Bayshore: Enjoying a new life as a vibrant, open-air destination


When it came time to reinvent this well-established 47-acre shopping center in Glendale, Hunzinger Construction was up to the task.

Over a three-year period, the company breathed new life into the Bayshore Town Center, an open-air, mixed-use complex with restaurants, offices and residential units. Among the most noticeable changes was the name. Today, the property is simply called Bayshore.

Plans for the renovation called for the construction of 13 buildings with connections to parts of the existing mall. The complex now features more than 60 retail stores, including Kohl’s, Barnes & Noble, one of the area’s two Apple stores and a Target.

The new center also has more than 1.1 million square feet of mixed-use space, all of it designed by Development Design Group of Baltimore and Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee. The work more than doubled the size of the mall. The extensive renovation and construction took place in an occupied and fully functioning environment.

Parking had to be maintained throughout the project as well.

“We were able to successfully coordinate this extraordinarily complex, multiphased project without any loss or interruption to the mall’s businesses,” said Kevin Johnson, senior project manager for Hunzinger.

Construction on the project began in July 2019 and was completed in October 2021.

Hunzinger’s responsibilities included structural modifications, reinforcements and improvements, and the installation of new HVAC, plumbing infrastructure, electrical switchgear and primary-service distribution systems, building-entrance assemblies and vertical-transportation assemblies.

Bayshore now has a vibrant year-round appeal and an engaging setting. The redeveloped town center features distinct aesthetic elements, including a self-guided Bayshore Art Walk, local retailers and restaurants, The Yard and an indoor rotunda for gatherings and entertainment, as well as sites for a select-service hotel and new residential units.

ULINE W8 & I7 Warehouse and Distribution Center projects undeterred by pandemic


Hunzinger Construction served as construction manager for the site development and new construction of two warehouse and distribution centers for Uline.

Despite the pandemic, Hunzinger kept the site open and working — and even delivered the buildings to the owner two months early.

When Hunzinger broke ground in late March 2020, the project site’s 110 undeveloped acres required significant infrastructure work: storm-water management, grading and infrastructure improvements and new site utilities and paving.

Hunzinger’s virtual design and construction coordination helped with the coordination of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire-protection work.

The two buildings are: W8, a more than 1 million-square-foot multi-function warehouse and distribution center with offices for support functions; and “I7,” a 647,000-square-foot distribution center and warehouse. Hunzinger also managed the expansion of Uline’s central utility plant to provide space for two backup generators.

These were Hunzinger’s third of four projects on Uline’s Kenosha campus. W8 is the largest of several immense warehouses on the campus, having a 91,500-pound generator, 272 dock doors, 981 skylights, and 4,224 high-bay light fixtures. The I7 building has an additional 590 skylights. Rooftop HVAC units and various gas-piping systems were delivered using 400 helicopter picks.

The project’s truck courts have 27,200 yards of concrete, the interior building has 45,484 yards of concrete and its pond area occupies 11.85 acres. One of its retaining ponds is large enough to be classified as a lake.

At Uline’s request, Hunzinger and its subcontractor team were able to shorten the schedule by three months. Uline wanted early occupancy to begin stocking product but, because of material shortages and supply-chain disruptions, was unable to obtain its racking in time. Even so, they were able to move in two months early.

Full occupancy came at the end of July 2021. Eppstein Uhen Architects served as the project architect; Pierce Engineers (structural), Pinnacle Engineering Group (civil), and Ring & DuChateau (MEP) rounded out the design team.

The project was completed with no lost-time accidents and — pandemic or not — no job-site shutdowns.

Hunzinger delivers Komatsu waterfront headquarters on time despite COVID


When Komatsu Mining Corp. decided to build its waterfront headquarters in Milwaukee’s Harbor District, the company turned to Hunzinger Construction to oversee the project.

The eventual result sits on a 57-acre brownfield site redevelopment and includes a new, three-story, 180,000-square-foot office and experience center with a 650-vehicle parking structure.

The project was designed and built to green building standards with the goal of reducing energy consumption by 75% and reducing water consumption by 80%. The project achieved a LEED V4 Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Hunzinger served as the general contractor on the project, and Eppstein Uhen Architects headed up the design team. GRAEF was the lead engineering firm.

The project was started during the pandemic, leading to many difficulties.

“Hunzinger enacted strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols that were conscientiously adhered to allowing us to work throughout the pandemic without a day lost or widespread shut down of the project,” said Joan Zepecki, director of corporate affairs and Equity & Inclusion coordinator.

“We did enhanced site cleaning multiple times a day, wore masks to comply with the city of Milwaukee’s mandate, monitored workers for symptoms and social distanced whenever possible. The procedures that we all had to work under brought a new element to the field work, a new level of supervision and monitoring that we have never experienced before. We continue to work under our COVID-19 protocols and to this day have never had a shutdown of a project, even for one day, as a result of COVID-19.”

The new campus allows Komatsu to combine operations from two of its three Milwaukee-area buildings: one off West National Avenue in West Milwaukee and the Honey Creek Corporate Center in Wauwatosa. Representatives from the Milwaukee Department of City Development said it was the largest brownfield redevelopment project in the U.S. while it was under construction, Zepecki added.