Stuff blown up: The Avenue in Milwaukee

With the growth of Amazon and e-commerce, many shopping malls around the country are being reimagined and redeveloped with new uses. The Avenue in Milwaukee, previously known as Grand Avenue Mall, is no different. The building’s owners have been working to convert it into 190,000 square feet of office space, a public plaza and food hall with a $44 million investment. The project even attracted investment from Milwaukee Brewers MVPs Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. 

Construction projects are not the work of just one company. It takes companies with specialties in many different trades to make everything come together. Here are some of the companies working on The Avenue project:

  • AGM Erecting, Mukwonago | Steel Erections
  • Blair Fire Protections LLC, Butler | Fire Protection
  • Chilstrom Erecting Corp., Milwaukee | Reinforcing Steel
  • Duwe Metal Products, Inc., Menomonee Falls | Metal Fabrication
  • Gordon Solutions LLC, Milwaukee | Labor & Interior Glass Purchase, Glazing
  • Hard Rock Sawing, Elkhorn | Sawing
  • Hernandez Roofing, New Berlin | Roofing
  • Hetzel Tile & Marble Inc., Menomonee Falls | Flooring
  • Hillside Damproofing, Franksville | Damproofing
  • Hiram Power Electric LLC, Butler | Lighting Supplier
  • Hurt Electric, Wauwatosa | Electrical
  • HVA Products Inc., Mequon | HVAC Equipment, Temperature Controls, Insulation
  • Illingworth-Kilgust Mechanical Inc., West Allis | HVAC
  • J. F. Ahern Co., Milwaukee | Plumbing
  • J. P. Cullen Co., Janesville | Gen. Contractor
  • L&A Crystal, Mequon | Terrazzo Flooring
  • Milwaukee Insulation Solutions LLC, Waukesha | Plumbing Insulation
  • Nations Roof North LLC, Waukesha | Roofing
  • Olympic Companies, Pewaukee | Drywall
  • Omni Glass & Paint Inc., Oshkosh | Painting
  • PL Innovations LLC, Milwaukee | Trucking
  • Price & Sons Inc., Milwaukee | Fire Protection Material
  • Rams Contracting Ltd., Lannon | Excavation
  • Riv/Crete ReadyMix LLC, Milwaukee | Concrete
  • Sanchez Painting Contractors, Milwaukee | Painting
  • Sid’s Sealants, Port Washington | Sealing
  • Stark Pavement, Milwaukee | Asphalt
  • Veit & Company Inc., New Berlin | Demolition

It takes people with many different specialties to bring a construction project like The Avenue together. Here are some of the jobs involved in the project along with the average yearly salary for the position in metro Milwaukee, according to O*Net:

  • Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer: Apply plasterboard, acoustical tiles and other materials to ceilings or interior walls of buildings  |  $51,320
  • Bricklayer: Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, or blocks with mortar and other substances, to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures  | $50,370
  • Carpenter: Construct and repair structure from wood, including concrete forms, partitions, joints, studding, rafters, window and door frames and wood stairways  |  $55,770
  • Electrician: Install, maintain and repair electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures in accordance with relevant building codes  |  $72,740
  • Glazier: Install glass in windows, skylights, storefronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops  |  $51,820
  • Ironworker: Raise, place and unite iron and steel girders, columns and other structural members to complete structures and frameworks |  $73,290
  • Laborer: Perform physical labor on construction sites, including operating power tools, digging trenches, setting braces, erecting scaffolding and cleaning up rubble and debris  |  $45,150
  • Painter: Paint structural surfaces using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency  |  $52,090
  • Plumber: Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems  |  $72,420
  • Heavy Equipment Operator:
    Operate equipment, including graders, bulldozers, scrapers, shovels and more to excavate and move earth, erect structures or pour concrete  |  
  • Roofer: Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures  |   $48,920
  • Civil Engineer: Plan, design and oversee construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities, including roads, railroads, bridges, pipelines and water and sewage systems  |   $77,200