Steamfitters Local 601 Break Ground on New Training Facility
By: Melanie Mager
On Thursday, August 11th, Steamfitters Local 601 held a groundbreaking ceremony for their long-anticipated new training facility in Madison, WI. The $12.3 million training center was designed by Potter Lawson Architects, and will be built by construction manager Hunzinger Construction Company. “As a proud union contractor since 1907, we are honored to have been selected by the Steamfitters Local 601…to deliver a project that will transform their Apprenticeship Training and will have a positive impact on the skilled labor force throughout Wisconsin,” said Jim Hunzinger, Executive VP of Hunzinger Construction.
The new Madison training center is evidence of the growing need for more skilled trades workers for all of the proposed projects in the area. Steamfitters Local 601 Business Manager Joel Zielke said, “Our old facility worked well, but we are just out of room. With the recent increase in commercial development in Madison and Milwaukee, steamfitters are in demand.”
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Zielke spoke to the fact that the new facility will help the union keep up with new technology in the trade, give the Steamfitters the ability to stay on the forefront of training, and continue to be safe and productive. The seven acre property will provide more than enough space for the 58,450 square foot facility that will include traditional classrooms as well as training areas for fabrication and welding. Zielke is very excited about the new space. “The number of apprentices we have has more than quadrupled to about 115 currently. The new facility has about five times more training space than our current facility,” he said.
The new facility, which is located right off Interstate 94, is expected to be completed in August of 2017.