As a member of a national design team, Zimmerman provided construction administration services and leadership for the local zoning and code approval process for this 19-story, 381-room hotel. Our Menomonee River Valley location, just minutes away from the project site, was an ideal location from which to provide support of Potawatomi’s internationally recognized design team. Zimmerman’s also provided work-space and on-site areas where various full scale mock-ups, including guest rooms and exterior wall sections, were constructed for design and materials evaluation purposes.
The materials and color of the hotel’s base reflect the character of the industrial buildings throughout Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, as well as the existing casino. Reflecting the modern entertainment offered within the expanded resort, the tower rises from its masonry base adorned in a combination of green-tinted transparent and opaque glass to take on the look of Lake Michigan’s shimmery waves on a sunny day. A “floating” prow-like roofline houses several suites, and a modern glass enclosed “flame” at the top of the hotel references the Forest County Potawatomi’s role as “Keepers of the Fire.”
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Size: 370,000 s.f.
Services Provided: Architectural Planning and Design, Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
Completion Date(s): 2015
Contractor / Construction Manager: Gilbane Construction
Awards: 18th Annual City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Design Award, 2015
Best Projects of 2015 – Award of Merit
NEWH Las Vegas
11th Annual HOSPY Award – Best LEED CI Project, 2014
The Daily Reporter
(Wisconsin) Top Projects, 2014
Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, LEED-AP
Vice President | Senior Design Architect | Sustainability Specialist