October 2021 Project Spotlight | Parterre at Emerald Row

October 27, 2021

Parterre at Emerald Row is a new multi-family development within Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek, WI. The 348,000 SF project is the second phase of the Emerald Row Apartments and consists of two four-story buildings with below grade parking and brings 240 apartments to the market.

The scale and materiality of Parterre compliment her sister-building, Emerald Row, located directly to the north. Staying true with the early 17th century origins, Parterre provides exceptional greenspace with ornamental courtyards mirroring the decorative gardens of the past. A preserved moss wall installation is also featured in the lobby of the North Building. Various amenities are also on site like high-end resident finishes, a bocce ball court, swimming pool, meditative tearoom, movie theater, storefront exercise area, and private patios and balconies with decorative pavers accenting the landscape.

The development sits directly across from Oak Creek City Hall on a tight urban site, which inherently hinders logistics and restrains use of heavy equipment. However, through consistent and transparent communication the team overcame these holdups and maintained positive relationships with the City. Efforts included notification of all upcoming work that required road closures, coordination of heavy machinery and deliveries, as well as working diligently to keep the surrounding roads swept and clean.

Completing this project required a team effort from our preconstruction and field team. With construction beginning in September 2019, our team suggested a reconfiguration of the below grade parking structure. The reconfiguration minimized excavation depth, reduced foundation costs, and reduced the extent of soil retention systems. Environmental conditions also required cost remediation analysis of the soil which resulted in driving more than 1,600 geopiers to provide proper bearing and a negligible environmental risk. When framing the South building, our team made up ground on the overall schedule by reconfiguring construction sequencing and splitting progress into thirds allowing subsequent work to commence. Lastly, our team value engineered all building systems and materials to reduce project costs by about 10 percent to hit the target budget while still maintaining all unique design aesthetics. In all, the team maintained the original schedule with the North building turned over in mid-March and the South building turned over and project compete by early June.

We would like to thank Barrett | Lo Visionary Development for selecting Greenfire as the construction manager. Rinka+ is the architect and the Greenfire project team includes Tom Heinrich, Director of Preconstruction, Ed Person, Project Development Manager, Joe Kolavo, Estimator, Paul Hackbarth, Sr. Project Manager, Jeff Stanisch, Superintendent, and Jordan Guth, Project Engineer. We are incredibly proud of our team their expertise, innovative ideas, thorough supervision, and hard work that made this project success and cornerstone project.

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