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Wisconsin Center groundbreaking extended to early 2021

Posted at 7:40 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 20:40:26-04

MILWAUKEE — It appears the ground breaking for the new Wisconsin Center will be delayed about three months to early 2021, according the Milwaukee Business Journal.

More specifically, the timetable to award architectural and construction contracts for the nearly $300 million expansion of the downtown convention center has been delayed. In turn, that delays the entire process CEO of the Wisconsin Center District Marty Brooks said in a board committee meeting, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

The state is not funding any of the construction; rather, the Wisconsin Center will issue bonds to pay for the project.

Here is the new proposed timeline, according to the Business Journal.

• September: Hire a project pre-planning consulting firm.

• January or February 2020: Issue requests for proposals for architectural and construction management services.

• March 2020: Select the architect and construction manager.

• Late 2020 or early 2021: Groundbreaking

Early 2023: Gala ceremony for opening the facility.

The new convention center will be built near West Wells Street and West Kilbourn Avenue. It would nearly double the size of the current space.

There still needs to be a lot of pre-planning in terms of making a budget, requests-for-proposals, and creating a master schedule among other things.