Wisconsin Center expansion progress | OnMilwaukee 01.25.2022

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Wisconsin Center District breaks ground on $420 million convention center expansion | REJournals 11.01.2021

Wisconsin Center gets new look | WISN 12 News 10.31.2021

Wisconsin Center expansion groundbreaking ceremony | FOX6 News Milwaukee 10.28.2021

Wisconsin Center expansion groundbreaking: $420M project underway | FOX6 News 10.28.2021

Wisconsin Center District breaks ground on convention center expansion | CBS 58 on Facebook LIVE 10.28.2021

Wisconsin Center District begins multi-million dollar expansion on convention center | CBS58 Newsroom 10.28.2021

Wisconsin Center Expansion hopes to attract more, larger events | WISN 12 News 10.28.2021

Ground broken on $420M Wisconsin Center expansion | WISN 10.28.2021

Hundreds attend ceremony for $420M Wisconsin Center project: Slideshow | Milwaukee Business Journal 10.28.2021

Wisconsin Center District celebrates construction start for convention center expansion | BizTimes Milwaukee Business News 10.28.2021

Groundbreaking held for $420 million Wisconsin Center expansion | Waukesha Freeman gmtoday.com 10.28.2021

WCD Celebrates Start of Convention Center Expansion | Urban Milwaukee 10.28.2021

Groundbreaking marks new chapter for Milwaukee's Wisconsin Center District | TMJ4 10.28.2021

Groundbreaking marks a new chapter for Milwaukee's Wisconsin Central District | 6PARK.NEWS/WISCONSIN 10.28.2021

Work starts on $420M Wisconsin Center District expansion | The Daily Reporter 10.28.2021

Demolition set for July-August to clear Wisconsin Center Expansion site | Milwaukee Business Journal 07.01.2021

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Another interior view of the $420 million convention center released | OnMilwaukee 05.21.2021

Press Release | Wisconsin Center Begins Subcontractor Bidding Process for $420 Million Expansion Construction | buildingmore.com 04.16.2021

To stay up to date on the bidding timeline and for more information, visit buildingmore.com.


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WISCONSIN CENTER DISTRICT BREAKS GROUND ON CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION 

The groundbreaking event commemorates the next phase of the Wisconsin Center expansion project.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – (Oct. 28, 2021) – The Wisconsin Center District (WCD) leadership and board members, elected officials and community leaders broke ground for the Wisconsin Center expansion Thursday morning. The $420 million project will take up one square city block on Kilbourn Avenue, between Vel R. Phillips Avenue and Sixth Street, and include 650,000 square feet of space, bringing the total Wisconsin Center footprint to over 1.3 million square feet.

The Wisconsin Center expansion project will include 300,000 contiguous square feet of exhibit hall space, a rooftop ballroom and outdoor terraces, indoor parking, 24 additional flexible meeting rooms for a total of 52, and a retrofit of the current convention center. The facility is anticipated to open in the first quarter of 2024. 

The Wisconsin Center Expansion project groundbreaking ceremony first shovelsPictured from left to right: City of Milwaukee Development Commissioner Lafayette Crump, Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin, Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan, WCD President and CEO Marty Brooks, WCD Board Chair Jim Kanter, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, WCD Board Member and Milwaukee Fourth District Alderman Bob Bauman, VISIT Milwaukee Board Chair and Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall, VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO Peggy Williams-Smith.

“Today’s groundbreaking is the formal celebration of our highly-anticipated $420 million expansion that has been years in the making,” said Marty Brooks, president and CEO of the WCD. “Doubling the size of the convention center allows us to execute multiple, simultaneous events bringing more visitors to Milwaukee to attend conferences and patronize local businesses. Meeting planners can expect flexible meeting space, robust IT infrastructure, and top-of-the-line health and safety features, along with our signature Bold, Proud, Experience Obsessed service delivery approach.”

After opening, the WCD anticipates an additional 100,000 out-of-state visitors annually, and the expansion is projected to generate $12.6 billion in total spending over 30 years.

The event began with remarks from Marty Brooks, who spoke to the project's impact on economic prosperity in Milwaukee and creating a source of pride for residents. Additional speakers included WCD Board Chair Jim Kanter; VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO Peggy Williams-Smith; VISIT Milwaukee Board Chair Dr. Eve M. Hall; Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin; WCD Board Member and Milwaukee Fourth District Alderman Bob Bauman; City of Milwaukee Commissioner of City Development Lafayette Crump; Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley; and Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration Joel Brennan.

The Wisconsin Center Expansion project groundbreaking ceremony first shovels

Each speaker shared messages with common themes about the project’s economic impact and how the new, state-of-the-art facility will attract more people to visit and explore Milwaukee. The expansion project includes a 31 percent disadvantaged business enterprise commitment with at least 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.

“This is a monumental day, and we’re here in large part because of the vision, tenacity and ingenuity of the WCD Board of Directors. In a time of unprecedented uncertainty, the WCD Board demonstrated faith and confidence in the leaders behind this project and voted yes to enhance Milwaukee’s future as a meetings and conventions destination,” said Jim Kanter, WCD Board Chair. “The shovel-ready project will be a source of pride for the city for years to come.”

The Wisconsin Center expansion is a cutting-edge project setting new industry standards. Its dynamic design elements are unique in the convention industry, its environmental requirements meet stringent standards and its contractors’ qualifications are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion practices that will benefit the local economy.

“This event marks the beginning of the Wisconsin Center’s thrilling next chapter and it will elevate Milwaukee in the ranks against our peer cities,” said Peggy Williams-Smith, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “An expanded convention center means more business, more visitors and more national exposure for Milwaukee and translates into billions of dollars in additional tourism spending in our community.”

Expansion partners include the project owner’s representative, CAA ICON, design partners Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) and Atlanta-based tvsdesign, construction management partners Gilbane Building Company and C.D. Smith Construction, who have formed a joint venture as Gilbane | Smith Wisconsin Center Expansion (Gilbane | Smith), disadvantaged business enterprise partners Cross Management Services, Inc. and Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services, LLC. and naming-rights partner Legends.

To stay up to date on progress and learn more about the Wisconsin Center expansion, visit buildingmore.com.

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Wisconsin Center
The Wisconsin Center, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, is the hub of convention business in Wisconsin and is ideal for trade and consumer shows, conventions, banquets, business meetings, and celebrations. Currently, the Wisconsin Center offers 188,695 square feet of contiguous exposition space and 37,500 square feet of ballroom space, accommodating up to 1,000 vendors and 10,000 guests. More intimate spaces are also available for groups as small as ten. 

In 2021, the Wisconsin Center began a $420 million expansion, which 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, an additional kitchen, and feature a spectacular fourth-floor rooftop ballroom with outdoor terraces and space for a minimum of 2,000 for a seated dinner. This will allow the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) to host multiple events simultaneously and offer flexible space arrangements to meet various clients’ needs. The expansion is expected to be completed and open for business in Q1 2024. For more information and to book an event, visit wisconsincenter.com.

Wisconsin Center District
Experience-obsessed and committed to creating unforgettable moments, the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) is a quasi-governmental body that operates the Wisconsin Center, which in 2021 will begin undergoing a $420 million expansion to double its size; UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena; and Miller High Life Theatre in downtown Milwaukee. The WCD venues are within walking distance of leading hotels, retail establishments, attractions, dining, nightclubs and transportation. Created under Wisconsin State Statute in 1994, the WCD offers captivating- and buzzworthy-experiences, making Milwaukee a not-to-be-missed destination.

About CAA ICON
A division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), CAA ICON is the world’s leading owner’s representative and strategic management consulting firm for public and private sports and entertainment facility owners/operators, professional franchises, and leagues. With more than 50 sports, entertainment, and public assembly projects and over 1,500 consulting engagements, CAA ICON has managed the development of many of the most successful venues around the world, spanning 11 professional sports leagues, totaling nearly $20 billion. CAA ICON offers world-class service in the areas of project management, strategic advisory, feasibility and planning, and beyond.

About Gilbane | Smith Wisconsin Center Expansion (Gilbane | Smith)

About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane is a global integrated construction and facility management services firm with strong roots in Southeast Wisconsin over the past 40+ years. Gilbane’s downtown Milwaukee office has been steadily growing in recent years. Recognized as the #1 Milwaukee-area contractor by Milwaukee Business Journal (2020), Gilbane has assembled an impressive portfolio of work, while staying true to our commitment of community partnerships, building capacity and safety excellence. Our extensive experience translates into a builder you can trust with valuable lessons learned and best practices on a variety building types including corporate, high-rise developments, industrial, food and beverage, education, hospitality and municipal, to name a few. Visit www.gilbaneco.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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C.D. Smith Construction is an industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and self-performing trade services combined with technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project from planning through construction. With veteran leadership, and a dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States. Visit www.cdsmith.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


 

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Our corporate headquarters represents how we've set the next-generation standard for high-performance building design, construction and operations. Discover more by going to our website's OUR SUSTAINABILITY page or scrolling down to see how we're living green with LEED gold.

We're proud of the sustainable design and construction that went into our new headquarters. Key sustainable features include:

Powered by Solar

Atop of our new headquarters sits a 94kW ballasted solar photovoltaic system. The system features five SolarEdge Technologies Inc. inverters and (294) REC Group 320w modules. It is projected to offset an estimated up to 39.1% of our electric energy consumption. That’s saving over 93 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year!

Daylight Harvesting

Floor to ceiling, energy-efficient windows throughout the C.D. Smtih headquarters optimize daylight to reduce energy consumption by offsetting the amount of electricity lightly needed to properly light spaces in the building. 

Automated Building Controls

Tracking and metering systems allow for decreased operating costs, enhanced system performance, energy savings, increased comfort and increased building infrastructure control. 

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Reusable cups are located in cafes. Recycling Stations are located throughout the building, along with bottle filling stations. Office employees are making a valiant effort to go paperless.

Prairie in Progress

As a part of our green initiatives, C.D. Smith is practicing sustainable landscaping. Native planting takes two to three years to develop and requires maintenance for the plants to successfully establish. Maintenance may include mowing, weed management, and prescribed burning. The land surrounding the building will look different throughout the season and every year.

 

Milwaukee Experience
Trade Partners & Bids

Construction-related companies in southeastern Wisconsin that want to learn more about becoming a vendor, subcontractor, supplier or professional services provider for the WISCONSIN CENTER expansion are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions and register to receive updates at buildingmore.com.


If you are interested in working with C.D. Smith or would like to request adding your company to our bidder’s database (for projects other than Wisconsin Center Expansion), please complete our Trade Partners & Bids Form, Click here.



Self-Performing

Our self-perform capabilities are a direct result of our talented team members' skilled trade career paths in the communities in which they live and work.

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Press Release

Wisconsin Center Begins Subcontractor Bidding Process for $420 Million Expansion Construction 

 

Information Can Be Found at BuildingMore.com

Wisconsin Center Expansion project original press release

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – (April 16, 2021) – The Wisconsin Center District (WCD), along with its owner’s representative, CAA ICON, and construction firm partners Gilbane Building Company and C.D. Smith Construction, who have formed a joint venture as Gilbane | Smith Wisconsin Center Expansion (Gilbane | Smith), are opening the subcontractor bidding process for its highly-anticipated $420 million convention center expansion. Construction-related companies in southeastern Wisconsin that want to learn more about becoming a vendor, subcontractor, supplier or professional services provider for the expansion are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions and register to receive updates at buildingmore.com.

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Get in Touch

Corporate Headquarters
125 Camelot Drive
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Milwaukee Office
8325 W. Tower Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53223

Madison Office
316 West Washington Avenue
Suite 900 
Madison, WI 53703

La Crosse Office
333 Front Street North
Suite 701 
La Crosse, WI 54601

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