Wisconn Valley News - June 22, 2018

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Foxconn overview

An aeral view of the northwest corner of Phase One taken June 15. (Photo courtesy of Curtis Waltz / aerialscapes.com)

Project Status

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Foxconn Designates Downtown Milwaukee Building as North American HQ

Foxconn is establishing its North American Corporate Headquarters in downtown Milwaukee after closing on its purchase of a seven-story office building located at 611 E. Wisconsin Avenue. More than 500 employees will work at the building, which will also serve as a Foxconn Innovation Center. The center will work with startup companies and entrepreneurs to develop applications for AI 8K+5G display technology that Foxconn is creating.

"We are excited to establish our North America Corporate Headquarters in the heart of the central business district close to the lakefront and near a lot of the other developments helping make Milwaukee a city on the move," said Dr. Louis Woo, Special Assistant to Foxconn Founder and CEO Terry Gou, at a June 15 conference. He was joined at the announcement by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, City Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

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New Study Says Foxconn Stormwater Controls Will Protect Watershed From Flooding

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) has released its floodplain evaluation of the Des Plaines River Watershed portion of the Foxconn development. The report found that the proposed stormwater controls for the area, based on existing stormwater ordinances, will effectively protect the watershed from downstream flooding.

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Foxconn Announces Plan for Water Recycling That Will Dramatically Reduce Daily Lake Michigan Water Intake

Foxconn officials have announced plans to implement a state-of-the-art water recycling system at its $10 billion Science and Technology Park in Racine County that will dramatically reduce the water intake from Lake Michigan and all but eliminate industrial discharge.

Foxconn officials said they intend to use zero liquid discharge (ZLD) technology, which the company believes will reduce water intake at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park by more than 3.5 million gallons per day to 2.5 million gallons per day.

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Construction Update

At least 95 pieces of excavation equipment have arrived at the future site of the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Mount Pleasant as site preparation work continues. 

About 500,000 cubic yards of earth has been moved to date and within In the next four (4) weeks aggregate for the master plan building preparation will commence with up to 1,000 loads of aggregate per day. Current work includes erosion control, mass excavation, storm water management and testing work. Work is continuing on preparing design plans and the construction execution plan for Area 1, Phase 1.

Road Updates

Frontage road

South Segment work gets moving

Work begins in earnest Friday evening with traffic on I-94 northbound being shifted onto the southbound side of the Interstate. The project limits are between WIS 142 and WIS 20 with only two lanes of traffic being available for the traveling public. This configuration remains in place until late fall 2018, when traffic is shifted back and three lanes will be available. The work this summer will construct the northbound lanes of the freeway and reconstruct the structures over the local roads. The project will also reconstruct the interchanges at County E and County KR, in addition to WIS 11.

Frontage roads work nearing completion

Work on both the east and west frontage roads is progressing well and sections of the roadway are opening to traffic. The project, which began early in 2018, is reconstructing the frontage roads between County KR and WIS 20. Once this is fully complete, it will provide a viable alternate route for I-94 traffic.

I-94 North South Team Continues Public Outreach with Infrastructure Meetings

The I-94 North-South project team hosted its second infrastructure meeting at the Gateway Technical College iMET Center on Thursday, June 14th. A good crowd was on hand to hear an update on the current and future road work in the area. A question and answer session followed the presentation with project staff available to discuss project details with the attendees. The next monthly meeting will be held on Monday, July 9th starting at 4:30 p.m. in the iMET Center.

What's Next

An I-94 North South Team Public Outreach Infrastructure Meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Gateway Technical College iMETCenter, 2320 Renaissance Blvd, Sturtevant.

Recent Announcements

From the News

Foxconn aiming to hire 3,000 veterans

June 21, 2108
Arthur Thomas, BizTimes

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Contract signed, work scheduled to start on I-94

June 19, 2108
Racine Journal-Times


WisDOT names 14 subcontractors for $168 million I-94 reconstruction

June 18, 2108
Nate Beck, Daily Reporter


Racine Works training program to help build needed workforce

June 18, 2018
Rex Davenport, Racine County Eye


Construction work underway

Foxconn construction crewers working into the evenning on Friday, June 15. (Photo courtesy of Curtis Waltz / aerialscapes.com)

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.