Hunzinger Construction is currently managing the construction of the new entertainment block as part of the downtown arena development in Milwaukee.
The entertainment block which will span Fourth Street from W. Highland Ave. to W. Juneau Ave., is a central element of the master design plan for the new arena and surrounding development. It will feature an active space designed for year-round community use featuring a mixture of dining, entertainment and retail. The block will serve as an important connection between the new arena and existing commercial activity along Old World Third Street.
Good City Brewery is the first tenant announced by the Bucks development. The 11,000 sq. ft. taproom will include food, Good City brews and products from other Wisconsin craft breweries.
The Bucks recently announced that Punch Bowl Social, a Denver based restaurant and bar, will open adjacent to the new arena in Spring 2019. They will open on two levels of the entertainment block at 320 W Highland Ave, occupying 24,000 sq. ft which includes a 1,249 sq. ft. upper-level deck.
We’ve recently started constructing two large towers that will be a part of a “beer garden walkway” to directly link North Old World 3rd Street to the Milwaukee Bucks Arena.
The towers and walkway are being constructed between The Loaded Slate and Ugly’s on Old World 3rd Street. The towers will have a canopy protecting the path and gathering areas.
The 2,000 sq. ft. project will extend between two buildings currently under construction in the entertainment block, which includes the nearly completed plaza outside the front entrance to the arena.
The beer garden plans to have informal seating, gathering areas, a long gas fireplace and a large screen TV. About 75% of the beer garden will be under the canopy.
“We are honored to join the Buck’s team for this exciting project,” Hunzinger Construction Company President John Hunzinger said. “We feel privileged to be associated with the Bucks and to contribute to their vision for the renaissance of downtown Milwaukee. This is a great opportunity for our firm.”
The entertainment block, designed by Rinka Chung Architecture, also features balconies, terraces and rooftop spaces. Its design touches include exposed steel, aluminum, wood and brick — homages to Milwaukee’s industrial heritage.
The project is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
Renderings courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks and Rinka Chung Architecture