Wisconn Valley News - August 3, 2018

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Project Status


Second Round Information Sessions

The second round of General Information Sessions for Contractors have wrapped up.  Sessions were held in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison and two sessions in Sturtevant.  Approximately 800 attendees participated in the five sessions.  Attendees received a project update, bid release schedule, procurement process overview and a briefing on Wisconsin First inclusion efforts.  A copy of the presentation will soon be available on wisconnvalley.wi.gov.

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Site Work

Last week, 37 additional contracts were announced for the Multipurpose Building.  In total, 71 Wisconsin companies have been awarded contracts for site excavation and multipurpose building work.  

On site, there are approximately 120 workers and excavation equipment is around 120 pieces.  Approximately 75 percent of topsoil has been cleared and 15 percent of the cut and fill work has been completed on the total site of Phase 1 of Area 1. Cut and fill work for the Multipurpose Building pad has been completed and construction is expected to begin this month.  

RFP: 611 East Wisconsin

Last week, a Request for Proposal was issued for architects and engineers to provide design services to modernize and enhance Foxconn's recently purchased building in downtown Milwaukee at 611 East Wisconsin Ave.  The building will be home to Foxconn's North American corporate headquarters and Wisconn Valley Innovation Center in Milwaukee.  RFPs are due by Monday, August 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

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Road Updates


Work is underway on the International Drive development road project. The project will construct a four-lane urban roadway linking the existing roadway with WIS 11. The project is set for completion in late 2019. The roadway will be a concrete paved surface with a median. A new box culvert will be constructed at Hoods Creek as a part of this project. Once all work is complete, the roadway will serve as an additional north-south connection between WIS 11 and WIS 20. All work is weather dependent.

Work has also started on Braun Road between the East Frontage Road and County H. The roadway will be a concrete paved surface with a median and multi-use paths included in the design. The multi-use paths will be constructed under a future project.  A new box culvert will be constructed at the Kilbourn Road ditch as a part of this project. Once all work is complete, the roadway will serve as an east-west connection serving Wisconn Valley Way. All work is weather dependent. Only local construction traffic will be allowed on Braun Road during construction.

Willow Road construction is progressing. This one-half mile extension of Willow Road will create a new north-south roadway connection between Braun Road and WIS 11 on the east side of the Village of Mount Pleasant.

Construction crews working on the intersection at County KR and the East Frontage Road were able to finish work ahead of time and reopen the access to eastbound County KR. County KR remains closed to I-94 North-South as work continues on the new northbound structure on I-94.

Work is picking up along I-94 North-South. Kraut Road, between the Frontage Roads, is now closed to traffic until mid-December to allow for the new northbound structure to be constructed. Demolition of the old structure will be completed this week. Golf Road will be closed short term to allow for the demolition of the northbound structure. This work is expected to be completed by Monday with the roadway opened back up to traffic on Wednesday, August 8, weather permitting. Once Golf Road is reopened, County K will have a 50-day closure which will begin in August and will allow for the construction of the new bridge structure.

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Demolition of County A along the I-94 North-South project

What's Next

MPB Rendering

Site Construction & Design

Construction of the Multipurpose Building will start this month.  Hauling around the Area 1 site is anticipated to reach its peak in the next couple of weeks.  The construction of Advanced Display Fabrication Facilities Buildings is expected to begin in early to middle of 2019.

Hammes Company serves as Foxconn's lead partner in planning infrastructure and other development activities. The Wisconsin First commitment will be followed by Hammes Company as well as other developers participating in the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park development.  Planning of the nearly 3,000 acre campus began in June 2018 and will continue throughout the year.

Construction Bid Releases

Bid Releases 1 and 2 have been awarded for Site Development and the Multipurpose Building.  Bid Release 3 for Site Utilities, Roadways, Power Substation, and Logistics is expected to be announced in Q3/Q4 2018.  Bid Release 4 for Long Lead Material, Equipment, Systems and Bid Release 5 for Foundations and Underground Distribution are both anticipated for Q1/Q2 2019.



Supply Chain

Part of Foxconn's Wisconsin First commitment includes utilizing Wisconsin companies for its supply chain needs.  Foxconn has linked up with the Supply Chain Marketplace to select and source suppliers.  The first categories of supplier needs are plastic injection molding and metal stamping.  Plug into the online supply chain directory that enables companies to connect with suppliers and buyers and post RFPs at www.wisupplychainmarketplace.com.

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.  More information will be available at www.wisupplychainmarketplace.com soon.



Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is partnering with other state agencies as well as local organizations to host two Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions in on August 15 and August 24.  These sessions are designed to help smaller contractors gain access to the capital and workforce they need to compete more effectively for Wisconn Valley related contracts.  Click the button below to register for a session.

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Local Monthly Update

The next local monthly update meeting for the Foxconn project will take place on Monday, August 20, 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.    

Interesting Facts

The statewide impact of Wisconn Valley construction, road work, sewer and water main work, and demolition work includes:

  • 24 Wisconsin Counties
  • 57 Wisconsin Communities
  • 136 Wisconsin Companies
  • 94% of total contracts have been awarded to Wisconsin companies

Bid Opportunities

WisDOT Bid Opportunities for Road Work

Proposal ID #4: Wisconn Valley Way, Box Culvert; CTH KR, Village of Mt. Pleasant, Kilbourn Road Ditch Box Culvert

Submissions Due: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Contractor Workshop: There is no contractor workshop for this project

Contract Award Date: The contract award date is dependent on the bids received on August 14.

Overview: Work involves preparatory work to install drainage structures in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stream and migratory bird limitation timeframes. Installing these culverts ahead of the roadway projects protects area resources, leverages adjacent road construction closures and facilitates the next phase of roadway lets in late fall.

Information on pre-bid workshops, letting dates and electronic plans is posted here: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/contractors/hcci/bid-let/2018/20180612.aspx

Request for Proposals (RFP)

611 E. Wisconsin

Submission Due: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CDT

Information and Matchmaking Session: By invitation following submittal of Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Contract Award Date: The contract award date is dependent on the bids received on August 14.

Overview: FEWI Development Corp. invites proposals from Architects and Engineers to provide Masterplan and Design services as indicated herein. Such services are required for a project located at 611 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Services may further be needed, at owner's option, for one or more additional buildings/sites located elsewhere within Wisconsin.


Invitation for RFP

Recent Announcements

Press Releases

Foxconn Issues Request for Proposals for Upgrades and Modernization of Company's North American Corporate Headquarters in Downtown Milwaukee

Office Will Serve as Important Link to Innovation Centers Across Wisconsin, Play Vital Role in Talent Recruitment and Development Efforts, and Showcase the Vibrant AI 8K+5G Ecosystem that Foxconn is Building

Milwaukee, WI – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) announced today it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architects and engineers to provide design services to modernize and enhance its North American corporate headquarters at 611 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Downtown Milwaukee.

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Foxconn Awards Contracts to 37 Companies with Wisconsin Operations for Construction of Multipurpose Building at Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park

Continues to Fulfill 'Wisconsin First' Commitment; Includes Businesses Owned by Women, Veterans and Minorities from Across the State

Milwaukee, WI – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) and its general contractor M+W | Gilbane (Gilbane) announced today a new set of more than three dozen companies who have been awarded contracts to help construct the Multipurpose Building at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park campus in Mount Pleasant.  All 37 of the companies have Wisconsin operations.

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WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan, DOA Secretary Ellen Nowak recognize Merrill Steel for role in Foxconn construction

Merrill Steel is one of eight Wisconsin companies awarded contracts for the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park's Multipurpose Building

SCHOFIELD, WI – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary Mark R. Hogan and Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Secretary Ellen Nowak highlighted the statewide reach and benefits of Foxconn's $10 billion investment in Wisconsin today by visiting Merrill Steel in Schofield.

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From the News

Foxconn and WEC Energy are discussing a huge potential solar array for Mount Pleasant complex

August 1, 2018

By Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Top Foxconn Exec Tells--And Sells--the Foxconn Story to a UW-P Audience

July 31, 2018


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Foxconn effect in play as developers buy 76 acres along Highway 20

July 31, 2018

By Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal

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Foxconn spurs housing project at old Downtown YMCA

July 30, 2018

By Michael Burke, Racine Journal Times 

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Journal Times editorial: A look at Foxconn's fringe benefits

July 22, 2018

The Journal Times Editorial Board 

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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.