Highland Commons, now 50 units of permanent supportive housing with, replaced an obsolete church residence that housed persons recovering from mental illness. Wisconsin’s state Housing agency asked Cardinal Capital Management to take the location into receivership and operate the building until we could replace it. Cardinal Capital obliged and, in doing so, preserved the zoning right to operate a supportive housing facility in that location. Cardinal Construction was responsible for demolition of the obsolete facility. Because there was so much concrete and steel rebar in the old facility, our construction team had to adjust the work schedule while unanticipated materials were separated and properly recycled. Despite the delay, we finished the project on time and within budget.
Empowerment Village - Lincoln
Our Space, a non-profit that provides supportive services to those with mental illness, worked out of what used to be a funeral home. In YEAR, they worked with Cardinal Construction to build a replacement. Engaged neighborhood residents were interested in how the new building would fit in the neighborhood, so we held multiple meetings with neighborhood leaders for design suggestions. The conversations led to a contemporary building that both upholds the neighborhood feel and serves the mission of Our Space.
The conversations with neighbors also allowed us to identify a potential issue to the property within inches of EV Lincoln. The slope and orientation of our building’s roof could have resulted in serious snow drifting in Wisconsin’s winters for the neighbor. Our engineers calculated what the new slope of the neighbors roof needed to be and we modified that roof to avoid future problems in a responsible way.
Empowerment Village - National
Empowerment Village National presented an exciting construction challenge: demolish a building attached to a historic structure to create 35 apartments and office space. Cardinal wanted to rehabilitate the historic building, which was built in the very early 1900s with its own foundation, as office space and demolish the structure it shared walls with to create 35 apartments. Cardinal Construction had to consider the demolition process very thoughtfully: the structure that would soon be 35 apartments had to be demolished without causing damage to the historic building that was to be rehabilitated.
This infill project also required us to “underpin,” or support, the alley while we replaced the foundation that was in place to prevent the alley from collapsing. This merging of old with new was also challenging from an interior structural perspective: none of the floor-to-ceiling heights aligned from the 100-year-old structure to the new structure. We solved the problem with extra elevator stops and interior ramping.
The historical structure became the new home of Our Space, a supportive services non-profit, which replaced their old headquarters. Their previous location became Empowerment Village Lincoln.
Farwell Studio apartments on Milwaukee’s East side was built in 1928. It originally had three commercial storefronts and 37 studio apartments. Buildings built in 1928 didn’t have much accessibility or any standard safety features.
In order to renovate the building to modern standards, we cut two holes in the building: a horizontal hole to connect the street the building faces to the residential section, and a vertical hole to install an elevator. When we acquired the building, it still had most of its original plumbing and wiring from the ‘20s. We replaced the plumbing and wiring, updated the apartments, and replaced a very inefficient boiler with individual (DEVICE HVAC NAME) that also brought air conditioning into the building for the first time ever. We did reduce the number of apartments from 37 to 34 to allow for the elevator shaft, but increased occupancy and added decades to the useful life of the property.
United House was our first building built for persons recovering from mental illness. The process required our legal staff to combine multiple lots and our construction staff to demolish one empty house. We were able to complete this project on time and within budget when our company staff volunteered to complete the landscaping in one very fun afternoon.