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

Badger Middle School
West Bend, WI


Self-Performed Work
Selective Demolition, Concrete and Carpentry

Team Leader

Chad Bathke, VJS Construction Services, Milwaukee, WI

Chad Bathke
Partner/Chief Operating Officer


Project Details

■ Pre-referendum planning
■ 125,171 square foot new construction replaces all of the facility’s former classrooms
■ Three-story academic wing supports grades 6-8 and utilizes a “house” concept
■ Science classrooms
■ Large multi-purpose space along with teacher and student support spaces
■ Historical renovation

■ During the summer of 2011, 127,405 square feet of the existing building
   was raised, while the remaining portions of the building were renovated
   with new lighting, mechanical systems and finishes
■ New track, football and soccer fields
■ The school now has a student capacity of 900 
■ Occupied site


Exceptional Results

VJS worked with the District in facility analysis and referendum planning prior to the successful referendum for the new middle school. VJS provided numerous studies and budgets with pros and cons throughout the pre-referendum process. In addition, VJS developed a “Scenarios Program” that allowed the board and committee to evaluate multiple options at the work sessions which provided immediate costing of the new options and provided details for the board to facilitate deciding on the most value based options to consider. 

For this project, VJS reviewed our local subcontractor database to determine companies that were located within the District or surrounding areas. As a result, the following accomplishments were achieved:

■ 200,000 on-site manpower hours
■ 104 Full-time jobs
■ 54% of all workers lived in district
■ 58 local full-time construction positions
■ 13 of 35 bid packages awarded to local companies including manufacturers and
   material suppliers

VJS also held a World of Construction Fair at Badger Middle School. This provided students the opportunity to be brought into the construction world - providing them with insight on construction careers and a first hand understanding of what it takes to change and enhance our physical environment.


World of Construction Fair - Over 200 attendees

"VJS has been a great partner who has acted with integrity, advocated strongly and aggressively for our best interests, all the while constructing quality building and standing behind their work.”

- Ted Neitzke, Superintendent
West Bend Joint School District



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