Looking Back: 1987 – Transformation

We’re approaching the end of our 90th year celebration and this “Did You Know?” Berghammer history series. The biggest transition in Berghammer Construction’s history came at the close of 1987, when Ed Berghammer, Jr., owner and son of the company’s founder, retired and sold the reputable Berghammer Construction trade name to Leif Nesheim and Don Nord, who were looking to start their own business.

Breeze Terrace Apartments Underway

Breeze Terrace Apartments Underway in Pleasant Prairie

The Breeze Terrace Apartments project will consist of a gated community of 213 apartments as three 33-unit apartment buildings, and six 19-unit apartment buildings with a club house and associated parking. The 33-unit buildings will be an even mix of one and two bedroom units with common entrances and hallways within the three-story buildings. In the 19-unit buildings, the majority of the apartments will be one-bedroom, with individual entrances within the two-story buildings.

Client: Interstate Partners II–WI LLC.

“Be The Spark” 7th Grade Student Tour

Berghammer “Be The Spark” 7th Grade Student Tour

MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) partners with Milwaukee Public Schools to host 50 behind-the-scenes business tours for more than 1,000 seventh graders throughout the year — exposing them to potential local jobs and careers.

Berghammer Construction, in conjunction with Aurora Health Care, Neumann Company, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Venture Electric and JF Ahern, provided a 90-minute on-site experience at our under-construction Aurora Six Points Clinic for 32 students from Rogers Street Academy.

Congratulations to Glenn Rieder Inc. – Milwaukee Future 50

Berghammer congratulates client, Glenn Rieder Inc., on making the Milwaukee Future 50. The Future 50 program was created by MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives to recognize top local firms that are growing in revenue and employment. Earlier this year, Berghammer completed Glenn Rieder’s new 120,000 SF manufacturing and office facility in West Allis.

Tower Crane Dismantling

We’re done with the tower crane at our Synergy mixed-use residential project at Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa. How do they dismantle the crane? With another crane. Three of our time-lapse cameras captured the event.

Aurora Six Points Nearing Completion

Nearing completion: Aurora Health Center – Six Points, West Allis. The new, 30,000-square-foot clinic, located at the corner of West Greenfield Avenue and Six Points Crossing, will offer primary and specialty care, urgent care, as well as pharmacy, laboratory, and medical imaging space.

2018 Fall LeadingAge Wisconsin

Berghammer Construction is a proud sponsor/exhibitor for the LeadingAge Wisconsin 38th Annual Exhibitors Forum, held Thursday, October 4, 2018, in conjunction with the LeadingAge Wisconsin 2018 Fall Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Visit Berghammer’s Booth #407 to meet Kim DeWitt and Joe Schmit. While you’re there, enter our drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Echo Spot.

WHEA Annual Conference


Berghammer Construction is a proud sponsor/exhibitor for the 53rd annual Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA) Annual Conference. Be sure to stop by Berghammer Booth #114 to chat with Martin Chapa, Principal and V.P. Healtcvhare Construction —  and Joe Rauch Project Manager. The 2018 conference runs from Tuesday, Sept. 18 through Friday, Sept. 21 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis. The Technical Exhibit is Wednesday, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Berghammer’s Mark on the Marquette University Campus


In our 90th year, Berghammer is reflecting on the early-era projects that were the reputation foundation for today. Did you know Berghammer played a vital role in the 1950s/60s in shaping Marquette University’s campus? Construction included the Biology building (in this photo), wing additions to the Gym, Facility Plant, Library and Administration buildings?

1957 – One of the First Concrete Complex-Curve Roofs in America

Berghammer was futuristic before the Calatrava! Designed by architect William P. Wenzler and construction completed by Berghammer in 1957, the building on Watertown Plank Road in Elm Grove included one of the first hyperbolic paraboloid roofs in the United States. The roof was made of poured concrete and extended 45 feet beyond the altar. It is said that workmen on the building site were afraid the under-construction roof would collapse, since its flexible shape meant it moved whenever someone walked on it. Once finished, the building was well-received by the national architecture press and religious leaders of the time.