April 29, 2013Business Journal 2013 Real Estate Award
Berghammer is pleased to have been part of the teams responsible for two projects that were recipients of the 2013 Real Estate Award from The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee. The award honors real estate projects that make an impact in the Milwaukee area.
The two projects in which Berghammer acted as General Contractor were Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley Branch and the new corporate headquarters for Gauthier Biomedical in Grafton.
April 18, 2013Ron Issleb Joins The Berghammer Team
Berghammer is excited to welcome Ron Issleb to our Project Management team as Senior Project Manager. Ron comes to us with 30 years of construction experience solidly based in wood construction, specifically senior housing. Ron also has experience in retail, office build-outs and historical renovations. Ron lives in Sheboygan with Gale, his wife of 28 years, has five grown children, and four grandchildren. He loves antiques and keeps himself busy in his spare time working on furniture restoration.
February 18, 2013Jeff Garretson Joins Berghammer as V.P. Business Development
Berghammer Construction has hired Jeff Garretson as Vice President of Business Development. Jeff brings a background in business development and commercial construction to his new position. He most recently was with Grunau Company, a mechanical contractor, where he focused on new business development and service accounts.
Jeff brings high energy, industry understanding and a unique perspective to the position because of his prior experiences working at the subcontracting level of our industry. He also brings familiarity with contemporary methods of reaching out and connecting with clients, prospects and partners. “The executive management team at Berghammer is excited to welcome Jeff to Berghammer. We are looking forward to the skills he brings to his new role, and to his fit with our collaborative culture”, commented Leif Nesheim, President.
Jeff on LinkedIn
February 7, 2013Educational Program: Maximizing Success On Bid Day
Berghammer Director of Estimating, Chris Rozof, CPE, would like us to help spread the word on a "Bid Day Simulation" he is participating in that others may be interested attending.
"Whether you are an Architect, Subcontractor, Supplier or General Contractor your success on a project starts with a successful Bid Day. Come join us for a Bid Day Simulation where you will learn what it takes to assemble a bid by participating on a “General Contractor’s” team."
From this experience you will:
• Learn how to win more bids
• Insure your clients are getting the best bids
• Understand how to minimize risk for all parties.
Presented by: American Society of Professional Estimators
Invitees: SCW, CSI and AIA Milwaukee
When: Tuesday , February 19, 2013
5:30 - Networking/Pizza
6:00—7:30 Bid Simulation
Location: Eppstein Uhen Architects
333 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee Wisconsin
RSVP & QUESTIONS:
Chris Rozof, CPE
February 2, 2013Dan Zess Named Field Superintendent for Berghammer Construction Company
Berghammer Construction Company, a leading Southeast Wisconsin general contractor, announces that Dan Zess has been named Field Superintendent for the company.
Dan joins the company with 10 years of experience in construction including previous roles as superintendent. He has a degree in Civil Engineering with an option in Construction Engineering Management. “Dan will be an excellent addition to our team in this position,” said Tim Just, Operations Manager of Berghammer. “His past experience and knowledge make him a perfect fit for this role. Currently, Dan has been assigned to one of our larger and more complex jobs.
Dan lives in East Troy with his wife and three children. In addition to his role here at Berghammer he is also a volunteer fireman. We are very pleased to have him on board.
January 21, 2013Let us build a house . . .
It would appear the trend is continuing; groundbreakings always occur on sunny days with bright blue skies. So it was with the groundbreaking for the Siena on the Lake project. That seemed particularly appropriate for a project like Siena, which will serve the community and enrich the lives of the Dominican sisters, as well as area seniors for generations to come. Those kinds of projects have special importance for Berghammer.
The groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1, a $40 million multi-phased project, began with a touching service in the Siena Center Chapel where representatives from Racine Dominican and Lincoln Lutheran shared the history of Siena on the Lake and reviewed their Common Guiding Principles. Representatives of both organizations and members of the surrounding community filled the chapel.
The music chosen for the Chapel Service was heartwarming. The Hymn “All Are Welcome” was especially appropriate since each verse begins with the phrase, “Let us build a house . . .”
Following the Chapel Service, John Dickert- Mayor of Racine, and Ron Coutts-President of the Village of Caledonia, offered their best wishes for the Siena on the Lake project. After the ceremonial turn of the shovel, Bishop Jeff Barrow led the group in the Lord’s Prayer. Refreshments in the Siena Center followed.
December 10, 2012Berghammer Welcomes New Member to its Senior Living Team
Berghammer welcomes Dale Streitenberger, AIA to its Senior Living Team. Dale has over 30 years of experience designing creative and functional senior living, housing and mixed use projects. Dale will provide unique insight and perspective to the design development and budgeting process, helping the entire team to identify practical and cost effective solutions that achieve the client’s needs. “Dale’s background as an architect over the past 30 years brings a new level of knowledge to our team that will allow us to more effectively balance the design details and the project budget without sacrificing functionality,” said George Minnich, Senior Vice President of Berghammer. With Dale’s involvement, preconstruction efforts will produce project budgets that consider the latest market trends, meet client expectations, and are competitive in the marketplace.
December 6, 2012Berghammer Employees Celebrate Christmas with Residents of Highland Gardens
All people share the same hopes, dreams and joys, and a group of Berghammer employees and their families were reminded of that when they joined residents of the Highland Gardens public housing project to share a Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 1st.
Berghammer families made cookies, brought small personal items purchased for inclusion in gift packages for residents, and joined together for a time of singing, sharing Christmas memories and producing artwork for the 2012 Berghammer Christmas card. It’s hard to say who was more blessed by the experience: The residents or the Berghammer families, but everyone went away smiling!
November 28, 2012New Face at Berghammer
Berghammer is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Rosene to its Executive Management Team. Chris will serve as Berghammer’s Chief Financial Officer. Rosene is a CPA with a BA in Accounting from UWM, and brings over 20 years of financial and accounting management experience to Berghammer. “Chris will bring fresh perspective to how we effectively manage all elements of risk in our business. We are excited to have Chris on our team,” said Leif Nesheim, President of Berghammer. Chris will assume primary responsibility and oversight of the Corporation’s banking, accounting, bonding, insurance, and legal relationships. Internally, Chris will oversee the preparation of financial statements, budgets, corporate tax returns and cash flow.
October 26, 2012Berghammer Hosts Workshop: Strategic Positioning in a Reformed Healthcare System
On September 11th, Berghammer sponsored an interactive half-day planning workshop and forum for invited Senior Living and Healthcare providers on the topic of Strategic Positioning in a Reformed Healthcare System. Approximately 50 attendees participated in four sessions facilitated by executives from Aurora, ProHealth, Watertown Regional Medical Center, Marquardt Village, Linden Grove and Woodside Senior Community. Industry thought-leaders from Wipfli, Pathway Health Services, Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Sharing Network (WISHIN), Ziegler and DeWitt Ross & Stevens added their expertise to the sessions. The goal was for invited providers to leave the event with actionable plans for dealing with the many components of this complex issue.
A bonus afternoon session was devoted to a discussion of the new, innovative CCRC project being launched in Racine as a partnership between The Catholic Racine Dominican Community of Sisters and Lincoln Lutheran Senior Living.
Steve Brenton, CEO of Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) presented the keynote address for the event by framing the discussion and providing a context for the breakout sessions.
Notes from the presentations are available by contacting Michael Wallace, Vice President of Business Development.
October 9, 2012Siena On The Lake Construction Begins
Siena On The Lake is a multi-year, multi-phased continuing care senior community originating from an innovative ecumenical partnership between the Racine Dominicans and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine. On the shore overlooking Lake Michigan, the project will consist of multiple facilities including Independent Living, Retreat Center, CBRF, SNF and Memory Care buildings. Phase 1 consists of 70 retreat center rooms with conference and retreat space. In addition to this, there are 64 new residences for the Sisters along with 4 guest rooms. Phase 2 consists of 32 skilled nursing rooms, 16 skilled rehabilitation rooms, physical and occupational therapy space along with a wellness clinic. There will also be 36 memory care rooms along with 11 CBRF apartments. Phase 3 includes 85 apartments along with new dining areas, library, social spaces, and indoor pool. The existing chapel and auditorium will be renovated to blend with the new buildings and design. Lincoln Lutheran of Racine and Racine Dominican Sisters will have their corporate offices on site.
May 8, 2012Andy Greco Named a Field Superintendent at Berghammer Construction Corporation
BUTLER, Wis. – Berghammer Construction Corporation today announced that Andy Greco has been named a field superintendent for the company. Andy joins the company with eleven years of experience in construction and previous roles as a superintendent. “Andy will be an excellent addition to our team in this position,” said Leif Nesheim, President of Berghammer. “His experience, knowledge and bachelor of science degree in Construction Administration makes him a perfect fit for this new role, and we are excited to have him on board.” Andy received the 2007-2008 JP Cullen Safe Superintendent of the Year award and is LEED-AP certified. He is also a certified welder and OSHA 30 certified. Andy is currently a resident of Cottage Grove, married and has two children.
March 7, 2012BERGHAMMER FINISHING BRADLEY CORP.’S NEW GERMANTOWN FACILITY
Bradley Corporation’s new manufacturing facility is nearing completion. Berghammer Construction, in conjunction with Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Harwood Engineering and McClure Engineering Associates, began working on the project in April of 2011. The new Germantown facility will relocate Bradley’s washroom accessories division from its current location in Milwaukee.
The new plant is approximately 190,000 square feet that includes 10,000 square feet of office space and 180,000 square feet housing the firm’s manufacturing, distribution and warehouse operations. Bradley chose unique elements in the design of the building like floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide their employees with a picturesque view of the wooded surroundings and an unusual amount of sunlight, not something typically seen in most manufacturing facilities.
“It was important to Bradley to provide its employees with a space that feels positive and promotes well-being. The employees’ view from the two story windows is impressive,” said John Pszonak, Senior Project Manager.
March 7, 2012BERGHAMMER BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW MILWAUKEE CHARTER SCHOOL
A new Milwaukee charter school, North Point Lighthouse Charter School on 42nd Street and Douglas Avenue, broke ground at the beginning of January. Berghammer Construction is working with developer Canyon-Agassi, Charter School Facilities Fund and Plunkett Raysich Architects to convert an industrial manufacturing facility into the school’s new building. Lighthouse Academies, Inc. has 15 locations nationwide and this is their first school in Milwaukee. The new school will house kindergarten through 4th grade, with future plans to expand to the high school level. In addition to completely remodeling the existing manufacturing facility, Berghammer will add a mezzanine to create a second floor. This addition will add 16,500 square feet to the existing 44,100 square feet of first floor. The building is scheduled to be completed in July 2012, ready to welcome students in August.
November 21, 2011BERGHAMMER CONSTRUCTION NAMES TIM JUST OPERATIONS MANAGER
Berghammer Construction Corporation, a leading Southeast Wisconsin general contractor, named Tim Just to the newly-created position of Operations Manager.
With nearly 40 years of construction industry experience, Just will be providing oversight of Project Management and Preconstr...uction activities at Berghammer.
“In an increasingly competitive market, we have to be the best at being stewards of our client’s resources—both for our client’s success and our own. Tim’s comprehensive understanding of preconstruction and construction services, with his respected status in the construction community, will greatly benefit Berghammer Construction,” noted Leif Nesheim, President.
Before joining Berghammer Construction, Tim served 19 years at CG Schmidt Construction, where he headed the Field Operations and Equipment Departments. He has served on many professional and philanthropic boards including the AGC Board of Directors, the ACEA Board, numerous Union Contract Negotiating Committees, and the Racine Zoo Board. Tim has been recognized by the AGC for his service with their S.I.R. Award for Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility.
July 5, 2011BERGHAMMER’S GEORGE MINNICH RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AGC SIR AWARD
George Minnich, Senior Vice President and Partner with Berghammer Construction Corporation, was honored last month at the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee’s (AGC) Past President’s & Awards Night by being presented with the AGC Skill, Integrity, Responsibility (SIR) Award. Minnich was chosen to receive the award because of his ongoing commitment and dedication to the continued success and advancement of AGC and the construction industry.
“George is a true master builder. This award exemplifies what George’s principles are based upon,” said Leif Nesheim, President of Berghammer Construction Corporation.
As the leader of Berghammer’s project management and field operations, Minnich oversees project administration, field coordination, quality control, scheduling and cost control. He’s been in the construction industry for 27 years and prior to joining Berghammer 8 years ago, Minnich held leadership positions with national and regional construction firms.
Minnich is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Penn State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is past president of the St. Francis Foundation Board, Future Milwaukee Class of 2003, past member of American Concrete Institute and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee – Ironworker Local 8 and is also a past president of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee.
Located in Butler, Wisconsin, Berghammer Construction Corporation provides construction management expertise and builds diversified projects throughout Southeastern Wisconsin ranging from industrial and office to educational and healthcare facilities.