2010 – Present Day

As the second decade of the 21st century began, Findorff’s work continued to reach new heights – quite literally in some instances – throughout Madison and Milwaukee. The Company’s latest achievements are a testament not only to its evolution over the years, but also Findorff’s ongoing commitment to excellence and engaging support for local communities.

Kicking off 2010, Findorff celebrated its 120th anniversary. To honor this milestone, Findorff employees participated in its 120 Challenge, designed to inspire employees and quantify their level of annual community service. Surpassing the goal of reaching 120 nonprofit organizations within the year, employees donated 2,042 volunteer hours to more than 125 agencies throughout Wisconsin.

Also in 2010, the Company completed one of its most notable projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The result of a successful joint venture with Minneapolis-based M.A. Mortenson Company, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery opened its doors to the University’s students, faculty, and public. Totaling 300,000 square feet, this state-of-the-art facility required an advanced integrated project delivery to maximize the coordination, transparency, and accountability among its owners, architects, and builders.

Upon its opening, the building was immediately recognized as an outstanding scientific and architectural accomplishment, winning numerous state and national awards for sustainability, engineering, and design. It was even recognized by the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation as a “Future Landmark.”

One year later, Findorff returned to the University’s campus for several other significant projects. In 2011, Findorff started construction of the LaBahn Arena to provide student athletes a new home for hockey and training amenities. Several other projects Findorff completed or are currently under construction on the University’s campus included the Chazen Museum of Art, The Hub, Signe Skott Cooper Hall (School of Nursing), and University Square.

In Milwaukee, Findorff continued to build the City’s skyline. From 2011-2012, construction took place on The Moderne. This signature development in Milwaukee’s Park East Corridor is a world-class, 30-story residential and mixed-use high rise epitomizing the sophistication of downtown living. Not only did the building further support Findorff’s high-profile portfolio, but it once again proved the Company’s commitment to community.

As the United States was recovering from the recession, Milwaukee’s unemployment rate hovered around 11 percent, which was considerably greater than the national average of approximately nine percent. City of Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett wanted to make sure this new development would support the City’s need for jobs as many local tradesmen had been unemployed for as long as two years. The Resident Preference Program (RPP) was in place for the project which required that 30 percent of worker hours met the program’s guidelines. Additionally, 25 percent of project costs needed to go toward certified Emerging Business Enterprises (EBE). Despite such high standards, The Moderne team exceeded expectations with 31.8 percent RPP hours and 29.3 percent for EBE participation. Reaching such goals helped create over 1,000 jobs for construction workers, engineers, architects as well as those supplying materials and equipment.

Back in Madison, one of the Company’s most recently-completed projects truly exemplified the generations that helped make Findorff what it is today. In 2014, Findorff officially completed the expansion of the Edgewater Hotel, bringing premier accommodations and improved public access to Lake Mendota. The original Edgewater Hotel was the last project the Company’s founder, John H. Findorff oversaw prior to his passing in 1948. His grandson John led the Company when the Hotel’s addition was being built 25 years later.

As Findorff approaches its 125th year in 2015, the Company has surmounted various hardships to persevere as one of the Midwest’s leading contractors, while maintaining a reputation for both quality and professionalism. Although millions of people have come to live, work, and enjoy the various buildings Findorff has constructed over the years, the Company’s achievements and people cannot be summed up in a timeline. The hours, days, weeks, and years of dedication that go into each project have made Findorff what it is today. The pride instilled in all of Findorff’s employees has stood the test of time and shall continue doing so for the next 125 years.


Notable Projects

  • Alexia Hall at Alverno College
  • Block 100
  • Chazen Museum of Art at UW-Madison
  • Edgewater Hotel
  • Epic Farm Campus
  • John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park
  • LaBahn Arena at UW-Madison
  • Madison Central Library
  • Madison Children’s Museum
  • Madison College Truax and Regional Campuses
  • Oconomowoc Community Center
  • Signe Skott Cooper Hall (School of Nursing) at UW-Madison
  • The Moderne
  • The Paine Art Center
  • The Stream at Edgewood College
  • UW Health at the American Center
  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at UW-Madison