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Construction managers, general contractors, and owners and managers of a full range of commercial businesses have relied on Roman Electric since 1929 for skilled design and construction of their new facilities. Roman electrical engineers and designers can provide customized electrical power and lighting systems to fit the owner's needs and desires. Then Roman's crew of highly trained commercial electricians installs the system.

 

 

Electrical systems by Roman include the most effective distribution of power, maximum safety, use of highly efficient materials and tooling, compliance with all local codes, and complete customer satisfaction.

 


Experience and Capability:

 

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Builds New Facility

 

New Intermodal A Gleaming Jewell for Travelers

 

Uline Builds Another Huge Warehouse With Outstanding Cleanliness And Lighting

 

Kenall Manufacturing Builds Much Larger, More Efficient Building in Kenosha

 

Amazon Builds Huge New Distribution Center In Kenosha With Major Assist From Roman

 

Unique New Racine YMCA Features Expansive Indoor Water Park

 

New Building Constructed Based On Recycling & Sustainability

 

Hilton Milwaukee City Center Opens Three Story Indoor Water Park

 

St. Ann Center Builds Beautiful Respite Care Addition

 

Brewery Parking Garage Features Uniquely Efficient Lighting

 

Eight Story 875 East Building Combines Office Space and Parking

 

GMR Marketing Leases New 74,000 Sq. Ft. Office Building

 

Johnson Controls New Brengel Technology Center Features "Green" Design

 

 

 

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Builds New Facility

 

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care has opened a new facility, it’s second, at 2450 W. North Ave. Called the Bucyrus Campus, the two-story, 80,000 sq. ft. building presently has just shell space on the second floor. The impressive facility will cost an estimated $21 million when completed.

 

The Bucyrus Center will replicate the intergenerational care St. Ann provides at its primary facility, 2801 E. Morgan Ave, which opened in 1983. It provides child care and adult day care services that have drawn national attention. The Bucycus Center began with a staff of 45 people but could eventually bring 200 jobs to the neighborhood.

 

Services cover child day services and daycare, plus day services for the frail elderly and adults with special needs. Included are infant, toddler and preschool programming….head-start and after-school programming….mentoring for at-risk youth….medical and dental care for those with severe physical and developmental disabilities….occupational, speech, psycho-social and music therapies….specialized day-care for older adults with dementia, and for young and older adults with severe mental illness.

 

C. G. Schmidt was the general contractor on the job. Phil Lloyd was Superintendent and Ross Eggert served as project manager. Roman Electric Co. Inc. handled all the electrical work. Mike Wollner was the lead electrician on the job.

 

Ross Eggert said, “Roman did a nice job for us and the owner. Their relationship with St. Ann helped move along some of the options in early construction. Roman did a good job of meeting with the owner and showing them what could be done to reduce some costs, maintain good light levels, and still meet the budget.”

 

Sr. Edna Lonergan, St. Ann President and CEO, said, “Roman’s President Phil Rose taught me that to beautify a building, it’s all in the lighting, and he’s so right. I paid careful attention to the type of lighting we put in so it would meet the requirements of people from small children to frail seniors. Roman went with it all. They’re so good.

 

“They knew what to do and went the undemanded mile. They’re just amazing. I always get bids but end up with Roman because no one can beat their quality. And I can call Phil Rose and he will return my call. That’s pretty good for a big company. He’s a great guy to work with.”

 

 

 

New Intermodal A Gleaming Jewell for Travelers

 

The new Milwaukee Intermodal Station is a bright, beautiful, long-needed renovation of an important gateway to the city. The $22 million, 18 month long project offers a rebuilt concourse for passengers and freight to and from Chicago, Minneapolis and other cities along Amtrak’s Hiawatha and Empire Builder lines.

 

J.P. Cullen & Sons was the general contractor on the job. Roman Electric Co., Inc. installed the electrical systems and lighting. President Phil Rose served as Project Manager. The train passenger concourse spans 121 ft. by 400 ft. long. The major renovation matches the architectural design of the station, remodeled in 2007.

 

Improvements added included a truss roof with skylights, a mezzanine spanning all five of the station’s tracks, three raised boarding platforms, a renovated passenger tunnel, new stairs and escalators, elevators, ventilation systems, lighting and signage, and a state-of-the-art sound system to help passengers with hearing aids listen to announcements.

 

More than 1.3 million passengers use the train station each year. They also connect to greyhound and other bus services, as well as taxis.

 

 

 

Dan Wargolet, J.P. Cullen Project Manager, said, “It was the toughest job I’ve ever worked on. We could only temporarily shut down one track at a time while freight and passenger trains continued running on the other four tracks.

 

“Roman did a good job. They were as flexible with the schedule as they had to be. They didn’t complain. Their foreman, Mike Wileman, has worked with us before and did really well on this job. He was good at keeping abreast of issues and changes, figuring how activities were going to be phased, determining which items could be worked on now and which had to installed now for connection at a future phase. Everything was laid out, coordinated and connected so everything worked. Roman did a very nice job for us.”

 

  

 

Uline Builds Another Huge Warehouse With Outstanding Cleanliness And Lighting

 

The bright, clean plant features LED high bay light fixtures, skylights, and sophisticated lighting controls.Uline is substantially expanding its Pleasant Prairie complex with the new W6 warehouse building, a 520,692 sq. ft. facility comparable to the W1 building that began the process in 2008. Uline, a family-owned business, is the leading distributor of shipping boxes, packaging materials and mailing supplies in North America.

 

Centerpoint Properties was the developer, FCL Builders was the general contractor and Roman Electric was the electrical contractor. As with all Uline buildings, the W6 offers state-of-the-art cleanliness and lighting.

 

Roman installed a 2500amp service, 1,222 Cree high bay interior LED light fixtures, a 72 KW generator for emergency power, and 87 building- and pole-mounted LED exterior light fixtures.

 

This is the first time Uline has used total LED lighting. The precast concrete building also features 38 battery chargers for the electric forklift trucks, and 95 dock doors with dock restraints and lights.

 

In addition to lighting control and branch circuit panels, Roman installed power link panels which program breakers to turn on and off as needed. It gives the fire department the ability to control exhaust and supply fans when necessary.

 

The well-lighted Uline plant has 1,222 Cree high bay LED fixtures.It gives Uline the ability to control lighting and fans with one panel. And because the panels have internet capability, Uline technicians can access them remotely to analyze potential problems.

 

John Lass, Vice President, Development of Centerpoint Properties, said Uline leases the space and the building from them. He said Uline invested substantially to upgrade to LED lighting and doorlocks. “Roman did a nice job,” John said. “They’re a good electrical contractor, do quality work, and pay a lot of attention to detail. I know Uline was happy with their product.”

 

John Lenz, FCL Builders Project Manager, said, “Roman did a great job. No issues at all. They do what they need to do and get it done.”

 

Chad Braaksma, Uline Construction Project Manager, said they had a very tight schedule after the utility turned on power to the building. “Roman worked two long weeks then to make sure we finished on time and met our occupancy date. Trucks were rolling in the next morning with product. Roman did very good on the job. They always do a good job for us.”

 

A view of just 26 of the 95 dock doors, each featuring interior dock  restraints and lights.Mike McConnell, Uline Director of Technical Services, said, “This is the first time we’ve installed an all LED project. The LED fixtures should provide Uline with a 48% energy reduction and we get nearly the same amount of light. We are excited about the benefits of the new LED lights and can’t wait to see our energy bills!”

 

Gabe Rose, Roman Vice President – Design and Engineering, managed the job for Roman, Scott Hobus was superintendent, and Tim Walczak was foreman. It was a $2,440,000 project for Roman.

 

 

 

 

Kenall Manufacturing Builds Much Larger, More Efficient Building in Kenosha

 

400 LED high bay fixtures light Kenall’s new 354,000 sq. ft. building, providing high efficiency lighting.Kenall Manufacturing now has a new 354,000 sq. ft. building at 10200 55th St. in Kenosha. The company designs and manufactures high quality, specialty light fixtures for industrial and commercial applications.

 

In a facility more than three times larger than its former plant, Kenall has much more manufacturing equipment and greater integration from department to department. The result is much greater efficiency.

 

Alston Construction was general contractor on the new building. Roman Electric handled all the electrical work. Jason K. Auer was LEED AP Project Director for Alston. Phil Rose, Roman President, served as Project Manager on the job.

 

Because the plant is a manufacturing facility, Roman had to design and layout all the buss ducts, feeders for the manufacturing machinery, and install two 3,000 amp services. To provide full power for manufacturing, it was important to limit power use for lighting and air conditioning.

 

Randy Hernandez, Kenall Executive Vice President, Operations, said, “Our entire new facility, inside and outside, is well lighted with LED fixtures manufactured by Kenall. We also have a clean room for building power supplies and drivers for the fixtures.”

 

Phil Rose said Kenall was able to reduce their lighting energy usage almost 300KW by using LED fixtures. That generated annual energy savings of almost $99,000 per year, a 60% savings over an average building of that size and type.

 

The plant has 400 LED high bay fixtures, all manufactured by Kenall. It would have taken 600 fluorescents to yield the same amount of light. “If they didn’t have a fixture that met the needs for the space, they designed one,” Phil said. “The fixtures are the highest output LED high bays I’ve ever seen.”

 

Because of their use of LEDs and energy efficient HVAC design, Kenall realized a Focus on Energy rebate exceeding six figures. While installation time is the same, it still costs more for LEDs than fluorescents. But with the energy savings and Focus on Energy credits, Kenall realized an energy payback on the building of just over 1½ years.

 

Randy Hernandez was very pleased with the electrical work. “Roman did a very good job,’ he said. “Their people were on site as needed and always worked with us to reduce cost wherever possible. They were flexible in handling any change orders and kept everything close to budget.”

 

Kenall has a beautiful new manufacturing facility in Kenosha with much greater space and efficiency.Phil Rose said the plant is a great example of how quickly LED lighting is taking over the industry, in both manufacturing and installation. “It took us 15 – 20 years to go from the fat T-12 fluorescents to the thin T-8s,” Phil said. “It will probably take us half that time to convert everything to LED.” While Kenall still sells a small amount of HID and fluorescent fixtures, in a short time they modified all their fixture lines so they have LED versions for each.

 

Randy Hernandez also said the industry is changing and LED lighting is taking over. “As recently as five years not much was LED but now the majority of demand in the industry is for LED configurations.”

 

Randy added, “LED is a solid state engineered lighting principle offering many more applications that can be integrated into a light fixture than simple light output. They’re programmable, can be interfaced and linked with each other, offer wireless dimming so controls can be placed anywhere, provide occupancy sensors, can be daylight sensed, and can instantaneously respond to other light fixtures on the same network. LED light fixtures are no longer just a light source, but can also be integrated into a building’s control system.

 

“LED lamps are more efficient, more stable and have a much longer life. Costs have gone down as raw material costs decrease. And as mass purchases increase nationally and globally, costs will continue to decrease.”

 

 

 

 

Amazon Builds Huge New Distribution Center
In Kenosha With Major Assist From Roman

 

Amazon.Com IInc. recently completed a huge new distribution center in Kenosha just east of I-94 about 30 miles south of downtown Milwaukee. The Center is composed of two buildings with over 1,700,000 sq. ft. of space and an assessed value of $170 million.

 

Clayco, general contractor on the Center, completed the 519,000 sq. ft. Sortation Building first. Roman Electric was the electrical contractor on the Sortation job. Phil Rose, Roman President, managed the project.

 

Phil said Roman had a crew of up to 30 electricians working seven day, 60 hour weeks, to keep up with the aggressive schedule. Roman suppliers were on board to rapidly get materials to the job site. Then Roman used its prefabrication capabilities to manufacture systems and assemblies in the shop and quickly ship them to the job for installation.

 

Because there was 6’ of frost in the ground when the job started, Clayco poured the building’s concrete floor before pouring footings and the outside 25’ of floor. That gave Roman the opportunity to start quickly and manage the fast pace.

 

Roman powered the new building with three 3,000 amp services and lighted it with 600 high bay energy-efficient fluorescent fixtures. The 40 ft. high one story building is completely air conditioned with 24 20-ton AC units on the roof. Site lighting is provided by over 100 metal halide fixtures.

 

The vast interior of the building has no racks, just mechanized conveyors leading to 105 hydraulic docks around the perimeter of the building. Products are delivered to the other larger warehouse building where they’re sorted and stored.

 

As orders come in, products are picked from the shelves in the larger building and sent to the sortation building. There they are packaged with other parts of the order and sent to a specific dock where the shipper can pick up orders going to a specific location.

 

When Roman began nearing completion, Amazon began adding other components. Included were power and feeders for the conveyor equipment, pathways for security and telecom systems and a 500 ft. connector bridge between the two buildings.

 

John Biggart, Clayco Project Superintendent, said, “It was a very aggressive schedule. Roman really stepped up to the plate on the sortation building and got it done. It wasn’t an easy task in the amount of time they had. They were professional throughout. All their field guys and their office. They jumped through some big hoops to get the job done on time and get Amazon into their building.

 

“We and Roman worked seven days a week, 12 hours per day. Their quality was wonderful. They’re a very safety conscious company. No problems at all. Just a pleasure to work with them. Phil Rose was the project manager, Scott Hobus was onsite superintendent, foremen were Rod Peasley and Brian Pollack. We’d definitely use them again.”

 

Andrew Christoff, Clayco project manager, had similar feelings. “Roman was outstanding! I couldn’t have asked for a better contractor. They had a humongous task
in front of them, they worked with an aggressive owner,
and we’re an aggressive contractor.

 

“They loaded up the manpower that was necessary and met some really aggressive timelines. They overcame a lot of challenges that were not their fault and took the initiative to come up with solutions on how to get things fixed. They were great. I would use them again in a heartbeat.”

 

 

 

Unique New Racine YMCA Features Expansive Indoor Water Park

 

The $14 million state-of-the-art Sealed Air YMCA in Racine (8501 Campus Dr. in Mount Pleasant) is a family fitness center with an array of impressive amenities. Its enormous, eye-popping indoor aquatic center features two pools, a large water slide, a lazy river and a splash play area for young children.

 

The new Y has a huge gym, basketball courts, a running/walking track, a host of cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights, fitness studios, rooms dedicated to spin classes and yoga, and a large drop-off child watch area.

 

The imposing facility was made possible through a lead gift from Sealed Air, major gifts from CNH, Insinkerator, Educator’s Credit Union, high performance LED lighting from lighting manufacturer Cree, and hundreds of donations from community residents.

 

Mortenson Construction was the general contractor on the job, Weas Group was owner’s representative, and Roman Electric Co, Inc. was the electrical contractor. Roman TechNet installed telephone and data cable networks, CCTV cameras and day care safety systems.

 

Another unique feature is the building’s LEED approved, highly efficient lighting, much of it from LED fixtures. The water park includes lighting from a linear LED fixture modified to provide indirect lighting – the first such use.

 

Basketball courts are lighted with high bay LED fixtures. Site lighting is provided by multi-level LED fixtures adjustable for day and night conditions. The day care entrance is lighted with LED tape that can change colors, strobe, and fade in and out. High efficiency fluorescents light areas without LED lamps.

 

Doug Hill, Mortenson Sr. Superintendent, said, “Roman was a good company to work with. They did a very good job. They had an excellent foreman and a very good journeyman electrician on the job with me.”

 

Sealed Air YMCA CEO Jeff Collen said, “Our new Sealed Air Branch is really nice. It was a good experience working with the contractors. Roman was great. They were really thorough and took the time to make sure everything was right. Plus we could joke around with them. We developed a great relationship.”

 

Challenging Technology

 

Weas Group President Scott Weas said one issue on the project was the extensive use of LED lighting. “Cree Lighting donated the fixtures and were pushing their technological envelope for use on a project like ours,” he said. “That put Roman in the middle of a struggle between new technology, new fixtures, time consuming adaptations and the impact on project timing/development.

 

“Roman used their technical expertise to help us overcome the challenges of fitting new technology to a new application, and helped us with a unique supplier relationship because the supplier was donating the fixtures.

 

“For Roman, Gabe Rose - our Project Manager, and then Phil Rose as company President, stepped in and did a really nice job in a difficult situation.

 

“In the end, our business expectations were met and it was a great installation of new technology. The LED fixtures are operating fine and meeting all the specs Cree said they would. It’s a strong story for Roman and we were happy to have them at our side.”

 

 

 

New Building Constructed Based On Recycling & Sustainability


The new Clock Shadow Building is a unique $7 million commercial structure at 130 W. Bruce St., in the shadow of the Allen Bradley clock, in Historic Walker’s Point. The four-story building has offices on three floors and two unusual retailers on the first floor: A cheese factory and an ice cream producer.


A Fix Development project, the building was designed and constructed based on the Living Building Challenge, a philosophy and certification program that calls on designers, contractors and building owners to create a sustainable future in the fabric of their communities. Fix founder and president Juli Kaufmann is recognized for creating sustainable communities and green projects, and fostering entrepreneurial business strategies.


The building was named a Top Ten Green Project by the American Institute of Architects. It also took top prize in the annual Wisconsin Green Building Alliance Sustainability Energy Efficiency competition.


C.G. Schmidt was the general contractor. Continuum Architects + Planners designed the building. Roman Electric Co., Inc. was the electrical contractor.


The building was constructed of many reclaimed materials from demolished buildings including brick, wood, doors, windows, toilets, sinks, bubblers, hardware. Flooring is mostly polished, stained concrete. Almost all waste material - 99% - was recycled. Roman Electric recycled their own materials, reducing the recycling company’s burden.


The building features a green roof for human activity and food production. Storm water is captured to irrigate rooftop food production. Rainwater and building water discharge are re-circulated to feed internal water demand. A geothermal system provides heating and cooling.


Bryce Unger, C.G. Schmidt project manager, discussing the job’s challenges, said, “Roman’s value engineering was critical. Without Roman the job wouldn’t have moved forward. Getting the electrical component within budget was a real challenge. Roman VP Gabe Rose’s lighting revisions were a major help.


“These jobs are always tough when working within a tight budget perspective yet trying to maximize value. That was one of the things Roman helped the owners do, pick the most affordable and energy saving light fixtures. Roman did a good job.”


Roman’s energy saving lighting design included use of day lighting as much as possible, task lighting, LED lamps and major reliance on energy efficient compact fluorescents. Roman Vice President - Design & Engineering Gabe Rose said the lighting design beat Wisconsin Energy Code guidelines (ASHRAE 90.1-2001) by a margin of 30%.


Tom Pagel was C.G. Schmidt superintendent. Scott Schultz was Roman foreman.

 

 

 

Hilton Milwaukee City Center Opens Three-Story Indoor Water Park


The completed Paradise Landing indoor water park is now open to Milwaukee City Center guests.With a frog lapping water in the foreground, Roman electrician Paul Tutkowski works from a lift truck to install and adjust ceiling light fixtures in the three-story water park.The Marcus Corporation has opened the crowning jewel in the $40 million expansion of its Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the hotel's new Paradise Landing indoor water park.


The three-story, 20,000 sq. ft. Jamaican-theme water park features several slides, two wading pools, hydrotherapy spa with pulsing jets of water, 70 game arcade, snack counter, bar and other amenities. The Hilton hopes the warm and wet fun will boost winter occupancy.


Roman Electric, heavily involved in the Hilton addition and remodeling, installed the power and lighting in the water park. To place and adjust ceiling lighting in the 30 ft. high facility, Roman electricians worked from a lift truck that was carefully maneuvered around pools and slides. The heat and humidity workers endured during summer construction should feel like a tropical oasis to winter visitors.

 

 

St. Ann Center Builds Beautiful Respite Care Addition


St. Ann's new 20,000 sq. ft. Respite Center offers temporary relief for caregivers by providing complete care for their loved ones for up to 20 days.St. Ann Center For Intergenerational Care, 2801 E. Morgan Ave., has added a two-story, 20,000 sq. ft. addition for respite care. With nine well-appointed, private guest rooms, the Respite Center has the pleasing look of a high quality bed and breakfast.


The Respite offers temporary relief to those providing care to loved ones with special needs. Caregivers who get sick, need a vacation or just a break can give their loved ones complete care at the Respite Center for up to 20 days.


A therapeutic whirlpool is one of many new features.Many amenities are included from whirlpool baths to espresso coffee. A fully equipped commercial kitchen provides three hot, healthy meals a day. Complete 24-hour care is afforded by experienced professionals. Medication management and medical supervision is available. Daily housekeeping is provided. And a variety of trips, arts, crafts, games, entertainment, discussions and seasonal activities are offered.


Added services include a variety of rehabilitation care, personal hygiene, massage therapy, aquatic programs, music therapy, hair and nail care, even religious and spiritual ministration.


Bentley Company was the general contractor for the Respite Center. Roman Electric served as electrical contractor on the job.


Sister Edna Lonergan, OSF, president and founder of St. Ann Center in 1983, was pleased with Roman's work. "I wouldn't go with any other electrical contractor," she said. "The lighting is beautiful, absolutely extraordinary. I like the fact that Roman is very artistic. They installed the lighting in the entire facility. It's not just creating lighting, it's creating the right kind of lighting. Like for people with special needs. You want lighting that's not glaring, that's restful. Roman puts all that together for us in a very attractive way."

 

 

Brewery Parking Garage Features Uniquely Efficient Lighting


The new Brewery Parking Garage on 9th & Juneau is an eight level, 908 vehicle facility with a unique lighting system designed and installed by Roman Electric that reduced energy use by 70%. Because the garage was nearly empty when the photo was taken, lamp sensors reduced light output to 50%.The eight level, 908-vehicle, $15.6 million parking garage at N. 9th and W. Juneau in the new Brewery development features an extremely efficient lighting system, unique in Milwaukee.


Located in the old Pabst Brewery complex, the Brewery parking garage is owned by Towne Realty. KM Development served as construction manager. Roman Electric Co. Inc. installed power and lighting and designed the energy-saving system.


Phil Rose, Roman president who managed the project, said the owner was looking for cost savings on the parking garage construction. So one of Roman's first efforts saved around $50,000 by eliminating battery-powered lights in the facility. Instead Roman provided a small natural gas generator for emergency exit lighting, much less costly than using high abuse fixtures in a public parking garage.


Energy saving dual sensor LED lamps reduce light - and energy used - by 50% when no one is within 20 ft. and turn off if enough natural light is available.While the original plans called for metal halide light fixtures, Roman provided specs on the energy-saving options possible with fluorescent, induction or LED fixtures. "With help from Focus On Energy, a study grant from WE Energies and an absolutely fabulous payback, the owner opted to take the savings and invested in upgrading to LED fixtures," Phil Rose said.


The owner also decided to invest in LED parking deck fixtures with dual level occupancy sensors. When no one is within 20 ft. of the fixture, the sensor reduces the light - and the power use - by 50%, very practical in a parking garage where most of the time no one is near. With most lamps, switching them on and off decreases lamp life. With LEDs, each time you dim them to 50% you actually increase the life of both the driver and the lamp.


LED lamps are rated for a 100,000 hour life which the dual level option may double to 200,000 hours meaning only the next generation will have to worry about changing lamps.Much Less Energy Used

The LED lamps are rated for 100,000 hours but the dual level option may double the lamp life to 200,000 hours. Phil said, "We told the owner you won't have to worry about changing lamps. Let your kids worry about it. You're talking generational lamps here."


Roman also installed photo sensors to turn off any lights near natural light sources. Because even stairwells were included, Roman had to design a failsafe relaying scheme to make sure egress and emergency lighting would go on as needed.


Phil said the unoccupied rate for any given area in the parking deck is probably around 70%. "We were able to reduce their energy footprint by more than 70%," he said. "They're using only about 30% of the energy they would have consumed with the original design.


"This is the only application in town I'm aware of that uses LEDs with dual level individual occupancy sensors. It's probably the first time it's been done in the state. WE Energies will meter and track energy use in the Brewery parking garage to determine actual energy usage."


What made this project doable, Phil said, were Focus On Energy and WE Energies contributions and federal tax deductions. So it was a win win win for the owner: Rebates, tax incentives and huge energy savings with costs of just 30 cents on the dollar of the original estimate. Because the lighting is so efficient, the owner got an EPACT tax deduction of 60 cents per sq. ft. - around $136,000.


Jim Theusch, executive VP of KM Development, said, "Roman did an excellent job, like they always do. They do high quality work. They're responsive. They're very helpful whenever you need assistance in an emergency. They're just very good all the way around."

 

 

Eight Story 875 East Building Combines Office Space and Parking


The 875 E. Wisconsin building, with 400,000 sq. ft. of office space and parking, was a challenging construction job because the building site was so small.The eight story 875 E. Wisconsin Building has 200,000 sq ft of office space with a three level, 200,000 sq ft parking structure below. Building owner is Grandview Development Partners, LLC. Managing partner is Irgens Development Partners, LLC.


General contractor was C.G. Schmidt. Roman Electric was the electrical contractor, and assisted with design.


Mark Lillesand, project manager for C. G. Schmidt, was very pleased with Roman's work. "Roman was brought in on the job early so they were an integral partner in the whole process," Mark said. "Phil Rose managed the job for Roman and Tony Foti was their foreman. They both did an excellent job.


"Tony is one of the best electrical foremen there is. He was requested by our superintendent, Tom Pagel, who's worked with Tony before and has a good relationship with him. We were fortunate Tony was available. He offered a lot of foresight, made suggestions for changes or improvements, which was great to have, and he met our schedule.


"The job was an extremely difficult project. Construction took place on a very small site so we had extremely tight working constraints. Roman and the material suppliers had to schedule in detail because there were limited windows for them to bring materials to the building. We didn't have the usual spacious field office and job trailers.


"Roman worked in a very safe manner which was especially important because there was a lot of downtown activity to work around. Roman's work is one reason why things went right and we got the job done on time.


"I was very impressed with Roman's work on this project and look forward to doing the next project with them."

 

 

GMR Marketing Leases New 74,000 Sq. Ft. Office Building


Rapidly growing event marketer GMR Marketing has moved to expansive new offices at 5000 S. Towne Dr. in New Berlin.GMR Marketing, the rapidly growing $44 million event marketing and promotion firm, has leased an impressive new 74,000 sq. ft. office building at 5000 S. Towne Dr. in New Berlin. Luterbach Companies developed, built and owns the two-story building.


Roman Electric installed the building's electrical systems. Included is a 2,000 amp service and a UPS system with a 100 KW generator powered by natural gas so GMR never loses power. The offices all feature indirect fluorescent lighting suspended from the ceiling on aircraft cable.


GMR invested in high quality conference rooms and lobby, and a full- service kitchen. The building was designed for easy expansion of the office and parking lot.


Handling the fast-paced 3 1/2 month project for Roman were account manager Dick Sujecki and project manager Bob Czajka. Job foreman was Russell Griswold. "Roman did a fine job, as they always do," said Bill Luterbach, president of James Luterbach Construction Co.

 

 

Johnson Controls New Brengel Technology Center Features “Green” Design


Johnson Controls Brengel Technology Center is a great example of green design.Johnson Controls Inc. has constructed the Brengel Technology Center downtown at 507 E. Michigan St. next to its controls business headquarters. The $15 million, seven-story, 125,000 sq. ft. Brengel Center is a prime example of "green" design.


Large windows let in abundant light to reduce electricity costs. Indirect fluorescent fixtures bounce light to white ceilings which reflect it down to work spaces. Highly advanced building control technologies give employees desktop control of temperature, lighting, airflow and background noise.


Roman Electric served as electrical contractor on the job. Roman project manager John Perse, a member of the US Green Building Council, says it's important to think green before beginning building. "We're very active in green building design and construction," he said. "Green lighting considerations include high output energy-efficient compact fluorescents, dual level lighting, automatic controls based on ambient light levels, motion sensors, reduced overall foot-candles coupled with task lighting, and use of recycled materials."

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