Milwaukee County Department of Transportation HQ

Milwaukee, WI
New Construction
Highway Improvements Present Opportunity for County Offices

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Renovation and addition for Department of Transportation  Headquarters
  • SIZE: 17,389 sf renovation and 16,818 sf 2-story addition
  • COMPLETION: April 2015
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $6.2 million
  • OWNER: Milwaukee County, Department of Public Works
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Project Overview

The I-94 Zoo Interchange expansion made it necessary to demolish the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Building located on Watertown Plank Road.  Since the neighboring Central Shop, used by the Fleet Management and Highway Divisions, could remain, the decision was to renovate and expand it to accommodate the dislocated staff.  This also provided an opportunity to consolidate the Department of Transportation’s staff by moving other divisions to this site.

The existing 17,389-square-foot Central Shop was completely gutted to provide a more efficient layout of office space and to accommodate new meeting and training rooms.  The exterior panels of the new 16,818-square-foot addition were carefully arranged to create a sense of movement—a nod to its use by the transportation department—and serves as a new face for the facility’s expanded function.  The prominent main entrance has two-stories of glass to allow natural lighting in the shared lobby.  The design also accommodates a highly efficient, cost-effective Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) mechanical system that uses smaller units and taps into the boiler system.  The main design challenge was to create a new brand for the transportation department with an inviting space for the public, while maintaining the proper security necessary for the sheriff’s department.

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