Builders of a variety of multi-unit structures rely on Roman Electric for skilled installation of their electrical systems. Roman electrical engineers and designers can provide customized electrical power and lighting systems to fit the owner's needs, desires and budget. Then Roman's crew of highly trained electricians installs the system.
Multi-unit electrical systems by Roman include the most effective distribution of power, maximum safety, use of highly efficient materials and tooling, high quality work at competitve pricing, compliance with all local codes, and complete owner satisfaction.
The huge new Bayshore Town Center in Glendale brings the first lifestyle shopping center to the Milwaukee area. The $360 million expansion of 52-year-old Bayshore Mall combines stores, restaurants, apartments, entertainment, office space and parking on the 68 acre site.
Corna/Kokosing Construction Co. of Westerville, OH was general contractor for the project’s massive centerpiece structure, “Building N.” The developer was Steiner & Associates of Columbus, OH. Bayshore Town Center is the owner. Roman Electric was the electrical contractor for the shell, apartments and several tenants in the huge Building N, largest in the Center.
The mixed-use, six-story Building N measures 580’ by 300’. It will have 25 retailers on the first floor, 2 1/2 levels of parking there and above, and three floors of apartments at the top. Many of the stores are open and the 113 apartments will be finished in May.
Andy Thompson, Corna/Kokosing project engineer, said, “Even though we were an out-of-town contractor, Roman Electric was very responsive and worked efficiently with us. They had a good crew and things went smoothly. They put in a lot of time in the last month to get us open in time. Roman did a great job.”
Great Downtown and Lake Views from Sterling Condominiums
Sterling Condominiums, an 11 story high rise complex, on Milwaukee’s East Side at Farwell Ave. and Royall Place offers 112 one- and two-bedroom condos on the 4th through the 11th floors. The ground floor features 9,600 sq. ft. of retail space with four levels of parking above it. New Land Enterprises LLC is the builder/developer. Roman Electric is the design/build electrical contractor on the job.
The units combine quality construction and soundproofing with impressive views of downtown and the lakefront. Features include floor to ceiling glass in the living room and dining room, large private patios and balconies, heated parking, solid wood cabinetry, maple woodwork, granite countertops, ceramic tile kitchen and bathroom floors, and much more. Prices start at $169,900 and more than half the units are sold.
Gerry Burk, New Land director of development, said the job is a complex mixed use project combining retail spaces, public and private parking, and 112 condos with high rise condition generators and fire support systems. “Everything’s going fine,” he said. “Roman foreman Greg Klosowski is great, and project manager John Perse and account manager Jeff Kubiszewski are doing a good job.”
Three Tower Complex for City Green Apartments and Condos
The sprawling ten story, three tower City Green complex at 1111 N. Marshall on Milwaukee’s east side has 135 units, some with great views of the lake. City Green features 44 condos from 1,637 to 2,280 sq. ft. and 91 apartments from 1,400 to 2,200 sq. ft.
Roman account manager Jeff Kubiszewski said City Green planning took into account the need for apartments in the area. New Land Enterprises LLC is the builder/developer with project management by director of development Gerry Burke. Roman has completed several New Land apartment and condo projects on the east side and in the Third Ward.
Kenilworth Building Renovated Into UWM Housing
With the creative investment of $68 million, the moribund Kenilworth Building has been transformed into UWM housing and art studios, revitalizing the area. The huge structure, one of the largest buildings on the east side, covers an entire city block from Prospect Ave. to Farwell Ave. at Kenilworth Place.
The original conjoined buildings, constructed in 1914 and 1943, were rebuilt into two facilities, each with 250,000 sq. ft. of space. Kenilworth Square Apartments on Farwell Ave. has 174 units with housing for up to 374 UWM graduate and upper level students. The ground floor has about 13,000 sq. ft. of retail space.
Splitting Kenilworth into two buildings gave each more natural light and created green space between them. They are connected by a 220 space parking garage below.
Weas Development Co. developed the complex project for the UW system and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee. RACM is the owner from whom UWM leases the buildings. KBS Construction was the general contractor. Roman Electric was the design/build electrical and voice/data/security cabling contractor.
Scott Weas, one of the developer’s partners, said, “The job was unusual in many ways, both in the public/private development structure for the UW System, and the architectural solution implemented. We cut a huge monolithic building in half to construct two attractive buildings. And we did it all in a short time frame to make the housing available for UWM’s fall semester. Our team certainly exceeded all of our expectations.”
Weas was pleased with Roman’s work. “Roman Electric did a fantastic job,” he said. “We put a lot of trust into a contractor under a design/build model. We get married early and if they can’t deliver we’re kind of stuck. Roman performed from beginning design, early budgeting and preconstruction services through managing and designing the overall project.
“Too often what we hear from our partners is, ‘we’ve got a problem, how are you going to solve it?’ Roman would say ‘here’s the problem, here are your available solutions, help us choose the best option.’ They did very well at meeting overall performance specs and quality standards.” Roman project managers were Bob Czajka and Greg Blaney.
KBS Construction project manager Dave Rhoda said the project was a difficult job requiring structural demolition to separate the existing building into two, then design and construct each to fit its respective function.
“Roman did an excellent job,” he said. “The buildings were designed with unique exposed features including conduit, bus duct and cable trays. Roman did a great job working with the architect to make all the exposed fixtures and infrastructure fit esthetically. I can’t say enough about the work of president Phil Rose and foremen Kevin Schlax and Dave Broz.”
High End Cabling Work
Roman TechNet, working on a $750,000 design/build project – one of its largest, installed an elaborate and lengthy voice/data/security cabling system. The network included top-of-the-line Category 6 data cable for the voice and data systems in both buildings. The high end cable gives UWM expanded bandwidth for higher speed networks, assuring them of extensive capacity for later expansion.
TechNet built 18 telecommunications closets with state-of-the-art laser optimized fiber optic cable that allows a 10 gigabyte bandwidth, again accommodating future expansion. They installed 1800 data connection drops.
The security system includes 27 CCTV cameras inside and outside, a Code Blue emergency call system with 22 call stations, and bio-readers – three-dimensional hand scanning devices – controlling access to 67 secure doors and the elevators. Cable networks were connected to both the city fiber and UWM systems so the buildings and campus can communicate with each other. Students can even go online to see which washers and dryers are available in the laundry room.
Roman TechNet project managers were Scott Archie and Jerry Trinkl.
Senior Apartment Style Living Choices in a Gracious Setting
The Sarah Chudnow Campus provides a variety of senior living choices in a stylish new apartment-like facility on a 17 acre site with meadows and woods. The Campus is conveniently located at 10995 N. Market St. in Mequon near synagogues and a variety of shops and services.
SCC living choices include independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and hospice care. Varied programs, activities and services are offered to meet the needs and interests of a full range of seniors.
General contractor and construction manager for the state-of-the-art facility was Hunzinger Construction Co., Inc. Roman Electric served as design/build contractor for the electrical, voice/data and fire alarm systems.
Independent and assisted living residents can choose one-, two- or three-bedroom well-appointed apartments with the latest amenities. Comfort, safety and security are emphasized to assure peace of mind. Each apartment is equipped with a wireless emergency response system.
Roman TechNet installed the complete voice and data system, as well as three sound systems. Fiber optics lines run from the main data room to each communications closet for data transmission, with copper lines along the same route for voice. Each residential unit is wired with copper lines for communication, and coax for cable TV. TechNet also outfitted each unit with an unusual six jack outlet to accommodate an in-house phone, outside phone line, fax line, computer modem, ancillary help line, and one spare jack.
An impressive three-story central atrium is designed to impart a town-square feeling. It’s surrounded by a gift shop, cafe, bank and hair salon. The campus also features a community room, library, office/computer room, art gallery, fireside lounge, fitness center, spa, and outdoor gardens. Even fine Kosher dining is available.
Hunzinger senior project manager Mike Christensen said, “Sarah Chudnow Campus is a very high-end, very attractive facility. Roman electric managed a tough project very well. They were responsive, proactive, paid attention to detail, and did a great job. The usual good stuff.”
Convenient Location and Neighborhood Look at Jefferson Block Apartments
Continued housing development in the Historic Third Ward combines 'luxurious new' with 'refurbished old' in an attractive and convenient location. Jefferson Block Apartments at 511 E. Menomonee Avenue offer 216 one- and two-bedroom units situated on an entire square block.
New Land Enterprises is the owner and general contractor. They constructed one continuous building with five different brick and granite exterior looks that blend into the older neighborhood. Jefferson Block features the latest amenities and appliances, including high-tech soundproofing. Twenty-nine different layouts are available, some with bi-level floor plans, and rents start at $915.
Roman Electric is handling all the electrical construction. Gerry Burke, New Land director of development, said, "It's a pleasure to work with Roman. Basically the same Roman crews have been working on my jobs for probably the last four years. Right now they're working on Jefferson Block, Cathedral Square and Riverbridge.
"Why Roman? It's a matter of good pricing, available manpower, skilled personnel and a great relationship."
Jeff Kubiszewski is account\manager for Roman and foreman on the job is Greg Klosowski.
Gaslight Square Offers Spacious Lofts and Townhomes
On the next square block just west of Jefferson Block is Gaslight Square at 425 E. Menomonee Avenue. It includes three buildings and offers 138 one- and two-bedroom loft and townhome apartments beginning at $930.
Gaslight Square offers spacious floor plans, high ceilings, a clubroom with a gourmet kitchen, concierge services, fitness facility, heated underground parking and more.
Owner and general contractor Mandel Group is building the structures on a tight site once owned by Wisconsin Gas. Roman Electric is the electrical contractor.
Jim Wohead, vice president of the Mandel Group construction division, is pleased with Roman’s work. “Roman’s doing a fine job. They live up to commitments and schedule. We’ll want to use them again. They are team players.
The Manor at Brookfield Hills Adds 112 Apartments Near Golf Course
The Manor is adding another 112 apartments to the Brookfield Hills Residential Golf Community just south of I-94 off Moorland Rd. The four-story building overlooking Brookfield Hills Golf Course will offer spacious, well-designed one- and two-bedroom apartments, some with lofts.
Wimmer Brothers is the developer and general contractor. Roman Electric, electrical contractor for The Manor, also constructed the electrical systems in the three previous Brookfield Hills buildings. Roman foreman is Ed Alexander.
Wimmer Brothers project manager Perry Galloway said The Manor is the last building on the site. Because its back is on the hillside leading down to the golf course, there were some challenging grade and access issues. “Roman’s doing a really good job for us,” he said. “We pretty much use them exclusively.”
Spectacular Views of Lake Michigan from Huge Apartment Complex, The Landing at Park shore
You can’t get any closer to Lake Michigan than The Landing at Park Shore. The 301 unit apartment complex offers spectacular, unimpeded views of the lake, unique designs and many resident services.
Located at 4100 South Lake Drive in St. Francis, The Landing may be Wisconsin’s largest apartment building. It is just eight minutes from downtown Milwaukee. It features one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 600 to 1800 sq. ft.
Developer of The Landing is Thomson Corporation. The Jansen Group, Ten Construction Division is the general contractor.
Kurt Schrang, project manager for Ten Construction, said, “Roman’s providing great service and workmanship.” Dean Frederick, Thomson project manager, said there were some headaches because the building was covered by both old and new state electrical codes but “Roman has met the challenge and found solutions for us.
“Their customer service has been fantastic. Roman’s been very accommodating and their foreman John Perse is always available.”
Jeff Kubiszewski is Roman’s account manager.
Burlington Boardwalk Apartments in Picturesque Setting on Fox River
Burlington Boardwalk, an attractive new apartment complex on the Fox River in downtown Burlington, has 128 upscale apartments with the latest appliance, lighting and electrical amenities.
Harmony Homes, Inc. is the general contractor and Bryce Styza Properties is the owner. They first completed a similar apartment complex, The Landing in Waukesha. Roman Electric was the electrical contractor on both projects.
Roman did extremely well,” said owner Bryce Styza. “They met our deadlines and did a nice job with multi-trade revisions and any changes we made to the original plans. They gave us the same team we worked with on The Landing.
“Roman foreman Jeff Muth again did a fine job of running the project. Once again Roman delivered what they promised. They’re professionals and good people to work with.”
Stephen Kassens was Harmony Homes Inc. construction manager. Roman Electric account manager was Jeff Kubiszewski.
Library Hill Apartments Revitalizes W. Wisconsin Ave. Area Downtown
The Library Hill apartment complex, across from the Central Library, is providing a welcome facelift to the west end of the downtown district.
The two-phase project includes 139 apartments in 75% of the square block from 7th St. to 8th St. and Wisconsin Ave. to Wells St. The Fire Department takes up the other 25%. Rents will range from $650 to $1100. There will be 150 surface or underground parking spaces.
Developer is Milwaukee Redevelopment Corporation – made up of 40 top Milwaukee firms – which established Westown, Inc., project owner. The goal is to create a new neighborhood in a declining area.
Construction manager is Mandel Group, and Mandel Property Services will manage the complex upon completion. “We’re finding a strong market for upscale apartments in the area,” said Dennis Miller, Mandel Group vice president. “The response has been outstanding and we expect this project to be a home run!”
Roman Electric is handling all the electrical work for the apartment complex. Said Miller, “Roman foreman Joe Herman is great and Roman’s electrical crew is, as usual, doing an excellent job.”
Luxury Apartments with Lake Michigan View
The 109 unit Lake Bluff apartment complex in the 1300 block of N. Prospect Ave. offers luxurious amenities, lake views and downtown convenience. Developed by Barry Mandel and his Mandel Group, the posh apartments are just east of the $85 million East Point Commons also developed by Mandel.
Lake Bluff is another enticement to lure suburbanites downtown with amenities including hardwood trim, high ceilings, crown molding, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, ceramic tile, heated underground parking, magnificent lake views, up to 1787 sq. ft. of space, an impressive common room, and a lighted walkway down to Lake Drive. Rents range from $925 per month to around $3000.
Says Mandel, “It’s a very, very elegant building. I wanted to build something that will still look good 100 years from now.” Helping to achieve that look, Roman Electric served as design/build electrical contractor on the project.
Mandel is well known for his obsessive attention to detail. Roman account manager John Perse gave one example. Describing development of the impressive outdoor lighting, John said, “Most owners would say, ‘John, light it,’ and walk away. But we had to bring our scaffolding and equipment out there for five or six nights and string cable and aim lights and make adjustments until Barry was satisfied.”
Happy with the results, Barry Mandle said, “John Perse does a great job. Roman Electric not only does excellent work, but they also recognize that customer service is an important component in a total commitment to do a professional job.”
Steeple View Independent Senior Housing
Steeple View, an 81 unit housing complex at 124th and Janesville Road, will provide apartments for independent seniors age 55 and over. Developed by Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Steeple View will offer attractive one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 700 to 1300 sq. ft.
General contractor is Math Starck & Sons Inc. Roman Electric is design/build electrical contractor. Ron Speer is the owner’s representative.
Peter Cook, Math Starck president, has been with the contractor for 35 years. “We’ve done work with Roman for probably 50 years now,” he said. “They do almost all our multi-family units. They’re great people to work with.
“Roman’s work on Steeple View is just what we expect from them. From account manager Jeff Kubiszewski to foreman Jim Grybush to their team of electricians, they’re very professional, talented, knowledgeable and easy to work with. From the top down Roman’s people combine exceptional skill with great attitudes. We like their honesty, integrity, dedicated service and fair price. In short, they make our job easier.”
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