Remarkable Milwaukee 2018
Remarkable Milwaukee was held at the War Memorial in honor of Veolia and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) for their management of the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. The Jones Island facility has been in operation since 1926 and was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974 by the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition for its innovations in providing high-quality wastewater treatment.
Over 200 attendees celebrated at the War Memorial and learned about the history of Milwaukee’s connection to water with historian John Gurda.
A special thank you to the honorees, sponsors and attendees who helped make this event a success!
J Jeffers and Co
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC
Walker & Dunlop
Veolia Water Milwaukee
A local sector of a larger, global organization, Veolia Water Milwaukee specializes in providing Milwaukee with a necessary and vital public health service. Contracted by MMSD, Veolia Water Milwaukee has worked on Jones Island since 2008 to ensure that the area receives top-notch water treatment. This public-private partnership established between Veolia Water Milwaukee and MMSD is largest of its kind in the country. In addition to providing a key service to the public, Veolia Water Milwaukee also dedicates themselves to funding water quality research. Alongside the mission of clean water for all, Veolia Water Milwaukee works to guarantee the quality of the environment surrounding the Great Lakes. At Jones Island specifically, Veolia maintains the water reclamation facility where it treats more than 150 million gallons a day and services over one million Wisconsinites. The fertilizer, Milorganite, has been produced at Jones Island since 1926. Veolia’s focus on sustainability helps ensure that Milwaukee and the Great Lakes remain great.
Metropolitan Sewerage District
Since the 1920’s, Jones island has been Milwaukee’s sewage center and its evolution since has led it to become a premiere water reclamation and sewage facility. Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewage District (MMSD) and Veolia Water Milwaukee now operate and maintain this historic site. Dedicated to supplying a clean source of water, MMSD is a renowned leader in waste water management. In their partnership with Veolia, MSSD has created a unique relationship between local and national organizations that strive to protect public health and the environment. For nearly 25 years, MMSD has been tending to the needs of 28 communities throughout Metropolitan Milwaukee by processing nearly two billion gallons of water. MMSD plans to be completely self-sufficient by 2035. In recent years, renewable energies have appeared at Jones Island in the form of solar panels. These and other efforts help carry on the Jones Island mission of providing vital resources and quality service to the Milwaukee community.
Each year Historic Milwaukee honors Milwaukee organizations, businesses, and individuals that exemplify Milwaukee’s spirit, has a strong history in our community, and has made an exemplary contribution to our heritage and built environment at our winter gala, Remarkable Milwaukee. Funds raised at this gala help support Historic Milwaukee’s educational programming including tours, lectures, and programs like Doors Open and Spaces & Traces.
Remarkable Milwaukee 2016 Honoring Joshua Jeffers and Laughlin Constable
Joshua Jeffers is the President of J. Jeffers & Co., a real estate development and investment firm that is dedicated to economic development and revitalization in southeastern Wisconsin. The firm utilizes a combination of private equity, tax credits and other soft sources of financing to make complex redevelopment projects financially feasible. The firm achieves its mission through efforts to increase property values, create jobs, and preserve historic structures that contribute to the evolving urban environment.
Laughlin Constable is a full-service advertising agency headquartered in Milwaukee. As the primary tenant of the Mitchell Building, Laughlin Constable has worked to recover the historical characteristics of the space. Drywall in the lobby area was removed in 2000, which revealed the detailed decorations of the original lobby. Ever since the acquirement of the building by Joshua Jeffers, Laughlin Constable has committed to a long-term lease of the building and has created well over 100 new jobs in their Milwaukee office.
Individual Honoree: Patti Keating Kahn for her commitment to Milwaukee’s historic downtown buildings including the Railway Exchange Building and the Colby-Abbot Building.
Organizational Honoree: the Forest County Potawatomi for their ambitious restoration of the historic Concordia neighborhood on the city’s west side through their Business Development Corporation
John Gurda has written 19 books on Milwaukee’s history including the ambitious Making of Milwaukee book. With Historic Milwaukee, Inc.’s partnership, Gurda published his newest book Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods in in 2014. The book spotlights nearly 40 Milwaukee neighborhoods, charting the history of each and describing its contemporary character as well.
Sunset Investors has been an incredible steward of the Pritzlaff building. Built between 1875 and 1919, this building housed the largest hardware company in Milwaukee at one time. After the Pritzlaff firm left the building in 1958, it was sold to the Hack family and operated for the next thirty years as Hack’s Furniture store and warehouse. In 2005, the building was purchased by Kendall Bruenig/Sunset Investors. All the work was done with the approval of the Wisconsin Historical Society, as Bruenig utilized the federal tax credit rehabilitation program.
Remarkable Milwaukee 2013 Honoring Conrad Schmitt Studios and the Grueke Family
“As art is one of the noblest pursuits, the artist’s work becomes a representation of his time: his buildings, statues, and paintings are an indication of how a sensitive society thinks, dreams, and communicates. These products of the human mind and hand are part of our regional and national heritage and they should be preserved for future generations.” – Bernard O. Gruenke, President Emeritus of Conrad Schmitt Studios
Remarkable Milwaukee 2012 Honoring The Pabst Theater Foundation
Remarkable Milwaukee 2010 Honoring Johnson Controls, Inc.
Remarkable Milwaukee 2009 Honoring The Pfister Hotel and The Marcus Corp.
“We were very proud to receive the Remarkable Milwaukee Award in 2009 in recognition of the history and legacy of The Pfister Hotel. We are especially pleased to be in the company of other influential history makers including Northwestern Mutual, the late Joseph Zilber and in 2010, Johnson Controls. Historic Milwaukee does an incredible job of raising awareness in the community about Milwaukee’s history, architecture and the preservation of the environment that has been built in our city. We look forward to welcoming Historic Milwaukee, its guests, and the 2010 Remarkable Milwaukee Honoree, Johnson Controls, Inc. to The Pfister on October 18.” Greg Marcus, president and chief executive officer, The Marcus Corporation.
Remarkable Milwaukee 2008 Honoring The Brewery: A Joseph J. Zilber Historic Redevelopment
“Thank you for the wonderful evening I had when I was honored by Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The planning and execution of this event and the commitment that you and your organization have made to raise the awareness of historic preservation was most impressive.” –Joseph J. Zilber, Founder & Chairman of the Board, Zilber Ltd.
Visit The Brewery‘s Website for more information of this amazing Historic Redevelopment.
Remarkable Milwaukee 2007 Honoring Northwestern Mutual
“We are again honored to be your inaugural recipient this year. I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful event last Saturday. The location and food was superb! The auction had a wonderful assortment of items. I talked to Margo Hokanson this morning and told her about the evening. I mentioned the wonderful video presentation that was created by Aurum Design about Northwestern Mutual.” – Luann Boie, Senior Production Specialist, Northwestern Mutual