FCPC Concordia Campus Visioning & Consulting
The former Concordia Campus, an 11-acre parcel of land in downtown Milwaukee, was put into Trust in 1988 for the Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin. After years of lying dormant, the tribe engaged Irgens to consult on the use and revitalization of this property. Irgens immediately conducted a successful visioning exercise with tribe elders and other stakeholders. This activity led to the development of several ‘guiding principles’ that the tribe and Irgens used to create concrete goals and objectives for the impending project. From there, Irgens assembled a qualified project team and worked hand in hand with them to analyze the existing buildings. The redevelopment concept had to balance the unique needs of the Tribe with the surrounding historic neighborhood and City of Milwaukee requirements. The concept also created a public-private campus which strives to achieve the highest levels of environmental sustainability (LEED®) while working within the strict confines of historic facility rehabilitation standards. The long term goal for the campus is to meet the Tribes administrative needs while creating a sound economic foundation for the future of the Tribe and Concordia Neighborhood.
Irgens’ detailed analysis and planning led to the creation of a multi-phase development strategy which included plans for demolishing the buildings that were beyond repair, redeveloping several historic properties and bringing them up to code, clearing much of the land and paving the way for a new facility development. The project is underway and those involved anticipate it will take 10-15 years to implement. The initial project, the rehabilitation of Wunder Hall, received a DOE energy grant, LEED® certification and historic tax credits.
“This is really about jobs. It’s about economic development. It’s about economic growth. And with the tribe being at this location, I know that we will be able to actualize that. Now having the tribe involved, will just allow for this campus, this neighborhood, this area to grow leaps and bounds.”