VJS Construction Services; construction firm, milwaukee, wisconsin, general contractors, construction managers, and design builders

Prairie Apartments
Milwaukee, WI



Self-Performed Work
Demolition, Concrete and Carpentry

Team Leader

Chris Sauve; VJS Construction Services, Milwaukee, WI

Chris Sauvé
Partner/Vice President


Project Details 

■ New construction
■ 18,900 square feet apartment building
■ Three stories
■ 24 units - includes studios and one bedroom supportive housing
■ LEED® for Homes Gold Certified

■  LEED® project scope includes, a licensed landscape designer, Energy Star appliances and windows, recycled flooring materials, a Mecho Shade system, high efficiency lighting and mechanical systems including low flow plumbing fixtures and a TPO white membrane roof
■ Six units are ADA accessible


Exceptional Results

As a way to boost the area workforce, VJS Construction Services worked with subcontractors and The Guest House to provide training and employment opportunities to residents throughout construction of Prairie Apartments. Following a job skill assessment, WHEDA worked with WRTP/BIG STEP, a job training organization, and VJS to identify a group of candidates deemed suitable for immediate training and placement. Several residents worked in masonry, painting and cleaning. In addition, four residents were hired to provide security on the site. Those who required further steps to get through the training component participated in a skills assessment and improvement program. VJS had over thirty percent of EBE contractor participation which exceeds both the City of Milwaukee and WHEDA participation goals.

To date, 11 current or former residents of The Guest House have been trained in the electrical, plumbing, flooring, roofing, and masonry trades. In addition, two of the participants have been placed on other WHEDA projects and still others utilized the WRTP/BIG STEP manufacturing training component to secure other job opportunities. In particular, one man working in masonry finished The Guest House program and moved into an apartment of his own. VJS continues to use residents of The Guest House as apprentices on their projects.

LEED® for Homes Gold Certified (First Project in Wisconsin to Receive this Certification)
Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women (WCREW )Vision Achievement Award, 2009
The Daily Reporter / Wisconsin Builder Top Projects, 2008

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