(May 10, 2012) For the second time within a month the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District has been recognized for the District’s purchase out of receivership, renovation, consolidation, and repurposing the former Allis-Chalmers Executive Office Building and Tractor Factory Office Building located on South 70th Street in the heart of downtown West Allis, and center of the School District, into revenue generating buildings. This time The Daily Reporter, a trade publication for Wisconsin state-wide commercial construction, presented the WAWM Schools an award for “Top Projects of 2011”. This is the 13th consecutive year that this print publication has recognized top architectural and construction projects throughout Wisconsin. The West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools were one of 30 projects state-wide to receive this award. The West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools are in exclusive company, as other projects to receive the award this year include The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Marquette University Engineering Hall, the Summerfest South End Development project, the UW-Parkside Rita Tallent Pickens Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, and the Zippin’ Pippin’ Roller Coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, to name a few. The South 70th Street facilities house the School District offices, programs, and departments as well as the Recreation Department, Maintenance, MIS, Food Service, professional development, community meeting rooms, and the Alternative Learning Center. A community room was also established, called the Allis-Chalmers Room, and is dedicated to the original builder and tenant of the facility and has a number of photos depicting the history of Allis-Chalmers in West Allis. In addition, the lower floors of each of the facilities are rented out to agencies and businesses with a similar mission to the School District. As we have noted in an earlier article, the revenue generated from these rentals covers the total operational costs of the entire facility but also generates over $600,000 in additional revenue which supports programs. This is extremely important especially during these very challenging financial times for education.
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