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St. Camillus Transfer Beam Installation

Transfer Beam Installation Successfully Completed


The installation of the 26,000 lb transfer beam is complete at the St. Camillus project in Wauwatosa, WI. The new 15-story independent living building sits across from the Milwaukee County Zoo. Gilbane Building Company is the general contractor. This was a record-setting transfer beam Midwest Stairs & Iron ever set. Mikki Ford-Ziegelbauer, the project coordinator at Midwest Stairs & Iron, ran point on the transfer beam set and column fabrication misc metals part of the project.

The transfer beam installation had precision care, a Dawes 550 ton super crane, and bated breath. All eyes were on the transfer beam. The transfer beam placed with great success due to the careful planning and attention by all.

Personal observations by Nicole Agen, Marketing Director at Midwest Stairs & Iron:

As I waited to take photos, I began to reflect on Gilbane’s mantra of, “Building More than Buildings.” If you take a moment to look beyond the task at hand, the “more” part begins to show itself. Ally Dahlgren, Gilbane Safety Manager, spoke about inspiring safety in every one. To do this, she seeks common ground ways to communicate. This fostered an Ironworker’s concern over the safety of a bird’s nest. I learned how she discovered a construction career, and how Gilbane builds leaders. She inspired me to get the word out that construction is a great path for women. Next, I had a humbling hello exchange with a St. Camillus nun, who asked, “how are you doing?” She made the world seem like a better place at that moment and inspired me to do more. Each hello that day sparked a feeling of inclusion that we were all part of something. The mantra is true, this building brought out people who mean more than a building. And moments that lead to a better world.

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