The Milwaukee Job Corps Center is a large project for the U.S. Department of Labor that includes eight different buildings totaling 150,000 square feet on 25 acres. Each building serves a specific purpose, such as education, administration, health services, recreation, dining, and housing.
The Milwaukee campus was the first center to be built from the ground up to facilitate the Job Corps’ campus learning model. The facility incorporates numerous sustainable features including a geothermal heating and cooling system and low-maintenance landscaping. The project was completed in 14 months, which required working throughout the winter. Despite the many weather-related obstacles they faced, the team still delivered the project on time and on budget.
The Job Corps program serves low-income youth between the ages of 16 and 24. It’s mission is to teach students the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. The program offers free two-year training to help students earn their high school diploma or GED or receive vocational training in the healthcare, manufacturing, and construction trades.