Continuum is renovating all 60,000 square feet of the six-story Mackie Building (photo at left), which was built in 1887 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The project is a continuation of the firm’s highly successful partnership with Milwaukee developer, Josh Jeffers of J. Jeffers & Co.
Says Jeffers of Continuum’s work, “They bring the right mix of experience, creativity and total commitment.”
“Josh values our City’s historic architecture and it is such a pleasure to work together with him to restore, rehab and enhance buildings like Mackie and the Historic Mitchell,” says Continuum principal Falamak Nourzad.
The top three floors of the 129-year-old Historic Mackie Building remodel include 25 units of market rate housing offering unique floor plans that best take advantage of views of Milwaukee’s East Side Commercial Historic District.
The second floor is being remodeled for The Daily Reporter’s offices, Milwaukee’s only publication for publicly bid projects. The first floor is being remodeled to create pre-function spaces for the Grain Exchange event center including management offices, a bridal dressing suite, and public restrooms. On the ground level the interior grand lobby is being renovated to help connect to the pedestrian activity of Broadway Street and the Third Ward with the iconic building.
In addition, the entire building’s infrastructure is being upgraded to improve its energy efficiency, including installing a VRF system. These improvements follow the energy efficiency guidelines for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding. Continuum finished the construction documents and handled the historic approval process with the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Park Service (NPS) as well as the Historic Tax Credit application.
A surprise was found in the building during deconstruction. Learn more and see photos of the renovation process here.
Learn more about the history of this important building in the video below produced by Historic Milwaukee.