The Art Institute of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

Hunzinger Construction Company

The Art Institute of Wisconsin’s downtown Milwaukee project included the complete gut and remodeling of the entire 2nd and 3rd floors and partial 1st floor of an existing Third Ward building. Stand-alone high efficiency HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems were designed to accumulate the needs to the new tenant in addition of future tenant build-out spaces including two large kitchen spaces. The existing floor conditions required extensions, wood and concrete demolition, and concrete in-fills and self-leveling product to allow for a continuos floor elevation to be achieved. Old exterior windows and louvers were removed and replaced or in-filled with masonry. A mechanical mezzanine was erected at the 3rd floor over a new structural concrete slab to house HVAC condensing units. The new structural concrete slab replaced a deteriorating slab making way for a future loading dock. Modern architectural finishes adorn the new space throughout. Hunzinger also served as the General Contractor for The Art Institute of Wisconsin on the 5,100 square foot culinary build-out located in the schools downtown campus. The build-out includes, two full kitchens with state-of-the-art equipment, culinary storage room, and a serving station. A mechanical room that will house two AHU's and two pollution control units will also be included in the build-out. Hunzinger completed all work while the building was occupied with students and other local companies on adjacent floors.