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

Saint John's On The Lake Campus
Milwaukee, WI

$61,000,000+ (all inclusive)

Self-Performed Work
Demolition, Concrete and Carpentry


Team Leader

Jason Schneider
Partner/Director of Project Management


Project Details

South Tower
■ 22-story, 285,000 square foot independent living complex, 87 units
■ Health and wellness center; cardovascular weight room, aerobic and class area,
   swimming pool and lockers

■ Cultural arts center/art gallery/classroom, bistro and common areas

Canterbury Court Renovations
■ Renovation of multipurpose room into eight (8) new suites
■ Updates to 16 suites
■ New carpeting, cabinets, fixtures and bathrooms
■ Renovations also made to the common area as well as corridor enhancements,
   kitchen remodeling, dining remodeling, lighting upgrades, fire alarm upgrades
   and mechanical upgrades


North Tower Renovations
■ VJS coordinated all cosmetic upgrades
■ Coordination of customization by incoming residents
■ New corridors which included new carpeting, wall covering, resident
   entry doors, handrails, ceilings and new lighting
■ The fire protection system and fire alarm system were also updated
   within the corridor and resident units

North Tower Addition
■ Project consisted of both an addition and remodeling
■ The existing 87 one-bed units with shared bath were converted to
   52 expanded one-bed units with private bath
■ Addition of a tower dining room and kitchen
■ Renovations to both floors of the Health Care Center
■ Expansion of Saint John's chapel
■ Enhancements to the entrance and lobby
■ New mechanical system


Exceptional Results


"Our experience working with VJS was one of a true partnership. They were transparent and honorable."

- Renee Anderson, President
Saint John's On The Lake


VJS started working with Saint John's On The Lake in 1993. VJS considers itself to be a project partner in all construction-related activities. 

Some of the project challenges/solutions included the following:
■ High Rise/Congested Neighborhood: Effective communication strategies with City officials and neighbors, minimized disruptions to the neighborhood.
■ Urban Setting/Tower Crane: Required careful coordination with the neighbors and city officials to minimize impact on traffic patterns and pedestrian traffic.
■ High Traffic/Vehicle/Pedestrians/Residents: Safety of the public and residents was of paramount importance. A site specific safety plan along with precise
   execution enabled us to experience zero injuries for the workers on the site and the public.
■ High-End Customized Condos - VJS worked closely with each individual condo owner customizing their new home. In essence, we had not one client but
   89 clients. Coordination and a team dedicated only handling resident selection made the process seamless.
■ Project endured numerous delays due to the recession. VJS continued to refine budget while increasing value and provided assistance in the sales of units.

ENR Midwest/Best Projects Award, 2012
Mayor's Design Award, City of Milwaukee, 2012
Design for Aging Review, AIA, 2012
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Best CCRC or Independent/Assisted Living - Silver Award, 2012
Milwaukee Business Journal - Real Estate Award, 2012
Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association - Design Award, 2012
The Daily Reporter - Top Projects Award, 2011

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