This section is responsible for providing architectural services, civil engineering, construction management, environmental services, airport engineering and various support services, such as, facilities assessment, planning & development and County-wide building and grounds record archives.
The Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Services Section (AE & ES) provides professional and technical services related to the maintenance, construction and rehabilitation of the public infrastructure and preservation of Milwaukee County's natural resources. The AE & ES Section is comprised of the Architectural Services Unit, Civil Engineering/Site Development Unit, Airport Engineering Unit, Environmental Services Unit, Facilities Condition Assessment Unit and the Planning & Development Unit.
The Architectural Services Unit provides technical services in building maintenance, remodeling, additions and new construction for all Milwaukee County departments. Specific tasks performed include budget development and construction estimation, bid document design, evaluation and contract award, design development and project management, from conception to project completion.
The Airport Engineering Unit provides planning, design, and construction management services for all major maintenance and capital projects at General Mitchell International and Lawrence J. Timmerman Airports. This unit coordinates planning and administration of projects with state and federal agencies, airlines and other airport tenants.
The Civil Engineering and Site Development Unit provides civil engineering and land surveying services. Specific services include project management, planning and design, technical specifications and bidding documents, engineering feasibility studies and needs assessments for Milwaukee County facilities, certified survey maps, site surveys, cost estimating and construction management.
The Environmental Services Unit provides technical guidance, management, and development of sustainability functions for the County’s building and infrastructure assets, and assists in coordinating county-wide sustainability efforts. This program area provides technical and managerial services concerning environmental issues including sustainability to all County departments. Environmental issues addressed include the incorporation of green building concepts, environmental due-diligence for property acquisition and disposal, procurement of grant funding, storm water management and hazardous substance control (asbestos, lead, PCBs, mercury, pesticides/herbicides, etc.). Environmental Services assists departments county-wide to monitor underground storage tanks, landfills, air quality, recycling, solid waste, water quality and brownfields properties in regard to compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Environmental Services also serves as the Milwaukee County Land Conservation agent, working with grants from State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to reduce soil erosion, improve management of nutrients and minimize pollution of surface and ground water.
The Facilities Condition Assessment Unit provides building systems condition assessment inspection services for County-owned facilities and administers a software-based asset management system that is a repository for all the building condition data and building system deficiencies (this database provides the basis for major maintenance and capital improvement project requests). The Unit also provides County wide record management services that also includes management of AE&ES delivered project record archives.
The Planning & Development Unit provides strategic planning and project development services for enterprise-level planning efforts that are not yet at the design or construction phase. These efforts are focused on cost savings and avoidance initiatives that efficiently manage the County’s footprint. The unit also provides space planning and move management expertise for County Departments to efficiently utilize their space and plan for the future.
The AE & ES Section contracts with a wide variety of contractors and consultants to perform various public works projects around the County. In a typical year, the section contracts out $64 million dollars of work with over 150 contractors and consultants. A majority of these funds are for construction and consulting based contracts. The section adheres to, and enforces, equal opportunity for the variety of business opportunities available to the public. To view business opportunities, please view the Milwaukee County Business Opportunity Portal.
RECENT MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
In 2009 the AE & ES section was awarded a National Public Works Association project of the year for the Bradford Beach Storm Water Controls Project.
AE & ES recently completed the design and construction of the County's first solar power installations at Washington Park Senior Center, Wilson Park Senior Center and Juneau Park Comfort Station.
Sean Hayes, P.E. in the Environmental Services Unit gave the presentation "Storm Water Management and Sustainability in Milwaukee County" at the 2013 APWA Sustainability in Public Works Conference in San Diego, CA and at the 2013 APWA Congress in Chicago, IL. His presentation discussed Milwaukee County's progress with sustainability initiatives.
Jim Zsebe, P.E. in the Airport Engineering Unit was the project manager for the APWA WI Chapter, 2013 Public Works Project of the Year for GMIA Runway Safety Area.
The Airport Engineering Unit is currently constructing a new $50 million renovation of the Baggage Claim area. This project is scheduled for construction in 2014-2015.
On June 30, 2014, the AE & ES Section of DAS-FM completed the submittal of the 2015 Milwaukee County Requested Capital Improvement Budget. Highlights of the updated and improved budget request process includes reduced limit of requests from each department to allow for more time spent on detailing each project cost estimate, electronic filing of project request information, actual cost estimate spreadsheet, back up information such as contractor quotes or study reports and coordination of the electronic information to allow for future review and access in development of a more solid 5 year capital improvement plan.