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St. Luke’s Knisely & Schroeder Façade Replacement

Aurora St. Luke’s Knisely NICU

Milwaukee Pain Treatment Center

Peeling off, then replacing, the exterior of a still-in-operation 12-story intensive care unit requires the right experience and the right temperament.

This Berghammer project at the Knisely Tower at Aurora St. Luke’s in Milwaukee demonstrated the unmatched level of creativity and expertise we bring to healthcare facility construction. Throughout the two-year façade overhaul, Berghammer successfully managed a series of obstacles:

  • Engaged multiple Aurora St. Luke’s departments in coordinating patient relocation in phases
  • Maintained negative pressure airflow to prevent room-to-room cross-contamination
  • Scrambled to take down mast climbers and crane booms with just 30 minutes notice when Flight For Life approached.

Berghammer’s work increased the building’s lifespan by 40 years. New façade material boosted energy efficiency 30 percent. Berghammer also found a solution for re-routing duct work that saved $700,000 from initial estimates.

When results matter and deadlines are imperative, Berghammer Construction is the only choice for healthcare facility construction in southeastern Wisconsin.


From the first “napkin sketch” to finished project, Berghammer Construction is on your side with a unique, hands on approach to pre-construction. By engaging clients at the right time — the beginning — Berghammer asks critical questions of architects, designers and owners that save time, save money and eliminate surprises.
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It’s disheartening — and expensive — to see your dreams gathering dust in the form of idle blueprints and renderings deemed unrealistic for your budget. Berghammer’s pre-construction estimating process saves you that money and heartache. Berghammer puts the right people and the right expertise on the task of bringing your project to life.
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Working in occupied spaces is a challenge, and Berghammer Construction embraces it with the right expertise and just the right touch.
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Berghammer Construction’s Quality Assurance Program begins long before shovels hit the ground, and leaves a lasting impact well after the ribbon cutting.
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Featured Biography

Tom Schneider, LEED AP, Vice President Construction

As Vice President of Construction, Tom specializes in the management of Berghammer’s Medical Division. He oversees the preparation of project budgets, development of bid packages, selection of subcontractors and management of all work components through project completion. Tom has over 40 years of experience in construction and is considered a specialist in medical facilities. During his career Tom has been involved in the construction of health care facilities in excess of $100 million in volume. With his focus on healthcare, he has the ability to provide a unique perspective and assist in providing solutions to the challenges in constructing patient care and treatment areas. Tom has been involved with new construction, expansions, renovations and tenant improvement projects.

Tom has completed complex medical unit reconstruction including multi-phasing in acute care patient areas such as medical/surgical and neonatal intensive care units. His ambulatory clinic experience extends from primary care and preventive medicine to specialty and alternative medical treatment areas as well as administrative offi ce spaces and parking structures. Overseeing an average of 100 projects annually, Tom has a thorough understanding of the latest medical technology and delivery methods. He works successfully with all levels of both medical and non-medical professionals.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Marquette University.

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