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Ahern’s Milwaukee team provides a full line of mechanical and fire protection services, along with prefabrication expertise. This facility is the hub for our fire extinguisher business, and also a showcase of Ahern’s sustainable construction practices with a LEED Gold Certificated facility. We invite you to tour our facility to learn how Ahern can improve your energy efficiency.
Fire Protection Services
Fire protection systems are our bread and butter. Our services range from basic design, to installation, servicing and repair. With a team of NICET-certified designers, experienced in-house fabricators, and seasoned field teams, we're well equipped to meet your project's needs.
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Since our inception, we've been a go-to HVAC contractor in the Milwaukee area. From central station air handling systems, to hot water heating plants, to variable refrigerant flow systems and everything in between, we have yet to find a project we can't handle.
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Whether it pertains to an existing building or new construction project, we'll efficiently and effectively design, install, maintain and repair its plumbing systems. As one of the most established commercial plumbing contractors in Milwaukee, WI, we have the resources and experience to complete your project in a timely fashion.
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Pipe Fabrication Services
No pipe fabrication job is too difficult for our Milwaukee team. Serving industries like power generation, food and beverage, pulp and paper, automotive, chemical, and many more, we can fabricate pipes ranging from 1/2-inch to 144-inch diameters, wall thicknesses up to four inches, and do so with a 98% on-time delivery rate.
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Ahern Milwaukee Office
Energy-Efficient Plumbing and Green Building Upgrades for Ahern Office in Milwaukee, WI
Ahern is reaping the benefits of “going green” in their 52,000 square-foot Milwaukee office. The solar hot water and green water systems have allowed the building to cut its domestic water consumption by more than 85%. The building has been named the Association of Facility Engineers Project of the Year and The Business Journal Commercial Project of the Year, as well as earning a Mayor’s Design Award and an AGC Build Wisconsin Award.
Building 23 in Milwaukee
Ahern met its client’s deadline and provided fire protection installation services at a 19th-century church turned micro-brewery and beer hall in Milwaukee, WI. Ahern was able to maintain the historic integrity of the building while adding modern conveniences and life safety systems. Prefabricating the 144 sprinkler heads as well as extensive experience of working in existing facilities sped up the schedule and allowed the grand opening of the Pabst Brewery to take place on time. The project received an award from the City of Milwaukee in 2017 for a Historic Renovation.
Building 29 in Milwaukee
Ahern met the June 2016 deadline to complete the plumbing and fire protection installations at an abandoned facility turned dormitory in Milwaukee, WI. Ahern was to renovate the 251,600 square foot abandoned building into new student housing and commercial space. Ahern's ability to meet strict deadlines, as well as the Company's prefabrication capabilities helped the project finish on time with zero lost-time injuries. Ahern prefabricated and installed 54 balance valve assemblies, 128 shower valves, 2 carrier groups/water meter assembly, and 2,648 sprinkler heads.
City of Milwaukee – CNG Fueling
Pipe Fabrication and Industrial Process Services for Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building
The boiler installations for the Milwaukee County Parks Administration in Wisconsin were particularly unique for Ahern due to the historic building’s exterior aesthetics. In order to maintain the prestige and historical appearance of the building, Ahern painted all of the exterior venting, framing, and conduit colors that matched the scheme of the building. Ahern’s knowledge benefitted the client by providing design considerations, energy savings calculations, installation, controls, and commissioning.
Southepointe Medical Office Building
Ahern's building controls expertise was showcased during a retrofit project in the Southpointe Medical Office Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The project included the retrofit of 2 Roof Top Units (RTU's), a surgery smoke control system, and 53 Variable Air Volume (VAV) controllers. The entire building was occupied, so all work had to be performed around existing tenants or on off-hours where possible. All equipment had to keep running for surgery rooms on the lower level.
MMSD Landfill Gas Pipeline
Ahern delivered its prefabricated piping five days ahead of schedule for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) landfill gas pipeline. This allowed the prime contractor to better coordinate its field work and improve the overall project timing.
Ahern prefabricated and installed a system that included 50 sprinkler heads for Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) located in Milwaukee, WI. Fire protection, HVAC, and plumbing were all involved in the construction of the roof top terrace that is located on top of the existing 5 story EUA building. Weekly planning with the general contractor and the capability to coordinate the scheduling of installation between all three trades allowed Ahern to complete this project safely and on time.
A total of 505 sprinkler heads were prefabricated for Ahern’s fire protection work on the Wgetthta Building in Milwaukee, WI. The building originally served as a setting for students and staff to pursue their studies during the Concordia College years. Today the building will house the Forest County Potawatomi Executive Council, Foundation, Gaming Commission, Tribal Court, and Legal Department. All office and staff employees involved with this retrofit project were industry certified. Ahern’s extensive retrofit experience allowed for this project to be completed both safely and on time.
Ahern met the three-month schedule for its HVAC work on Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel. The project presented many logistical challenges to replace two chillers, a cooling tower, and control system while the hotel remained open for business. Utilizing its shops and knowledgeable team, prefabricated material was delivered to the site as needed. Our team also put a plan in place to overcome space constraints that involved disassembly of the chiller and reassembly during installation.
MMSD 59th & State Street
This 5,000 square-foot wastewater project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin utilized Ahern’s HVAC, pipe fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, and water/wastewater specialties. The multi-trade project involved the construction of a pump station and the installation of six 36” pumps with piping. Each pump weighed 19,000 tons and were 10’ tall, and was installed at the bottom of the pump station 40 feet below grade. This project was finished ahead of schedule in April 2012.
United Natural Foods Incorporated
Ahern’s knowledge and expertise in cold storage and warehouse projects led the general contractor to request assistance in the budget stages of the United Natural Foods Incorporated construction project. After providing hard bid numbers and negotiating, Ahern was awarded the project. Ahern installed four Quell systems for the freezers, two DI preaction systems, one dry system, and 11 wet pipe systems. This was the first Quell design the Milwaukee office completed, and they completed the project on-time and without injury.
Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital
Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin embodies a 750,000 square-foot hospital along with multiple clinics, office, and parking structures across the 22-acre campus, and the combined HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection installations made this Ahern’s largest project to date. Ahern had exceeded expectations on the completion of the Water Tower Medical Commons building on campus in 2007, which helped them earn the award of this multi-million dollar expansion project.
HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection for Industrial Building and R&D Office in Wauwatosa and New Berlin, WI
ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, has operated regional offices in the Milwaukee area for years. In addition to a nearly 200,000 square-foot motor drive and controls production facility in New Berlin, ABB recently opened a 95,000-square-foot, three-story office in Wauwatosa that houses about 350 employees, including over 100 scientists and engineers who focus mainly on research and development.