Gen. Mitchell International Airport Power Plant

Milwaukee, WI
New Construction
New Power Plant Highlights its Crucial Service

At A Glance

  • SUMMARY: Relocation and presentation of airport’s central power plant
  • SIZE: 17,000 sf
  • COMPLETION: 2000
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $6 million
  • OWNER: Milwaukee County, General Mitchell International Airport
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Project Overview

With the 5,000-car parking structure expansion at General Mitchell International Airport, the facility’s power plant needed to be relocated.  The existing power plant was demolished and a new facility was constructed next to the International Arrivals Terminal.

Since the new power plant location is highly visible from the roadways as well as from the International Arrivals Terminal, it was decided that the building needed to present an intriguing architectural presence.  Although the 17,000-square-foot building is a simple box, the four primary building components: pre-cast concrete wall panels, glass, aluminum framing, and aluminum louvers create an interesting pattern of light and texture.  The glass expanses on the south and east sides expose the brightly colored inner workings of the power plant that are illuminated at night.

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