Stuff blown up: Verona Area High School

With a footprint of approximately seven acres, Verona Area High School is one of the largest in the state. It includes academic spaces for 2,200 students with core spaces (library, cafeteria/commons and athletic areas) that can accommodate more students in the future. The school also includes a field house, an aquatic center with two pools, a performing arts center, a greenhouse, and specialty classrooms and labs. The $149 million state-of-the art facility was completed in 2020. It sits on a 161-acre campus that includes a geothermal field, seven athletic fields, a cross-country running course in a 50-acre forest and the Military Ridge State Trail.


It takes people with many different specialties to bring a construction project like the Verona Area High School to completion. Here are some of the jobs involved in the project along with a brief description and average yearly salary for the position in Wisconsin according to O*Net:

  • Carpenters: Construct, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. | $50,890
  • Cement masons and concrete finishers: Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms; patch voids; use saws to cut expansion joints. | $52,000
  • Construction painters: Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges and other 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.  $45,910
  • Drywall and ceiling tile installers: Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. | $42,690
  • Electricians: Install, maintain and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service streetlights, intercom systems or electrical control systems. | $64,220
  • Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers: Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces and heating stoves. | $53,190
  • Landscapers: Landscape or maintain grounds of property. Tasks may include sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units. | $33,060
  • Operators: Operate power construction equipment such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. | $64,730
  • Roofers: Cover roofs 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. | $46,000
  • Sheet metal workers: Fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes and furnace casings. Work may involve soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling and smoothing seams and joints. | $59,470
  • Structural iron and steel workers: Raise, place and unite iron or steel girders, columns and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May assemble prefabricated metal buildings. | $68,640 


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 that worked on Verona Area High School.

  • Construction manager: J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. |  Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau
  • Badger Swimpools, Prairie du Sac | Pool installation
  • The Bruce Company, Middleton | Landscaping
  • Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), Madison and Milwaukee | Architects
  • Hooper/General Heating and Air Conditioning, DeForest | HVAC
  • Hooper Corp., DeForest | Fire protection
  • Hughes Flooring, Verona | Floor coverings
  • IMEG Corp., Madison | Mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineer
  • J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau | Concrete, steel, carpentry and drywall
  • Lake City Glass, Madison | Windows
  • Mashuda Contractors, Princeton | Earth moving and site preparation
  • Monona Plumbing and Fire Protection, Madison | Plumbing
  • Northern Metal & Roofing, West Bend | Roofing solutions
  • Omni Glass and Paint, Oshkosh, Neenah, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau | Metal panels
  • Payne & Dolan, Waukesha | Asphalt
  • PCI Austad, Madison | Acoustical ceiling services
  • Pierce Engineers, Inc., Madison and Milwaukee | Structural engineering
  • Wall Tech, DeForest | Painting
  • Westphal & Company, Madison, Milwaukee, Janesville | Electrical