Milwaukee Tool’s plan to expand its headquarters with a new 4-story addition includes an open ceiling concept which proves to be a challenge for the electrical installation.
Open Ceiling Design Leaves Little Room for Errors
In 2016 Milwaukee Tool, based in Brookfield, WI, began yet another expansion to its headquarters with a $35 million, 4-story, 207,000 square foot addition. The project was lead by Hunzinger Construction and Mike Navarre from Uihlein Electric served as the Project Foreman.
The project included a new Innovation Center for the company as well as office space and large communal meeting areas. Milwaukee Tool along with IBEW494 have a long history of mutual appreciation and partnership. Milwaukee Tool frequently gets feedback from electricians in the field for future tool development and design.
One of the main challenges of the project was the open ceiling design. Exposed conduit and cabling needed to be very neat and precise. Laser measuring tools were used to keep the installation accurate.
The work Uihlein Electric performed included running power to the new 3,000 amp main distribution panel; installation of various breaker panels and power outlets; indoor lighting, building accent lighting, and lighting controls; fire alarm, BAS, and low-voltage conduit.
The project began in August 2016 and will finish in August 2017. Uihlein Electric employed over 20 skilled electricians who invested over 18,000 workforce hours in completing the project.
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