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.
Hilton Milwaukee City Center Opens Three-Story Indoor 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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 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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