In March 2009, Miron Construction began work on the Milwaukee Job Corps Center, a $28.4 million, 150,000-square-foot facility on 25 acres for the US Department of Labor. The Center was designed to provide job-training and educational services to at-risk students over the age of 16, with the goal of providing them with the skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce or pursue higher education.
The eight-building campus was built around creating a living/learning community that engages and motivates students from diverse backgrounds in a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week environment. The facilities accommodate approximately 300 students with learning spaces, dormitories, a cafeteria, and recreation spaces that allow residents to interact with staff and other students both formally and informally.
As with all Miron projects, sustainability played a significant role in the construction of the Job Corps Center. Rain gardens and low-maintenance landscaping made an irrigation system unnecessary, despite the large amount of green space. A geothermal system is used for heating and cooling, resulting in 30-40 percent lower energy bills than traditional heat pumps. Day lighting is emphasized throughout the campus, minimizing the need for electricity, water-saving devices are utilized throughout the facilities, and 90 percent of the waste generated from the construction of the campus was recycled.
In addition, to better integrate in the large campus into the surrounding community, subtle design features were introduced that decreased the noise generated by the Center, and as much attention was spent on the outdoor space as on the indoor spaces.
Construction was completed in 2010, and culminated in an open house on November 16 to welcome residents and prospective students to the Center and give them an opportunity to learn about the campus. “The new Milwaukee site will be a great place for young people to complete their high school education in a campus-like setting, learn a marketable trade, make lifetime friends, and graduate with a good job in hand,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said at the event.
In addition to the invaluable job training and educational opportunities for young people in Milwaukee, the construction of the Milwaukee Job Corps Center also created over 100 faculty and operational jobs.
The Center was recently featured as one of 30 projects honored by the Daily Reporter newspaper as the state’s top construction projects in 2010. To view the complete list of projects, please visit http://dailyreporter.com/top-projects (registration is required to view the individual articles).
To find out more about the Milwaukee Job Corps Center and its mission, please visit www.milwaukeejobcorps.org.
General Contractor: DeArteaga-Miron Joint Venture, LLC
Architect: Continuum Architects + Planners S.C.