Muskego High School’s expanded facility includes a 150,000 sq. ft. addition and remodeling of the existing 300,000 sq. ft. building. The addition includes a large gymnasium, multi-level cafeteria, large auditorium and science rooms. Hunzinger Construction was the general contractor and Roman Electric installed the electrical systems.
Gary Rosploch, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, Muskego Norway School District, was very happy with Roman’s work. “Roman redid the entire electrical infrastructure, including replacing distribution,” he said. “They put in two new transformers with a larger service. We’ve got all new electrical panels, each properly identified and labeled, so we know where to go now if we have an electrical need. That’s a big plus for building operations.
“Roman did very well. It was wonderful working with Roman foreman Tom Hall and later project manager Tony Tiedemann. Roman not only did good work, they also cleaned up after finishing their jobs, and even did a lot of work off hours for us. They had second shift crews working, especially when we were in mid-construction during the Winter.
“Roman crews installed power, lighting and fire alarm system lines on a room-by-room basis to reduce disturbances to school activities. They’d complete one room each night and then move on to the next.
“Roman did a very nice job on our project.”
“Fantastic Job” “Excellent Job”
With the creative investment of $68 million, the moribund Kenilworth Building has been transformed into UWM housing and art studios, revitalizing the area. The huge structure, one of the largest buildings on the east side, covers an entire city block from Prospect Ave. to Farwell Ave. at Kenilworth Place.
Weas Development Co. developed the complex project for the UW system and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee. RACM is the owner from whom UWM leases the buildings. KBS Construction was the general contractor. Roman Electric was the design/build electrical and voice/data/security cabling contractor.
Scott Weas, one of the developer’s partners, said, “The job was unusual in many ways, both in the public/private development structure for the UW System, and the architectural solution implemented. We cut a huge monolithic building in half to construct two attractive buildings. And we did it all in a short time frame to make the housing available for UWM’s fall semester. Our team certainly exceeded all of our expectations.”
Weas was pleased with Roman’s work. “Roman Electric did a fantastic job,” he said. “We put a lot of trust into a contractor under a design/build model. We get married early and if they can’t deliver we’re kind of stuck. Roman performed from beginning design, early budgeting and preconstruction services through managing and designing the overall project.
“Too often what we hear from our partners is, ‘we’ve got a problem, how are you going to solve it?’ Roman would say ‘here’s the problem, here are your available solutions, help us choose the best option.’ They did very well at meeting overall performance specs and quality standards.” Roman project managers were Bob Czajka and Greg Blaney.
KBS Construction project manager Dave Rhoda said the project was a difficult job requiring structural demolition to separate the existing building into two, then design and construct each to fit its respective function.
“Roman did an excellent job,” he said. “The buildings were designed with unique exposed features including conduit, bus duct and cable trays. Roman did a great job working with the architect to make all the exposed fixtures and infrastructure fit esthetically. I can’t say enough about the work of president Phil Rose and foremen Kevin Schlax and Dave Broz.”
“So Impressed with Their Responsiveness” “Outstanding Job” “Awesome”
Roman Electric installed the electrical systems for two new schools where timely construction was critical. One was renovating an old warehouse for Corinthian College. The other was converting another old building into an unusual high school for Seeds of Health.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest for-profit post-secondary education companies in North America with three different schools, opened a Milwaukee campus for Everest College.
Greg Golick, Senior Director of Construction Management for Corinthian Colleges, Inc. said he wasn't much involved with Roman Electric because Corinthian hired a construction manager, Jones Lang LaSalle, which hired general contractor VJS Construction Services, which in turn hired Roman Electric.
But Greg became aware of them later. "At crunch time at the end of the job," he said, "we had a crisis. We couldn't get our occupancy permit because the city inspector added new electrical requirements at the last hour. Within 24 hours Roman had procured and installed several new exit signs and additional lighting even though they were not responsible for it. I was so impressed with their responsiveness in coming to our aid at my request that I look forward to working with them again as soon as possible."
Scott Henricks, project manager for VJS, said, “Roman did an outstanding job. We had to work through an array of changes and had a lot of different hoops to jump through. For a job that ran like a fire drill, there was little of the yelling that sometimes happens on rush jobs. Roman did a bang up job.”
Mark Sullivan, Everest president, said, “Roman was awesome. They took the time to walk me through the entire electrical system, show me how it worked and explain all the bells and whistles. It was above and beyond what I expected of them.”
“Really Great Job” “Very Pleased”
MC2, a public charter high school at 131 South 1st St., is the first blended virtual school for 7th through 12th grade students in Milwaukee. The school is operated by Seeds of Health, Inc., dedicated to serving the educational needs of urban children in Milwaukee.
Tiffany May, project manager for Berghammer, general contractor for the high school conversion, said, “We started in early July and turned it over the end of August. We basically had six weeks to convert a 12,000 sq ft former retail store into a school. Roman did great. They performed the job on a design/build basis.
“Roman provided appropriate manpower to meet the demanding schedule. Phil Rose understood the job from the start, and designed it accordingly. Roman played a major role in the project team because, as a virtual school, significant electrical work was required to install 100 computer stations into the space.”
Marcia Spector, Seeds of Health executive director, said, “After a lot of evaluation, we decided to buy an old third ward building and rehab it for a new school. Much electrical work was required to rebuild the old building into MC2. Roman did a great job installing the new technology needed for the school. We’re very pleased with Roman’s work.“
“Very Helpful…Nice Job”
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center’s (SANC) very unique, very “Green” new Education and Visitor’s Building may reach Platinum level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
SANC wanted a “sustainable” building with limited reliance on energy and technology, and constructed using recycled and recyclable materials. The recently completed $5.5 million building features an array of unique construction concepts ranging from geothermal heat pumps for heating and cooling, to site-harvested lumber for timber framing, to photovoltaic generation of electricity. Roman Electric was the electrical contractor for the 35,000 sq. ft. building.
Sustainable construction features include a fully automated HVAC system, R-35 insulation in the walls and R-60 in the ceilings, natural and heat-recovery ventilation, building materials with low levels of volatile organics, and building design elements like thicker wall mass, functional overhangs and roof pitches, and site grading to help reduce energy demands.
Roman Electric installed a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system which uses semiconductor technology to convert sunlight directly into electricity. The system is simple, quiet, requires no moving parts, lies flat on the roof, and has solid state inverters which convert the direct current produced into alternating current used by the building.
Roman installed an 800 amp service and a state-of-the-art lighting system to work in concert with the natural lighting. Features like time-of-day controls, ambient light sensors, and occupancy sensors limit and override hands-on control of lighting.
Joel Krueger, project architect and manager for building designer Kubala Washatko Architects, said, “Because so much documentation is needed, we probably won’t know until six months after completion whether the building qualified for Platinum level LEEDs Certification.” Joel added, “Roman was very helpful in researching, understanding and installing the photovoltaic system. There’s a lot of electrical wiring hidden under the roof ridge cap and running into the meter that delivers power to the building. Roman did a nice job.”
General contractor on the job was The Jansen Group with project manager Monique Charlier. John Perse was Roman project manager and John Johnson was foreman.
“Fine Job…Very Efficient”
After 99 years, Saint Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church, 2530 S. Howell Ave., has a new lighted clock on its bell tower. The clock face had been there since 1908 and the church finally had the clock mechanism put in late last year. They hired Roman Electric to install electricity and lighting for night-time viewing.
“Roman sure did a fine job,” said Fr. Jan Kieliszewski, pastor. “They explained how they would light the clock and then very efficiently did it.” Roman project manager was Barry Dickenson. Electricians Mike Blankenmeyer and Rick Woznicki installed the power and lighting system.
“Real Good Job”
The new Milwaukee County Sheriffs Training Academy will provide advanced law enforcement instruction in new techniques, weapons use, self-defense, dealing with suspects in real-life environments, handling inmates, etc.
Sheriffs Captain Mark Stieber said the 46,500 sq. ft. building at 9001 S. 68th St. in Franklin was built for $7.2 million, considerably under budget, and much faster than expected.
Roman Electric's $500,000 contract included installing a 2000 amp service, electrical systems, lighting, communications networks, fire alarm systems, and assisting in design. Roman TechNet installed communications and data cable.
C.D. Smith Construction of Fond Du Lac was general contractor for the building. Project manager Greg Sabel said, "Roman did a real good job. They're easy to work with and very good at followup."
For Roman, Dick Sujecki was account manager and Bob Czajka project manager. Foremen were Mike Wileman and Brian Schauer.
“Roman’s Crews Did An Excellent Job”
Washington County has built a new 135 acre $14,000,000 Fair Park in West Bend after outgrowing its old one in Slinger. Designed for year-round use, the new facility includes a pavilion, several agricultural barns, a tractor-pull area and a grass amphitheater for outdoor shows.
Roman Electric installed power and lighting, and communications cable for the sound systems. Their work included a 600 amp and two 200 amp services, 27,000 feet of 2” and 4” electrical conduit, and seven power distribution transformers. Roman also placed 88 light poles throughout the grounds containing 102 light fixtures with 150 watt high pressure sodium lamps.
County engineer Bruce Zellner said, “I’m glad Roman foreman Toni Foti was on the job. He was very cooperative and a great help when the job became a coordination nightmare toward the end as the various contractors were rushing to finish the job in time for the opening. Roman’s crew did an excellent Job.”
Allan Czarnecki was the project electrical engineer and project architect was Kevin Buschey of BHS Architects.
“Excellent Job” “Always Perform Well”
The city of Milwaukee’s Departments of Public Works and Water Works have impressive new 230,000 sq. ft. field headquarters on a 24 acre site at 3850 N. 35th St. The comprehensive new facility was built to replace several older plants. It houses offices, and maintenance workshops for carpenters, electricians, fitters, and sewer and water technicians. The huge garage includes parking for 170 cars and trucks, truck wash and fueling equipment, and electrical receptacles for 102 truck engine block heaters.
Briohn Builders Corp. was design/build general contractor for the project. Roman Electric had a $1.3 million design/build contract for the electrical work.
Briohn vice president Michael Byrne said the job was a large project to be completed in just nine months and Roman helped set the rapid pace. “Roman did an excellent job,” Byrne said. “Their project foreman Tom Hall was especially great to work with. Roman CEO Gerv Rose served as senior project manager. I’ve worked with Gerv for many years and he’s also exceptional to work with.”
City of Milwaukee architect Michael Kraus was the project manager for the city. “We’re very pleased with Roman’s work,” he said. “We’ve worked with them on a number of projects and they always perform well. Gerv Rose was an excellent person to work with on this job.”
Roman TechNet installed cable systems for telephone, data and paging. Jerry Trinkl was project manager.
“We’re Ecstatic…Exemplary Job”
An improved backup power system to secure Milwaukee County’s radio communications network has been installed by Roman Electric. The trunked radio system, shared by the Sheriff’s Department and other municipalities, contains several radio sites spread out around Milwaukee County. The standby power system upgrade included adding several generators and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units with federal funding from Homeland Security.
Roman’s $600,000 contract included installing and setting up the new standby power systems. Roman also has a contract to inspect and maintain all the electrical equipment.
Steve Dragos, Milwaukee County managing engineer, said they had only a four month window to install the equipment and get it up and running. “We’re ecstatic here that we got it all completed in the short time frame we had,” he said. “Most people were doubtful that we could pull it off but Roman account manager Dick Sujecki did an exemplary job. He was extremely responsive and really took care of us. Roman project manager Bob Cjaika and foreman Russ Griswold were also very helpful.”
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