WCREW is a non-profit organization working to recognize professional women in the field of commercial real estate as a forum for networking and sharing professional resources. The national CREW network seeks to influence the success of the overall industry by advancing the achievements of women.
Kristin chairs the WCREW Membership Committee and has been involved with WCREW for several years, while Sigma project engineer Stacy Oszuscik co-chairs the WCREW Programs Committee helping organize chapter meetings and events.
A recent story in the WauwatosaNow reported on construction progress at the Milwaukee County Zoo for a new west side entrance, otter exhibit and other amenities. The Sigma Group has worked with Milwaukee County to provide preliminary engineering, as well as final design and construction administration for the project.
Sigma has been consistently ranked in the annual Milwaukee Business Journal lists of Largest Area Environmental Consulting Firms and Largest Wisconsin Engineering Firms.
The Sigma Group is an employee-owned and award-winning civil and environmental firm providing sustainable solutions for the built environment.
Filling bags of litter along with other volunteers and families at events like the Annual River Cleanup is a fun and meaningful way for Sigma staff to collaborate and connect. 2017 marks Sigma’s 10th straight year working on the River Cleanup, which is just one of several activities where Sigma supports the environment and Milwaukee community.
Sigma has long been an active member of the Menomonee Valley neighborhood. Besides locating its offices at 1300 W. Canal Street since 2003, Sigma has provided a wide array of engineering and consulting services for projects including Badger Railing, Caleffi North America, Cargill, Charter Wire, City of Milwaukee, Derse Exhibits, Harley-Davidson Museum, Hank Aaron State Trail, JF Ahern, Lohmann-Rauscher (formerly Solaris), Miller Park, North Bank Trail, Palermo’s Pizza, Rishi Tea, SE Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District, Taylor Dynamometer, Three Bridges Park and Urban Ecology Center.
The Riverkeepers and Rock the Green are hosting an Earth Day picnic at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee from noon until 2 p.m. featuring music, local food from sustainable vendors and eco-education from community innovators.
In response to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules designed to protect workers from inhaling crystalline silica, businesses must now comply with significantly lower silica exposure limits. The Sigma Group (Sigma) can assist by monitoring and evaluating potential employee exposures.
Crystalline silica is a mineral found in materials regularly used for roads, buildings and sidewalks such as sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block and mortar. Workers can be exposed to silica dust when cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing these products.
Sigma provides industrial hygiene monitoring to assess employee exposure to airborne contaminants including crystalline silica. Our engineers conduct scientific on-site observations, and then review processes, equipment and monitoring data to provide concise reports compare the results to OSHA standards.
Contact Sigma for further information on silica dust evaluations.
A recent story from FOX6 TV News in Milwaukee reported on the start of a construction project that will improve water quality and much more at Milwaukee’s South Shore Beach. Sigma and others worked over the last three years to develop a sustainable plan to significantly enhance the experience of those who enjoy this magnificent maritime asset on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
While focusing on water quality protection and stormwater management at South Shore Park, the design also integrates public activities like boating, fishing, swimming, biking and pedestrian use with improvements to traffic flow, parking and wayfinding.
Hundreds of families, friends and even a few dogs enjoyed seasonably chilly Wisconsin weather walking two miles of candlelit and lightly snow covered trails along the banks of the Menomonee River. The Urban Ecology Center provided guided hikes, while most participants casually walked under the starlit sky enjoying stops for ice sculpting, roasting marshmallows, hot chocolate and churros, Palermo’s Pizza dinner buffet and Rishi Tea tasting, followed by a gathering at Third Space Brewing.
Three Bridges Park has connected Milwaukee urban communities since opening in 2013. Sigma provided a wide array of civil and environmental engineering services helping transform the former marshland and industrial site into a 24-acre park that is part of the Hank Aaron State Trail. Sigma’s work at Three Bridges Park provided technical expertise in areas like surveying, environmental restoration, riverbank stabilization and more, while helping plan and design the overall project with key community stakeholders.
By supporting events like the Urban Candlelight Hike, Sigma and others promote the expanding use of bike and pedestrian trails, paths, bridges, tunnels and riverbanks in Milwaukee’s restored natural urban environment.
Adam Carr photo courtesy of Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc.
The Brookfield, Wis. based tool manufacturer’s latest plans include 30,000 square feet of additional expansion, in addition to a previously planned $33 million, four-story office building. Sigma is providing civil and environmental engineering services and surveys for the expansion of the Milwaukee Electric Tool headquarters.
Sigma has the unique opportunity to contribute to this project in the following important roles:
- Owner’s representative
- Site and civil design engineer
- Environmental consultant
- Conducting site due diligence
- Securing approved remediation strategy
- Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (drone) and 3D scanning providing as-built information
- Completing hazardous materials assessment and remediation addressing asbestos, lead paint and other industrial remnants
According to a La Crosse Tribune report, the La Crosse Plow Co. project includes between $25 million and $33 million in renovations. The development plan includes some 60 residential units on upper floors of a three-story building with potential for a fourth-floor addition. There is also opportunity for retail, office or commercial space in a one-story former foundry building.
The La Crosse Plow Co. buildings have been vacant for more than 20 years, but will not be so for much longer with construction scheduled for completion in 2018. Originally built in early 20th century, these buildings began as blacksmith operations and evolved into the larger Plow Co. operations. Eventually becoming part of the Allis-Chalmers Co., the buildings contained machine and engine manufacturing until the mid-1990s.
A steering committee representing the War Memorial Center, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Rotary and the County are reviewing a master plan for the future as they begin rebuilding parking lots north of the Center. The planning effort is being supported by a grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan. The Sigma Group led the planning team recommending several ideas, according to a December 2016 story in the Milwaukee Business Journal.
The master plan would look at a variety of options to integrate the larger vision of the Lakefront from Michigan Avenue to McKinley Park while restoring habitat and reducing lakeshore water pollution. Plans and recommendations include:
- Converting parking lot area near Lake Michigan to green space with consideration of a “healing garden” and other veteran monuments and memorials
- Building a replacement lot to the west in a sloping lawn area
- Improving the entry drive and introducing handicap parking for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Incorporating green infrastructure such as bioswales landscaping to catch and clean stormwater
In the Business Journal story, Sigma Group senior engineer Bob Peschel emphasized the opportunity for improvements to the War Memorial and Veterans Park entrances, including more pedestrian-friendly walkways and plaza areas. The plans also recommends more inviting walkways along the lakefront.
The War Memorial plans were presented to the Milwaukee County Board in December 2016 and will be considered as part of other lakefront projects like the Lakefront Gateway and Couture high-rise development.
Sigma is collaborating on the project with Milwaukee-based consultants SEH, Stormwater Solutions Engineering and the UW-Milwaukee School of Planning, so check back here for more details.
Drone technology is quickly emerging as an incredibly powerful tool for data acquisition, taking engineering capabilities to new heights. From aerial surveying and mapping to facility inspection and 3D modeling, Sigma is using drone technology to optimize engineering services. Call Sigma today (414-643-4200) to find out how drone technology can save your project time and money.
Mr. Kastner joins The Sigma Group, Inc. as a Project Manager with more than 15 years of experience in various engineering construction and design roles for private developers, WisDOT, and municipalities. John will manage civil site development projects and continue to grow the construction management and inspection services offered by Sigma. John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, and recently graduated from Marquette University, with a Masters of Business Administration.
Ms. Schwingle joins The Sigma Group, Inc. as a Project Engineer providing civil and environmental engineering services for a variety of commercial, industrial and municipal clients. Her experience includes design engineering, construction and building inspection, regulatory compliance, risk management services and completion of reports for clients and regulatory agencies. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Studies. She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Mr. Niemoeller joins The Sigma Group, Inc. as a Project Engineer with over 20 years of experience providing project and process engineering services for a variety of clients. His experience includes process design and revision, production facility design, and safety compliance for industrial, commercial and municipal clients. He is a graduate of Purdue University with Bachelor Degrees in Agriculture and Biological Engineering and Management.
Mr. Beuscher joins The Sigma Group, Inc. as a Field Construction Inspector responsible for inspection observation and field services. He has more than 25 years’ experience which includes providing services to both municipal clients and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Mr. Beuscher serves as Construction Inspector and is responsible for customer interfacing, coordination of construction administration work, and quality assurance.
J. Michael Wertz
Mr. Wertz joins The Sigma Group, Inc. as a Survey Technician with more than 7 years of experience. He is responsible for providing survey services for a variety of clients. He graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering / Technology.
CONSTRUCTION SOIL MANAGEMENT
A REGULATORY REMINDER
IS YOUR SITE CLEAN?
HOW DO YOU KNOW?
ARE YOU PREPARED TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS?
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Remediation and Redevelopment (R&R) program has refocused their efforts to identify and enforce the characterization and proper management of contaminated construction related soil spoils. Urban sites were commonly filled with impacted soils and/or industrial by products. The WDNR’s latest guidance document specifically references utility and construction related projects. Have you completed your project due diligence? Is your contractor prepared to properly manage contaminated soil?
The WDNR issued RR guidance document Management of Contaminated Soil and Other Waste Material in November 2014. This document summarizes regulated soil management requirements documented in Wisconsin Administrative Code (WAC) ch. NR 718 for “persons responsible for utility or construction projects where excavation, trenching or direction boring activities involve the management of contaminated media” including soil. Managing and exporting contaminated soil as clean soil will result in noncompliance and can result in project delays, increased project costs, and possible enforcement action.
HOW CAN SIGMA HELP YOU?
First, Sigma can help you determine if your project is located within an area of known or possible contaminated soil and if so conduct site-specific assessment to evaluate handling needs and on or off-site management options. Next, based on the scope of your project, Sigma will partner with you to determine the best and cost effective regulatory compliant soil management approach. Sigma has years of experience partnering with developers, contractors and owners to complete cost effective project planning due diligence activities. Our proactive approach provides clients with a thorough understanding of State rules, site conditions, potential risks and cost saving soil management approaches. In addition, we can help you evaluate, apply for and secure applicable sources of project funding to offset some of these additional project costs. Call us today.
The Sigma Group is a member of Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), a worldwide organization dedicated to preventing and solving indoor environmental problems through the education of IAQ professionals. Through this participation, Sigma staff stays current with the latest industry news and development of industry standards with respect to IAQ investigation and mitigation.
Greg Kost to Serve as 2014 Chapter President, Special Awards Given
Milwaukee, WI (January 15, 2014) – NAIOP Wisconsin elected a new President and Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting and Awards Night on January 14, 2014. The new board includes the principals of many of the region’s leading commercial real estate firms.
Gregory Kost of TOLD Development Company, was elected President of NAIOP Wisconsin for 2014. In this capacity, he will work closely with NAIOP staff and Chapter leadership to guide the Chapter’s operations. Kost is President of the Wisconsin office of TOLD Development Group and owner of Acquest Property Group, LLC. Kost has over 20 years of direct real estate experience.
“I have watched NAIPO in Wisconsin grow from infancy to where we are now-a leader in the commercial real estate industry,” said Kost “I am looking forward to working with the Board and members as we push for economic development in Wisconsin.”
The remainder of the officers elected include Lyle Landowski, Colliers International as President Elect,Ryan Marks, Ryan Companies as Treasurer, Scott Langlois, Quarles & Brady as Secretary and Dick Lincoln, the Mandel Group, as Immediate Past President..
The Chapter elected several new NAIOP Board members:
- Dave Merrick, Irgens Partners
- Mike Slavish, Hovde Properties
- Gregg Thompson, Briohn Building Company
- Robert Habich, Reinhart, Boerner Van Deuren
In addition, the Chapter renewed the terms of several continuing Board members:
- Michael Finn, Associated Bank
- Mary Claire Lanser, Advisors, LLC
- Julie Ledger, Opus Development Corp.
- Todd Rizzo, Wispark LLC
- Leslie Scherrer, The Peter Scherrer Group
- John Schwab, WIPFLI LLP
Also at the Annual Meeting, NAIOP Wisconsin presented several special awards to select members who have made significant contributions to NAIOP in 2013. Outgoing President Richard Lincoln, The Mandel Group presented the following awards:
- The Rising Star of the Year-Principal Member was presented to Jerad Protaskey ofOpus Development Company;
- The Rising Star of the Year-Associate Member was presented to Andy Hunt ofMarquette University
- Associate of the Year was presented to Joshua Neudorfer of The Sigma Group, Inc..
Following the business portion of the Annual Meeting, Charles Franklin of the Marquette Polling School gave a discussion to NAIOP members about the upcoming elections.
NAIOP Wisconsin is grateful for the efforts of all of its members and looks forward to another busy and productive year in 2014!
The state is divided into six zones for purposes of the VIZC. Those zones are designated as N1, N2, NE, WC, SC and SE. Two categories of services (vapor sampling and vapor mitigation) are designated in VIZC.
The Sigma Group, Inc. was awarded as the secondary contractor for the NE, SC & SE zones for both categories of services.
The VIZC will be used in cases where a responsible party is unable or unwilling to perform the necessary sampling or mitigation. If a responsible party is identified the State can seek cost recovery for all costs expended under the contract as well as costs of DNR staff oversight. Jason Lowery is the VIZC contract manager.
Kevin has volunteered his time presenting to and assisting on various survey projects with high school students and Milwaukee Area Technical College students in an effort to introduce them to Land Surveying.
In addition, he presented a seminar entitled “A Brief History of Land Surveying in America” to the Wisconsin Association of Accessing Officers at their 2010 Annual Meeting.
However, thousands of truckloads of soil, dug up as part of the Mitchell Interchange project, will be brought in to cap a desolate, contaminated, 250-acre lakefront site in Oak Creek, which could become the next great development site in southeastern Wisconsin.
The Mitchell Interchange soil is “like manna from heaven,” said Gary Billington, Vice President of sales and client relations for Milwaukee-based Plunkett Raysich Architects LLP. An Oak Creek resident, Billington leads up a citizens advisory committee for the redevelopment of the city’s lakefront.
In an effort to revitalize closed manufacturing plants and the communities around them, the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program, through its Wisconsin Plant Recovery Initiative, has selected The Sigma Group, Inc., and two other consultants, to “expedite environmental work at brownfields” so communities can begin eventual redevelopment and bring in new jobs and tax revenue that will benefit the entire state.
Several hundred acres have been remediated, companies have moved in and existing businesses have expanded.
Earlier this week, the EPA recognized the Valley for excellence in brown field redevelopment. Later today, the Valley will celebrate ten years of rebirth.
WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met two of the people who’ve been involved.
Peschel’s latest project was managing the “deconstruction” last month of the former Matt Rech gasoline and service station that straddled the Shorewood and Whitefish Bay border. By deconstructing the station, virtually all bricks, pipes, equipment, concrete, shingles and wiring used to build the station in the early 1960s were recycled.
Deconstruction of a structure is the alternative to demolition and depositing the debris in a landfill, said Peschel, who works for The Sigma Group, Inc., Milwaukee.
Stop by Sigma’s table at the Second Annual Menomonee Valley Real Estate Open House to learn how Sigma can assist you with your development goals in the Menomonee Valley. Look for the tent the day of the event at the intersection of Canal Street and Milwaukee Road.
The Sigma Group, Inc. specializes in solving environmental and civil engineering challenges for government and private industry clientele.
The Sigma Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Steve R. Meer, PE, staff engineer at Sigma, has been selected to receive the 2008 Alfred Noble Prize for co-authoring “Hydraulic Conductivity of Geosynthetic Clay Liners Exhumed from Landfill Final Covers,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, May 2007.
In selecting Meer for the award, the Alfred Noble Joint Prize Committee noted the paper’s “…significant immediate practical implications” as well as praised Meer for his “thorough literature search, critical analysis, good experimental scheme, hypothesis and testing of it and useful inference.”
The award is given for a technical paper of exceptional merit in honor of Alfred Noble, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the Western Society of Engineers, for the purpose of perpetuating his name and achievements.
Meer will accept the 2008 Alfred Noble Prize at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Annual Business Meeting, November 8, 2008, in Pittsburgh, PA.