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China Trip Both Exciting and Educational

Matt Bednarski, leader of GRAEF Water, and GRAEF CEO, John Kissinger, traveled to Beijing in January 2017
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China Trip Both Exciting and Educational

Matt Bednarski, leader of GRAEF Water, and GRAEF CEO, John Kissinger, traveled to Beijing in January 2017
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SECURA Insurance Building New Home in the Village of Fox Crossing

GRAEF is proud to be providing landscape architecture services for SECURA Insurance's new home in Fox Crossing.
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GRAEF Seeks Public Input for Fox River Boardwalk Proposal

Little Chute and Kaukauna, Wisconsin are in the beginning stages of planning a boardwalk across the Fox River. Patrick Skalecki, project manager from GRAEF, tells Action 2 News in Green Bay the meeting will also be about spending options. Little Chute and Kaukauna will eventually come together to
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Lakefront Gateway Plaza Fundraising to Begin

A public engagement meeting will be held Monday, October 31st to collect feedback on the proposed project.
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Bob Warren featured in BizTimes "The Good Life"

Engineer and history buff, Bob Warren honors his late father's service in WWII though work with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program.
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AWWA Awards First Ever Project of the Year!

Wauwatosa's Temporary Pumping Station Wins First Ever AWWA Project of the Year!
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Transform Milwaukee Strategic Action Plan a Winner!

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and GRAEF are proud to announce the Transform Milwaukee Strategic Action Plan has been awarded an outstanding achievement in planning award from the American Planning Association – Wisconsin Chapter (APA-WI).
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Top 45 Airport Terminal Engineering and E/A Firms

"By almost every measure, 2015 was a good year for the airline industry. U.S. airlines and foreign carriers serving the U.S. flew an all-time high of 895.5 million passengers last year, up 5% from the previous record high of 853.1 million reached in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of
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Storm Water Management: Eyesore to Amenity

GRAEF worked with clients to transform a brownfield into a thriving town square!
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IKEA Comes to Wisconsin

More exciting news for the City of Oak Creek as IKEA USA announces the location of it's first Wisconsin store!
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Lakefront Gateway Highway Work Taking Shape

Exciting changes for Milwaukee's spectacular lakefront!
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GRAEF's Stephanie Hacker and Pat Kressin to Speak at 2016 YP Week

GRAEF is a proud sponsor of YPWeek 2016.
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GRAEF and Milwaukee Art Museum Share Vision of New O'Donnell Park

The Milwaukee Art Museum to by O'Donnell Park from Milwaukee County.
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Bridget Henk Named to 2016 40 Under 40 Class

“Bridget is the definition of a young professional whose skills and expertise are highly valuable not only in her industry and within her firm, but in her community.”
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Kaukauna's Hydro Park Shares City's History

"Kaukauna Utilities, with the help of the city and GRAEF, a local engineering, planning and design firm, came together to create a public space that encompasses all parts of the city and its residents, said Patrick Skalecki, project manager and principal for the GRAEF team. Before the renovation,
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GRAEF's Kressin Inspired by Designing Public Spaces

"Pat Kressin said he and other designers figured the fountain in Bayshore Town Center’s square in Glendale would be seen, but not touched."
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Annual Federation of Environmental Technologists Conference

Jason Gerke gives presentation on Commissioning and Retro Commissioning at annual FET Conference.
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GRAEF Awarded Milwaukee's Lakefront Gateway Plaza Project!

GRAEF is proud to be selected as the winning team in Milwaukee's international design competition for the Lakefront Gateway Plaza.
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Positive Impressions: Making Presentations that Win Work

GRAEF's own, Michael Lefebvre, Offers Tips to Create a Winning Presentation in the latest issue of Engineering Inc.
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Bridget Henk Recognized in National 40 Under 40

BD+C releases profiles of young movers and shakers in the building & construction industry.
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GRAEF and GMIA featured in Airport Improvement October Issue

What does it take to keep travelers safe in 2015?
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National Coverage of the Gateway Plaza Design Competition

The Architect's Newspaper takes a look at Milwaukee's public space design competition.
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GRAEF Named in Top Healthcare Engineering Firms

As construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over the next several years,  healthcare systems vie for patients who want the latest and most convenient services and technologies. Hospital construction revenue should grow by
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The Business of Golf

Pat Kressin, Chief Business Development Executive, has a lot of experience with golf courses both on and off the job. Kressin has worked on many golf courses and surrounding communities as part of his job at GRAEF. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Evans Scholar, a Western Golf
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GRAEF's own Chris Stipe, P.E., Speaks on Indoor Air Quality in Healthcare

Hospitals and health care facilities must comply with ASHRAE and other regulatory standards with respect to air change rates, humidity requirements, and pressurization. ASHRAE Standard 62.1 is the most commonly referenced standard to meet appropriate HVAC system design. Other factors to consider
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Milwaukee Business Journal Profiles GRAEF Gateway Plaza Design

Recently, GRAEF was proud to submit one of four entries in a design competition for the future Lakefront Gateway Plaza on Milwaukee's lakefront near the Calatrava designed art museum and the future Couture high-rise. The Milwaukee Business Journal took the time to feature each of the four team's
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City of Oak Creek Wins Public Policy Award

The City of Oak Creek used a variety of financing strategies and successful grant applications to remediate and redevelop the former Delphi Manufacturing site and create Drexel Town Square.
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GRAEF Project Recognized in SEAOI "Fifty Significant Projects in Fifty Years"


After soliciting and reviewing nominations from the design community, SEAOI is proud to name the Fifty Significant Projects designed by SEAOI members over the last 50 years.  The list of projects includes new construction and structural renovations, buildings, bridges, industrial and
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Engineering Energy, Challenging Control and Distributing Power

“I am very excited to be involved as a mentor with the WERCBench Labs program at MWERC. This
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John Kissinger Day Proclaimed in Milwaukee!

June 11, 2015 was proclaimed “John Kissinger day” in Milwaukee in honor of John’s 5-year stint as Chairman of the Milwaukee Area Workforce investment Board (MAWIB).
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Huntley Interchange Recognized in National Competition

GRAEF, teamed with Huff & Huff, Inc., was honered to earn a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the recent American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 49th annual Engineering Excellence award competition.
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Gum Drops and Toothpicks

Members of GRAEF's Green Bay office were fortunate to spend some time with engineers of tomorrow.
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GRAEF ENGINEERS HONORED BY STEM FORWARD

At the STEM Forward banquet on January 12, 2015, John Goetter and Bridget Henk were named Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year, respectively.
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Daily Reporter Profiles GRAEF CEO, John Kissinger

The January 22, 2015 Daily Reporter featured a fun and interesting profile of GRAEF's CEO, John Kissinger.
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GRAEF's Hacker Featured in Next City Profile

Next City; a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities; connected their readers with Stephanie Hacker, a truly interesting person who is part of the Next City Network.
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GRAEF and GMIA win AFE Project of the Year Award

The Association of Facilities Engineering named the GMIA Baggage Screening Improvements project its 2014 Project of the Year!



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GRAEF Projects Featured in SAME Publication

The Society of Military Engineers (SAME) Architectural Practice Committee Newsletter features a story detailing the $800 million recapitalization program at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. The program modernized 1960's era infrastructure at the sole recruit training base for the entire US
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GRAEF Employees Walking the Sustainable Talk

At GRAEF, sustainability and environmental impact are core aspects of GRAEF’s mission and approach to business. We’re excited to announce that many GRAEF employees went out and contributed to helping planet Earth by cleaning up over the weekend of April 26th.


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Dan McGinnis and Chris Stipe Join GRAEF


The Mechanical Engineering Group at GRAEF grows to better serve our clients with the addition of Dan McGinnis and Chris Stipe.
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Michael Marhefke Joins GRAEF

Michael joins the GRAEF team with a wide range of engineering experience. He has designed a multitude of industrial projects as well as multi-storied, commercial, and residential structures. His projects have included unique and specialty structures of all types and kinds.
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GRAEF's Got Heart!

Sixty-three GRAEF employees are wearing red on February 7, 2014.
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Happy New Year!

GRAEF sponsored the Newaukee New Year's party on January 31, 2013. The gala was held at the Milwaukee Art Museum and was once again, the place to be on  New Year's Eve!
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GRAEF goes GREEN again in Florida!

GRAEF's latest project completed in Florida was a $12 million HVAC and Energy Conservation design for the Alachua County Jail.


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The Business Journal Profiles GRAEF Project

GRAEF one of several local companies selected to work with Northwestern Mutual on their exciting new downtown Milwaukee development.
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GRAEF Proud of Upcoming Project

GRAEF President and CEO, John Kissinger, and Vice President and COO, Kenneth Grebe, attended the unveiling of Northwestern Mutual's exciting new downtown tower design on September 25, 2013.
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Larry Witzling to Present at International Urbanist Conference

GRAEF’s own Larry Witzling will present, “Re-Positioning the Post-Industrial City in the Global Economy.”


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GRAEF Project Wins State Award

The Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association’s Park Section recently announced that the De Pere Riverwalk and Wildlife Viewing Pier has been awarded the 2013 Park Section’s Park Facility Award of Excellence in the $350,001 and above category. The Award of Excellence will be presented
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GRAEF Projects Recognized at Daily Reporter Luncheon

GRAEF was proud to be a part of several project teams recognized at the Daily Reporter's annual Top Projects luncheon on May 2, 2013.
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Two GRAEF Engineers Graduate as Future Leaders

ACEC WI just completed its eighth consecutive Future Leaders Institute program, a leadership and career development series for upwardly mobile, rising stars of the design industry.
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GRAEF Website Wins SMPS Award

Thiel Design was retained by GRAEF in 2012 to lead an effort to redesign and reenvision the company's website. The success of the website prompted Thiel to enter the SMPS WI Marketing Excellence Awards competition.
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GRAEF Announces Newly Elected Associates

GRAEF is extremely proud to introduce our newly elected Associates for 2013. Our Associates demonstrate consistent excellence in the performance of their duties.
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GRAEF Announces Newly Elected Principals

GRAEF is extremely proud to introduce our newly elected principals for 2013. Our principals are recognized for excellence and significantly contributing to the success of the firm.
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GRAEF Welcomes Externs in March 2013

GRAEF is pleased to welcome Externs for a week in March. The two University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee students will be participating in an Externship Week with the Planning and Urban Design group. What exactly is an Externship? During their days at GRAEF, the Externs will shadow
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Silver Cross Replacement Hospital Wins CBC Award

GRAEF recently learned that the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital was named a finalist in the 2013 Chicago Building Congress (CBC) Merit Awards. The hospital was entered in the “New Consturction Suburbs” category. Working with architect, RTKL, and construction manager, Mortenson
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Mary Beth Pettit Receives President's Award

At the annual GRAEF holiday gathering, Mary Beth Pettit, transportation project manager in the Milwaukee office, was awarded the 2012 President's Award by firm president and CEO, John Kissinger. This honor recognizes employees who make outstanding contributions to the company and who serve
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Taking the Holiday Spirit into the New Year!

GRAEF is committed to supporting our hometown communities through volunteer efforts and financial contributions in 2012, and every year. In the spirit of the seasons, GRAEF made donations to charitable organizations in each of our hometown locations in honor of our clients and associates. It is
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GRAEF Supports the Packers!

GRAEF Wisconsin offices, and anyone else who roots for the Pack, were happy to pull out their best Packer gear and support the Green Bay Packers as they head to California to meet the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, January 12! Go Pack Go!
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Allewalt Hacker Rejoins GRAEF

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Allewalt Hacker, AICP, LEED® AP is returning to the GRAEF team as Senior Planner in our Milwaukee, Wisconsin office.


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