Job Corps Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI
Campus Planning, New Construction
A campus for students to learn, change, gain a career and become a whole person

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: New campus for the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Program
  • SIZE: 155,000 sf; 8 buildings; 25 acres
  • COMPLETION: June 2010
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $28 million
  • OWNER: U.S. Department of Labor
  • LOCATION: 6665 N. 60th Street between Good Hope and Mill Roads on a 25-acre site
  • CAMPUS: Will house 300 students—272 in two on-site dormitories
  • EMPLOYMENT: The facility will employ about 70 full-time staff members
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Project Overview

Continuum transformed 25-acres of Milwaukee farmland into a community of learning for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program. The highly sustainable project consists of eight buildings totaling 155,000 square feet accommodating 300 students who stay on campus 24/7. The day campus includes an education and administration services while a central dining hall leads into the night campus that includes two dormitories and a recreation center.

Working within the limited $28 million budget, the team based the campus design on the patterns of a quilt to represent the diverse backgrounds of the students coming together to create a secure, warm environment meant to have a significant positive impact on their performance.

Performs 46.6% Better Than Typical Buildings

Although the team did not seek LEED certification, the project meets the federal government’s new standards for sustainable design. Features include:

  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • In-floor radiation
  • Natural daylight in all occupied spaces
  • Low-flow toilet fixtures
  • Native prairie grasses and perennials that are low maintenance
  • Rain gardens and storm water retention pond minimizes run off

Home Away from Home

A Job Corps campus is a home away from home for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds with a strong drive to learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. The program, run by the U.S. Department of Labor, is the nation’s largest and oldest federally funded job education and training program serving about 100,000 students each year at 122 centers nationwide. Each campus must offer security, comfort, and enjoyment. The new campus in Milwaukee, designed by Continuum Architects + Planners and being built by De Arteaga/Miron Joint Venture, will be an ideal of this preferred environment.

With the focus across the country on education, job training and creation, protecting our environment, and supporting local businesses, this project is a model of collaboration that addresses all these issues. All of these issues were at the forefront of the designers’ minds.

Fostering a Diverse Community of Learning

The new $28 million Job Corps Center transforms 25 acres into an intimate campus that engages and motivates the 300 students that inhabit it day and night. It consists of eight buildings, totaling 155,000 square feet, each serving a specific purpose. Security is maintained at the welcome center; the administration building houses operational staff and a student clinic; and the student services building offers space for testing and counseling. The education building contains all classrooms and hands-on skilled trade learning labs. At the heart of the campus is a state-of-the-art dining hall. The night campus includes two dormitories and a recreation center with an arts-and-crafts studio, a gym, movie/game room, learning resource center, and student store. The result is an environment that promotes student interaction through diverse gathering spaces in a vibrant, safe atmosphere.

A Catalyst of Change

As a catalytic project of the Smart Growth Plan for the Northwest Side, the new 25-acre campus transforms farmland into an educational community that will engage and motivate the 300 students inhabiting the campus both day and night. It will also provide about 70 people with full-time employment. About one-quarter through construction, the project consists of eight buildings totaling 155,000 square feet; each serving a specific purpose such as education, administration, health services, and housing. A state-of-the-art dining hall will accommodate a cafeteria offering a variety of food, focusing on healthy choices. The recreation building will provide an arts-and-crafts studio, a gym, video/movie room, game room, learning resource center, multi-purpose room, student store, and snack bar.

8 Buildings

Includes 8 buildings grouped to form a campus divided into day and night activity areas:

  • Welcome Center
  • Administration/Medical Building
  • Student Services
  • Education Building
  • Cafeteria
  • Two Dormitories
  • Recreation/Gymnasium


  • Focus on Energy Award of Excellence, SE2, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, 2011
  • Mayor’s Design Awards, 2011
  • Top Project, The Daily Reporter/ Wisconsin Builder, 2010
  • Impact Award for Achievement, WCREW, 2010
  • Project of Distinction, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Wisconsin Chapter, 2010
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