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Selected by industry professionals appointed by The Daily Reporter, a news source for commercial construction projects in Wisconsin, Caleffi North America’s office renovation project was recently awarded Top Projects of 2020. The projects were recognized during the 22nd annual competition at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
Late in 2018, Caleffi realized a facility expansion including an overhaul of a vacant mezzanine space was necessary to accommodate its rapid growth. The project began in August 2019 and completed in February 2020. Bence Build Architects was chosen as the general contractor and were also responsible for submitting the project for award consideration.
At the heart of the expansion was the incorporation of “collaborative zones” to accommodate unique work environments that can be transformed into large spaces for 50-person training and workshop events. High-tech audio and visual equipment was installed. A welcoming lunchroom with patio overlooks American Family Field, the home of Caleffi’s next door neighbor — the Milwaukee Brewers.
Explained Mike Schreiner, director of operations, “We invested a considerable amount of time in the project in order to create appealing work spaces for our staff as well as have the ability to easily transform a space into a training venue. Caleffi’s commitment to continued education is no surprise to our industry. We have already had industry and education partners inquiring about utilizing our training space. Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) recently utilized the space for a community learning experience.”