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Bloom Companies, LLC provided architectural design, programming, preservation, and engineering services for the renovation of University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee Greene Museum. The Greene Museum was originally constructed in 1913 as a geology museum. It is currently listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places, and is designated a National Landmark. The building was in a general state of despair, including building envelope and structural foundation problems. After the completed renovation and recovery, the building became the new home of the University Jewish Studies department.
The project comprehensively renovated and rehabilitated the historic building, including foundation, structural and exterior masonry repairs. Project work included ADA code updates such as an accessible lift and new toilet rooms. The replacement and retrofit of roof system, door, skylight, and windows were completed with historic sensitivity and improved energy efficiency. Connection to contemporary campus service lines was also central to the renovation.
The Bloom Team worked to conceal all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and telecommunication systems in keeping with the historic nature of the original structure. Exterior repairs include replacement and retrofit of ornamental stonework and architectural elements. The primary focus of the project was to make the building useful to the University while preserving its history and delicate details. The remodeled museum provides a unique atmosphere for events, meetings, and other community functions.