Wisconn Valley News - August 31, 2018

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Project Status


Vertical Construction Begins

Vertical construction has officially begun on the Multipurpose Building, the first building in Area 1 Phase 1 of the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. Racine County Executive Jonathan Delegrave and Racine County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jenny Trick joined Adam Jelen, Project Principal from Gilbane Building Company, in an on-site event as about a dozen 35-foot tall, pre-fabricated panels were lifted and put into place.  The pre-fabrication work of the panels was done by Spancrete, Inc., designed at their Waukesha location and assembled at their Valders facility.  In total, 120 panels will be used to construct the multipurpose building.

Road Updates


I-94 North-South Construction Progressing

The I-94 and Ryan Road interchange in Milwaukee County is taking shape. Crews placed girders last week for the new bridge. The interchange is expected to reopen later this year. 

WisDOT is working to balance the speed of I-94 construction while maintaining access and mobility for travelers. The two-lane work zone between WIS 142 and County G allows our contractors to quickly rebuild the northbound pavement.

Crews are on track to reopen 6.5 miles of I-94 between WIS 142 and WIS 20 to three lanes in each direction by the end of November 2018.


Road projects scheduled to begin

WisDOT plans to start work soon on the northern segment of the I-94 North-South Project in Racine and Milwaukee counties.

Work involves reconstructing and expanding 7.5 miles of freeway, reconstructing the interchange at 7 Mile Road and constructing a new interchange at Elm Road. Other work includes drainage, grading, paving, traffic signals and structures.

Three freeway lanes will be open in each direction during peak hours. Crews will begin shoulder and preparatory work after Labor Day. The following restrictions will be in place in mid-September:

  • Oakwood Road under I-94 closed
  • 27th Street entrance ramp to I-94 East (SB) to permanently close
  • I-94 West (NB) exit ramp to 27th Street to permanently close
  • West Frontage Road, south of Root River, closed for approximately three weeks

In the four months since receiving INFRA grant funding, WisDOT finalized plans and bid three large freeway construction contracts. By using an accelerated schedule, the entire 18.5-mile project will be completed in less than two years.

Labor Day Travel

To help minimize travel disruptions during the Labor Day weekend, WisDOT halts work on most highway construction projects around the state. Lane and ramp restrictions continue to be in effect on I-94 in Racine and Kenosha counties. Travelers may see workers on site within the freeway work zone. Peak travel periods are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday, August 31 and throughout the day Monday, September 4. Travel safely and check 511wi.gov before you go.

What's Next

Southeast Wisconsin Housing Summit

Racine County and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority will hold a Southeast Wisconsin Housing Summit on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  The event will connect municipalities in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties with partners in the areas of development, financial, and housing.  Individuals who may be interested in attending this session are: municipal officials (mayors, city planners and administrators), community leaders (housing authorities, chambers of commerce, community development corporations and local housing partners), developers (single family, multifamily and commercial), builders, and financial institutions.

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Sewer Main Pre-Bid

A Pre-Bid Meeting for Sanitary Sewer System - Phase 1  will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406.  Attendance at the pre-bid meeting is highly encouraged but is not mandatory. To review the bid advertisement, click the button below.

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Supply Chain Readiness

Coming in September, sessions on supplier readiness plans will be held to inform suppliers and industries about display manufacturing, Foxconn's vendor evaluation process, business culture, and Industry 4.0.  Sessions are being planned for Racine, Waukesha, Platteville, Green Bay, Madison, Menomonie, and Superior.  More information will be available at wisconnvalley.wi.gov soon.

Local Monthly Update

The next local monthly update meeting for the Foxconn project will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Brief updates will be provided by the WisDOT, M+W | Gilbane, and the Village of Mount Pleasant to keep the public informed. Update meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall.    

Coming Soon: Additional Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions

More Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions are being planned.  These sessions are designed to help smaller contractors gain the access to the capital and workforce they need to compete more effectively for Wisconn Valley related contracts.  The first two sessions were rated highly informational by attendees.  Wausau and Rice Lake are tentatively being planned for September sessions.  More details will be published in the Wisconn Valley News and on wisconnvalley.wi.gov when available. 


Interesting Facts

  • Pre-fabrication panels for the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park Multipurpose Building are 35 feet in height, and it will take 120 pre-fab panels to construct the 120,000 square foot building.
  • Pre-fab panels are made in Wisconsin:  The panels were designed in Waukesha and assembled in Valders by Spancrete, Inc., hauling and work crews were also Wisconsin-based.
  • Made in Wisconsin: Five miles of storm water piping fabricated by County Materials in Marathon being used on-site.

Bid Opportunities

Bid Release 3a and 3b for Foxconn Science & Technology Park Industrial Construction Work Phase 1, Area 1

M+W | Gilbane has distributed the following Invitation to Bid

The invitation to bid for Bid Release 3a and 3b for Foxconn's Industrial Construction Work Phase 1, Area 1 of Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park is available on the Wisconn Valley website. Bid Release 3a includes site utility work and temporary logistics.  Bid Release 3b includes onsite roadway work and storm drainage.  Future bid releases in 4th quarter 2018 will include the Power Substation.

Bid Release 3a - Site Utilities and Logistics

  • Bid Package 01A - Testing - Site Utilities
  • Bid Package 01B - Construction Materials, Removal & Recycling
  • Bid Package 01C - Temporary Toilets
  • Bid Package 01D - Temporary Electric (Power & Data)
  • Bid Package 01E - Temporary Canteen (Trailer & Operations)
  • Bid Package 01F - Site Security
  • Bid Package 01G - Printing Services
  • Bid Package 01H - Janitorial Services
  • Bid Package 12A - Furniture Relocation and Set Up
  • Bid Package 33A - Sanitary, Water and Electric Bank (interfaces)

Bid Release 3b - Site Roadways and Associated Storm Drainage

  • Bid Package 01I - Testing - Roadways
  • Bid Package 32A - Curb and Gutter Work
  • Bid Package 32B - Asphalt Paving Work
  • Bid Package 33B - Storm Drainage Work

The M+W | Gilbane non-disclosure agreement (NDA) must be signed and returned to M+W | Gilbane in order to participate in this bid release. The full instructions, along with non-disclosure agreement, are included in the Invitation to Bid link below.

Thank you for your continued interest in this project.

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Village of Mount Pleasant Bid Opportunity for Water and Sewer Work

The Village of Mount Pleasant announced bidding opportunities for Sanitary Sewer System - Phase 1 and for Street Reconstruction and Transmission Water Main Relay.

TID #5 Sanitary Sewer System - Phase 1

Submissions Due: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Pre-Bid Meeting: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Anticipated Contract Award Date: Monday, September 24, 2018

Overview: Construct the sanitary sewer infrastructure improvements, including all materials, labor and equipment necessary for the project including the approximate quantities:  9,800 LF of sanitary sewer (30-in and 48-in FRPMP), 1,100 LF of tunneling, 22 EA sanitary manholes (approx. 640 VF), traffic control, erosion control surface restoration and miscellaneous related work and appurtenances.

Bidding documents may be obtained only from QuestCDN. Access the QuestCDN ftp site to view and download bid information and documents for a non-refundable fee of $20.00. Input QuestCDN eBidDoc No. 5927931 on the website's Project Search page. No password is required. Contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in downloading and working with the digital documents.

16th Street Reconstruction - Oakes Road to Green Bay Road & 16th Street Transmission Water Main Relay

Submissions Due: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Pre-Bid Meeting: A Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406. 

Anticipated Contract Award Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Overview: A summary of the proposed improvements includes: clearing and grubbing, pavement sawcutting, pavement and storm sewer removals, water main and storm sewer installation, construction of storm water bio retention areas, curb and gutter. excavation, signing and pavement marking. concrete pavement, traffic control, pavement patching, traffic signal loop detector replacement. restoration. and erosion control. Major work items and approximate quantities include: 25,500 square yards of concrete pavement, 9,800 linear feet of curb and gutter, 11,300 tons of base aggregate dense, 7,800 linear feet of varied sized (12-inch through 72-inch) reinforced concrete storm sewer pipe, 9,000 linear feet of 36-inch water main, 760 linear feet of 6-inch through 24-inch water main and associated appurtenances, 25,000 feet of pavement marking, 700 square feet of MSE retaining wall, and 20,000 cubic yards of excavation common. 

Contract Documents are on file and open for inspection during normal business hours at the following locations: R.A. Smith, Inc. at 16745 West Bluemound Road, Suite 200, Brookfield, WI 53005, the Village of Mount Pleasant at 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, Wl 53406, and Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. at W233 N2080 Ridgeview Parkway, Waukesha, WI 53188. Bid documents may be examined online at www.rasmith.com/questcdn.htm or downloaded at info@questcdn.com under login after August 23, 2018, for a non-refundable fee of $40.00. Input QuestCDN eBidDoc No. 5905275 on the website's Project Search page. Contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in downloading this project information or for assistance in membership registration. 

Recent Announcements

Press Releases

ICYMI: Foxconn Announces $100 Million Gift to UW-Madison

MADISON – Foxconn announced a gift of $100 million to University of Wisconsin-Madison on Monday which will help fund research at the College of Engineering.

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Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual Create $100 Million Venture Fund

The Wisconn Valley Venture Fund is a unique partnership among four leading companies to create one of the largest funds based in Wisconsin to drive innovation

Milwaukee, WI — Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn Technology Group, Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual will come together as equal partners to create the new $100 million Wisconn Valley Venture Fund. The early-stage venture capital fund will invest both nationally and globally, targeting transformative and interdisciplinary innovations in health care, technology, manufacturing and financial services.

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Foxconn Bonus Continues: New $100 Million Wisconn Valley Venture Fund Created to Drive Innovation in Wisconsin

Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual partner to advance innovative technology through $100 million venture capital fund

MILWAUKEE – Governor Scott Walker today joined company leaders from Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn, Johnson Controls, and Northwestern Mutual to announce a new $100 million venture capital fund to target innovations in health care, technology, manufacturing, and financial services. The Wisconn Valley Venture Fund will create innovation and strategic business development throughout Wisconsin, with each organization contributing $25 million to the fund. Today's news comes on the heels of Foxconn's $100 million gift to the University of Wisconsin – Madison to establish a research partnership.

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$100 Million Foxconn Gift Launches Major New Partnership With UW–Madison

Agreement signed to establish Foxconn Institute for Research in Science and Technology and to pursue further collaboration in research, education and scientific outreach

Madison, WI – Foxconn Technology Group and its Chairman and Founder Terry Gou today announced plans to invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, while also creating the framework for a science and technology institute that will collaborate closely with the company's facilities in southeast Wisconsin.

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From the News

Workers begin installing walls of the first building on the Foxconn campus in Racine County

August 30, 2018

By James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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InsideWis: As Wisconsin's corporate 'new kid,' Foxconn motivating right playmates

August 30, 2018

By Tom Still, The Tech Council

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New Wisconsin venture capital fund has the potential to be a watershed moment

August 29, 2018

By David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Journal Times editorial: Foxconn's impact spreads all across Wisconsin

August 29, 2018

By The Journal Times Editorial Board 

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Editorial: Foxconn, UW-Madison pushing the boundaries of knowledge

August 29, 2018

By Neil Heinen, Channel 3000 WISC-TV

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Mount Pleasant transfers more land to Foxconn; approves $150M in bonding to build infrastructure

August 28, 2018

By Nate Beck, Daily Reporter

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Racine leads state in unemployment decrease

August 27, 2018

By Christina Lieffring, Racine Journal Times

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Exclusive: Foxconn's Woo says employment needs evolving to more engineers, less assembly

August 23, 2018

By Mark Kass, Milwaukee Business Journal

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One-third of Foxconn site prepped, but training challenge remains

Project on track for vertical construction beginning Sept. 1

August 20, 2018

By Arthur Thomas, BizTimes


The Wisconn Valley News is published every other week and designed to keep interested individuals up to date on Foxconn construction plans, infrastructure improvements, traffic pattern updates, and more.  Local elected officials, suppliers, contractors and members of the public are encouraged to turn to the Wisconn Valley News for the latest project status, road updates, next steps, and interesting facts.  When appropriate, special bulletins will also be distributed to ensure the most timely information possible.