April 15, 2016
Summer Work in Platteville
As it has many years in our history, school work will again define the summer months for Kraemer Brothers as we tackle renovations while students are on break. In the Platteville School District there will be four schools under renovation, including Westview Elementary where we began the expansion last fall with simultaneous additions for classrooms and a gymnasium. The upcoming summer renovations will complete the tie-in to the existing school. The three other Platteville schools to be renovated with school out include the high school, middle school and the Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center. The summer projects start in June and will be finished by the end of August, completing the overall project in time for the 2016-17 school year, just as the school district had planned when selecting Kraemer Brothers.
March 1, 2016
Grand Opening in Cincy
Our newest hotel project for a valued hospitality client opened to guests Feb. 2 in the new Liberty Center retail development near Cincinnati. The new six-story AC Hotel is one-of-a-kind. Instead of a full-service, in-house restaurant, the AC’s lounge serves drinks, and its kitchen serves European-inspired breakfast items. This modern hotel allows guests to check-in online, skip the front desk, and use a smart phone as the room key. Outdoor terraces offer views of Liberty Center. Its overall features include minimalist designs with hardwood floors and sleek furniture. With 132 rooms, an indoor pool, a spa, a 2,100-square-foot conference center, and ground floor retail space, this AC Hotel is the first newly constructed facility in the United States since Marriott International and European hotelier Antonio Catalan (AC) brought the brand to this country. And the new brand has an aggressive expansion plan, as evidenced by Kraemer Brothers’ current construction project on another AC Hotel in downtown Madison for a different client.
February 10, 2016
More Middleton Retail
A successful first project last year for Kraemer Development has led to an additional construction project to begin soon. The new retail and office building on Greenway Boulevard in Middleton is a new $4 million facility to be located in front of the Wisconsin Trade Center kitty-corner from Kraemer Brothers' recent Greenway Station project. It will be a three-level structure with parking in the basement and several tenant spaces on the main level and second floor. The exterior facade includes high-end design with brick, stone and other materials. Initial site work begins this month, and in late May foundations will start, with completion in January 2017.
December 5, 2015
Retiring Superintendent Make His Mark
More than capable of running Kraemer Brothers’ largest projects, recently retired project superintendent Bill Reetz has been relied upon for more than 30 years to lead and oversee some of our biggest efforts – from a Shopko in the beginning of his stint – to the Ho-Chunk Casino, Hotel and Convention Center in 1999 – to more recent landmark projects for Promega Corporation – and dozens of other major projects. At Covance Laboratories, where he did countless projects large and small between 1989 and 2011, Bill’s tenure spanned three different ownerships and exceeded many of Covance’s own employees’. His knowledge of the facility and his longevity was so seasoned that Bill eventually was RE-remodeling areas for this client. Bill was also known as a detail man, and when plans lacked design he had the knack for filling in the holes. Bill wonderfully performed the role of mentor to those he took under his wing, particularly up-and-coming Kraemer Brothers leaders. As valuable to construction as his all-encompassing building knowledge was Bill’s ability to assure owners that their best interests were being well taken care of. Clients such as Promega Corporation and Covance came to value his ability to help them truly understand the choices, challenges and processes along the path of construction. At Promega, Bill attained such a reputation for bringing value and direction to the firm’s construction program that – after the success of the Feynman Center – he was asked by the owner to delay retirement and construct one more key project, the Promega Kepler Center. Kraemer Brothers is as grateful as Promega that he agreed to this request. We wish Bill all the best now that his tasks for Kraemer Brothers and our valued clients are complete.
November 1, 2015
Science building shines at Baraboo’s UW campus
The fall semester was greeted by the newly completed science building at the University of Wisconsin- Baraboo/Sauk County campus. New labs and classrooms are the primary features of the new structure, replacing outdated space. A large classroom has a view of the distant Baraboo Hills across the valley and will also serve as a community room for a variety of purposes. In all, the building provides students and faculty with 14,000 square feet of new educational science facilities and renovation of 10,000 square feet of existing space. The new building is contemporary in design and nestled into the campus hillside to preserve the breath-taking view, as well as to achieve sustainable energy goals. The unique grass-covered roof doubles as a sustainable feature and a platform for outdoor concerts and plays. By coordinating closely with the administration, Kraemer Brothers was able to save over $250,000 for the city and county by recommending changes to the building plans while preserving overall quality. This relationship also guided our efforts to minimize inconveniences for students and faculty during construction.
October 23, 2015
Phase i done, phase ii underway
Nearly 700 attendees enjoyed testing the facilities at the grand opening of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. Three years in the making, phase one encompasses the 457-room eight-story hotel, the 100,000-square-foot indoor waterpark with retractable roof, and the 65,000-square-foot convention center, along with an indoor family activity center, a variety of stores and restaurants, and an outdoor waterpark. This monumental project was not without challenges along the way, but our team successfully overcame them, including bedrock removal with extensive blasting, persevering two of the worst winters in the last 20 years, and completing major changes throughout the resort without extending the schedule. Today, the management team for Kraemer Brothers has phase two well under way, under the leadership of our project managers and onsite superintendents. To be completed in early 2017, phase two is an additional 100,000 square feet of indoor waterpark, convention space and over 400 guest rooms. According to Travis Nelson, son of Todd Nelson, Kalahari owner, when finished the entire resort will encompass 150 acres and carry the title,“America’s largest indoor water park.”
October 15, 2015
Five Projects Awarded
The Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC) recently announced that five of Kraemer Brothers’ latest projects will be honored for excellence in construction. Winning projects include the Promega Kepler Center, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Renovation, the Sauk Prairie Medical Clinics & Office Building, Kalahari Resort and Conventions - Poconos Mountains - Phase I, and the Sauk Prairie Schools 2020 Building Program. The ABC Projects of Distinction award banquet will be held in February. As their contribution to the award application, the owners and architects of these projects evaluated Kraemer Brothers’ performance with words of praise. The architect of the processing center, said, “Communications regularly held assured a network of relationships. This effectively resulted in a project with a minimal percentage of field changes, leading to the project’s on budget completion - in time and money.” The Sauk Prairie School District superintendent, said, “In all of my 37 years of leadership, teaching and serving in education, I have not experienced a more positive, knowledgeable and hard-working group of people.” Owner of the medical office said, “The integrity and attitude of Kraemer Brothers at all levels and types of their employees is unsurpassed. Their ‘can do’ and ‘will do’ spirit is universally supported throughout the firm.”
September 1, 2015
Platteville again picks kraemer brothers
With a successful referendum passed last April, the Platteville School District selected Kraemer Brothers once again to build multiple projects for its school system in Platteville. Kraemer's project leaders each are coming off successful school projects for Sauk Prairie and Fennimore. Next month they will break ground at Westview Elementary School for a large addition and renovation project. Next spring and summer there will be three additional projects at other schools in the city, including a renovation at Neal Wilkins Elementary, a renovation at the Middle School and renovations and an addition at the High School. The overall project is reminiscent of Kraemer Brothers’ last time working with Platteville School District when in 1997 additions and renovations were simultaneously completed for several schools, including the High School, Middle School, O.E Gray Elementary, Neal Wilkins Elementary and Westview Elementary. This major, multi-school project will be completed in time for the 2016-17 school year.
August 17, 2015
12-LEVEL HOTEL UNDERWAY DOWNTOWN
Kraemer Brothers is constructing an AC Hotel by Marriott in downtown Madison one block from Capital Square on East Washington Street. Several months in the making, plans include demolishing three buildings to make way for a structure that will include two levels of underground parking and a 10-story hotel with 164 units. An elegant lounge for guests will be located on the top two floors and will include an outdoor patio overlooking the Capitol Building and Lake Monona. Like the AC Hotel currently under constructiont in Cincinnati, this hotel will feature modern European design and luxurious finishes. Its exterior design includes stone veneer and brick, a glass
curtain wall system and metal panels, as well as a green roof. Challenges presented by the urban site include a lot-line-to-lot-line ground floor and multiple earth retention systems to support neighboring structures. Mike Schoonveld is the project manager, and Gary Moseman is the project superintendent. Construction begins this month and will be complete in December 2016.
July 14, 2015
busy at Summer School
A healthy dose of summertime school construction has the majority of Kraemer Brothers field crew completing projects for the upcoming school year. The newest project is a nine-week renovation at Sauk Prairie High School. A few blocks away, work on the new Bridges Elementary School is in the home stretch. A few miles to the west, the Tower Rock Elementary addition and remodel is being prepared to receive additional students and staff in the fall. Crews at Fennimore High School are ahead of schedule. With flooring in the addition structure underway, we are charging forward with the
interior remodel phase. Finally, the UW’s new science building in Baraboo will be complete in August along with the rest of the schools. As CEO Tom Kraemer was heard to say, “To the disappointment of hundreds of thousands of youngsters, we have never missed a completion date on our school projects.”
May 15, 2015
The Daily Reporter newspaper will honored Kraemer Brothers projects at its 16th annual Top Projects awards dinner on May 14 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee. The Promega da Vinci Building and Sauk Prairie Hospital projects are among more than 30 other notable projects from across the state that received recognition. These same projects also received Projects of Distinction awards last year from the Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin. In his evaluation of the da Vinci project, architect Steve Wellenstein praised Kraemer Brothers, saying, “There was never a need for me to intercede on the owner’s behalf on anything. Kraemer always approached any occurrence with what is in the best interest of the project, and never what is in the best interest of Kraemer.” In his evaluation of the hospital project, architect Matt Tendler said Kraemer Brothers was “very professional and collaborative during all phases of the project. They did what was best for our client, delivered a high quality project, and it was below budget and on time!” Congratulations to all involved, whether their projects receive public recognition or not; Kraemer Brothers' clients are simply grateful we build each and every project at an award-winning level.
April 23, 2015
glad to see you
Today Kraemer Brothers is participating in the annual AIA conference and exhibition at Monona Terrace in Madison where we are excited each year to touch base with architects we have worked with, are currently doing projects with, or who we look forward to teaming up with in the future. Architects represent one of the three main team members in any Kraemer Brothers construction project, the other two being the project owner and Kraemer. Events such as this are a great opportunity to share ideas and for Kraemer Brothers to offer our unique pre-construction and construction services. Please stop and say hello next time you see us at one of the many conventions around the state throughout the year. Recently, we exhibited at the April 22 cheese industry conference at the Alliant Center, the April 16 health care conference held at the Kalahari Resort in Lake Delton, and the March 19 assisted living conference, also at the Kalahari.
March 16, 2015
Another milwaukee hotel
When Kraemer Brothers constructed the Hilton Garden Inn - Milwaukee Airport for a valued client in 2010 we were told to expect to return and build a second hotel on the adjoining property. In May, almost five years after completing the HGI, we will break ground for a Home 2 extended stay hotel there. The site is ready and waiting. While we were there five years ago we demolished a building in preparation for the would-be project that will be constructed from May to February of next year. The project will be a three-story, wood frame hotel with 100 rooms, an indoor swimming pool, kitchen and 63,000 square feet in total, with an exterior facade including burnished block, EIFS, metal panels and cement board siding. It will be our 29th hotel project for our long-time client.
February 2, 2015
poconos phase ii in the works
Kraemer Brothers is hunkering down for another two years in the Pocono Mountains for our valued client, Kalahari Resorts. This spring our crew will commence building an additional nine-story hotel and doubling the existing waterpark. Phase II means crews will be building onto an occupied resort, as guests begin arriving at the 732,000-square-foot Kalahari resort in July after the 21-month project is completed in late June. In the spring of 2017 Kraemer Brothers will have spent four years at the site for Kalahari and doubled the resort since beginning Phase I. The success of this adventure would not be possible without the the hard-working contractors and suppliers of Eastern Pennsylvania who have contributed to the success of this project, and Kraemer Brothers tips its hardhat to all involved.
January 15, 2015
expansion planned for new cheese client
An award-winning cheese company and Kraemer Brothers, itself an award-winning company, are slated to commence an expansion project together this spring in Monroe, Wis. Each of our companies are proud, multi-generation family businesses with master craftsmen, making this new business relationship an appropriate match. The 20,000-square-foot addition project will feature a new brine room and raw product packaging facilities, expanding our client's capacity to craft its famous cheese varieties. Kraemer Brothers’ return to the Monroe area has been years in the making after several projects there in the 1980s and 90’s, including five for the cheese/ dairy industry, two supermarket projects and a new church.
January 2, 2015
Kraemer heads back to greenway station
Over a decade after constructing the landmark, 11-building Greenway Station retail center for RED Development in Middleton, the company selected Kraemer Brothers to return and construct an additional building that matches the signature style of the development. The new 4,200-square-foot, one-story facility will feature the same brick, cultured stone and EIFS veneer with slate roof as the other buildings. It will be a two-tenant, wood-framed building located on the northeast corner of Greenway Blvd and Deming Way, and construction will begin this spring as nearby Kraemer projects at the Fairfield Inn and Kraemer Development wrap up.
December 15, 2014
Top-to-bottom hotel renovation to begin
Next month Kraemer Brothers will begin another top-to-bottom hotel renovation for a long-time client. Located in Middleton, this interior and exterior renovation of the existing three-story Marriott Fairfield Inn will include new finishes for all 102 guest rooms and corridors and a major renovation of the core area on the first level. In the spring, exterior work will include the removal of the existing mansard roofs and constructing new parapets, a new porte cochere with curved steel roof, and a new storefront with cultured stone and aluminum at the main and back entrances. The project will be complete in May 2015.
November 1, 2014
ABC Awards projects of the year
Kraemer excellence will be on disply at the Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin awards banquet in February, where five recent projects will be honored for excellence, including the Carmax Auto Superstore in Madison, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Madison, the Omega Protein Addition in Reedsburg, the Promega da Vinci Building in Fitchburg, and Sauk Prairie Hospital, winning gold in the institutional over $5 million category.
October 21, 2014
Medical clinics, offices building complete
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Medical Clinics & Offices building on the Sauk Prairie Hospital campus was held Oct. 21. Kraemer Brothers constructed the building for a development group, as well as several buildouts for businesses that will serve patients in the new facility. The building is attached to Sauk Prairie Hospital, completed earlier this year by Kraemer Brothers. Construction of the two-story, 58,000-square-foot companion building began in November 2013 and was completed last month. The MOB provides access to specialty care services, with tenants such as UW Health, Advanced Pain Management, Associated Podiatrists, Dean Clinic–Sauk Prairie Specialty Services, Home Health United, Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Orthopedic Associates, Prairie Clinic, Women’s Center and Surgical Associates & Outpatient Clinics. While started 1.5 years after the hospital’s groundbreaking, the campus was designed and planned together and, therefore, features seamless matching decor and materials.
October 15, 2014
Construction on UW science building begins
Kraemer Brothers continues the UW-Kraemer tradition this month as construction commences on a new, $5.6 million science building at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus. The new structure will replace current, dated labs and will be sunk into the hillside to preserve the campus view of the Baraboo bluffs and to achieve sustainable energy goals. The building’s exterior will provide a platform for outdoor concerts and plays, and an adjustable indoor community room will serve a variety of purposes. Construction consists of renovating 10,000 square feet of existing science building space and a new 14,000-square-foot educational science facility. This continues a long tradition of building projects for the UW system across the state, including campuses in Richland Center, Eau Claire, Madison and Whitewater.
October 9, 2014
KRAEMER COLLECTS AGC PROJECT AWARDS
Kraemer excellence was on parade at the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin awards banquet where three recent projects were honored for excellence, including the Promega Feynman Center in Fitchburg, winning in the New Construction category; the Hampton Inn & Suites - Downtown Madison, winning in the Design/Build category; and the Dodgeville High School Addition & Remodel, winning in the Renovation category. These successes represent a total team effort combining excellence in project planning, leadership, craftsmanship and the pounding of every last nail and each dollop of mortar. Congratulations to everyone involved in these fine projects.
September 23, 2014
Prairie Ground broken
Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on the 20th to launch Sauk Prairie’s expansion of Tower Rock Elementary School and today for the new elementary school. The new 102,000-square-foot school will accommodate up to 500 students in 4K through 2nd grade and will feature new district administration offices. The 13-acre site is located at 13th Street and Broadway in Prairie du Sac. Replacing Spruce Street school, the new school will feature a gymnasium, a cafeteria, offices, a courtyard, and over 57,000 square feet of classrooms. The rural Tower Rock school project, located eight miles west of Prairie du Sac on Denzer Road, includes an addition with 12 classrooms for up to 250 students and a separate gymnasium addition. The current gym will be renovated into a cafeteria and multi-purpose room. Once complete, Black Hawk Elementary (renovated by Kraemer Brothers in 1992) will close and move its students to Tower Rock, making it a 4K through fifth-grade school. Construction on both schools will be completed for the 2015-16 school year.
August 23, 2014
Marriott AC Hotel in Ohio announced
After building other Marriott flags for Raymond over the years (Courtyard, Fairfield and Residence Inn), Kraemer Brothers will build an upscale AC by Marriott in Cincinnati this fall. The name stands for Antonio Catalán who recently merged his European properties with Marriott, which for the first time in company history is importing an outside hotel brand into the North American market. The Cincinnati edition will be a six-story hotel with retail on the first floor; an indoor pool, spa and conference center on the second floor; and 132 rooms on floors 3-6. Catalán’s design aesthetic includes modern design with high-end finishes with a sleeker, more chic experience.
July 18, 2014
Kraemer on public television
Tom kraemer, CEO and Greg Callin, VP of Client Relations, were interviewed by Emmy-winning actor John McGivern when he brought his TV crew to Plain. Kraemer Brothers will be featured on his Milwaukee Public Television program, Around the Corner, along with other River Valley-area businesses and attractions. On camera, Tom talked about the history of his family business, the values of the company, and the impacts Kraemer Brothers has on small communities in the area. Other businesses visited by the TV crew included Kraemer Brothers clients Taliesin and House On The Rock, as well as well known businesses like Nina’s, Inc., Freddy Valentine’s, Arthur’s, The General Store, The Opal Man, Ring Brothers and more. Tune into public television in February to see John discover what it's like to live, work and play in the River Valley community, and the history, demographics, and geography of the communities served by Kraemer Brothers.
June 16, 2014
CARMAX GRAND OPENING
Conquering an aggressive schedule, Kraemer Brothers completed the CarMax on Madison’s west side in just over eight months. The auto superstore held its June 16 grand opening, marking the completion of a project for which certain aspects of the site work were strategically completed at the beginning in order to help the owners meet their goals for opening in May. The dealership’s facilities include an attractive lobby, spacious showroom and state-of-the-art service department.
June 13, 2014
GRAND OPENING AT PROMEGA
Promega CEO Bill Linton celebrated the newly finished da Vinci Building in Fitchburg with his associates on June 13. Completed by Kraemer Brothers, the building is a stunning 23,500-square-foot structure with one level of underground parking and, above, facilities for equipment and parts design, machining and testing, and the grounds department. Attendees marveled at the brick- and glass-clad building that bares the mark of Kraemer Brothers craftsmen, including cement finishers, steel workers, masons and carpenters, as well as subcontractors.
June 6, 2014
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS VISIT KRAEMER
Before school let out for the summer the student body of Tower Rock Elementary School visited the Kraemer Brothers Equipment & Distribution Center in Plain for a top-notch demonstration about school construction. Students and their teachers saw equipment up close and were taught about the phases of their addition, which Kraemer Brothers will begin construction on in September. The students were challenged to count/estimate a pallet of bricks, crane operation was demonstrated, and a question and answer session was held about manlifts. The Kraemer Brothers yard crew and staff enjoyed providing this learning experience for students from the neighboring Sauk Prairie School District.
April 1, 2014
THE VOTES ARE IN
Successful spring school referendums led to Kraemer Brothers being selected for several upcoming school projects. Fennimore Area Schools selected Kraemer to build a $5.9 million addition and renovation at its high school, with construction starting this summer. Sauk Prairie School District selected Kraemer Brothers to construct $34.6 million in projects for several schools, including a new elementary school, a significant addition to an existing elementary school, and various renovations to all their schools. Kraemer will also do a $1.8 million renovation at Iowa Grant high school and a $4 million addition and renovation at Ithaca K-12 this summer. Pending successful referendums, Kraemer is slotted to build new high schools for the Dodgeville School District and Wisconsin Dells School District.
March 25-26, 2014
EXHIBITING AT assisted living conference
Kraemer Brothers will be meeting and greeting at the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association Annual Spring Conference on Tuesday, March 25 at the networking event from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and in the exhibit hall in BOOTH 106 on Wednesday, March 26 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The conference is being held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Please join us for wine and cheese sampling and enjoy a short video highlighting Kraemer Brothers’ recent projects for various nursing, long-term care and residential facilities in Wisconsin. We are very proud of the many projects we have constructed throughout the state in this industry, and we hope to show attendees the breadth of experience and assist them with their own plans for improving their facilities or building new.
February 6, 2014
KRAEMER BROTHERS COLLECTS PROJECT AWARDS
Kraemer excellence will be on parade at the Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin awards banquet in February, where four recent projects will be honored for excellence, including the Promega Feynman Center in Fitchburg, winning gold in the over $10 million category; the Ballweg Mercedes dealership in Rochester, Minn., winning gold in the $2-$10 million category; St. Mary School in Portage, winning silver in the restoration/renovation category; and Indianola Middle School Addition & Renovation as an "honorable mention." These successes represent a total team effort combining excellence in project planning, leadership, craftsmanship and the pounding of every last nail and each dollop of mortar. Congratulations to everyone involved in these fine projects.
January 22-23, 2014
EXHIBITING AT STATE EDUCATION CONVENTION
Please join us for award-winning wine and cheese sampling at the Kraemer Brothers booth #902. We will be meeting and greeting at the Wisconsin State Education Convention on Wednesday, January 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. being held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. While you’re sampling, please enjoy a short video highlighting Kraemer Brothers’ recent projects for various Wisconsin school districts. We are very proud of the many schools we have constructed throughout the state, and we hope you will be intrigued by our breadth of experience providing construction services of all kinds to school districts all over Wisconsin.