General Mitchell International Airport Baggage Claim Building

Milwaukee County Department of Public Works

The General Mitchell International Airport Baggage Claim Building, originally built in 1953 with additions in 1976 and 1979, was due for several upgrades after 34 years. Cotter is part of the construction management team working on the buildings upgrades.

Substantial structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades will be made to the building, as well as a new automatic sprinkler system to serve the altered areas, a two-story switchgear room addition, second floor office addition, and new mechanical penthouse. The entire lower level will also be renovated; the five inbound baggage conveyors in the basement and five associated carousels on the first floor will be replaced.

Architectural renovations include the replacement of the majority of the exterior skin and the interior renovations will include new finishes.  Other exterior improvements include a new glass canopy at the lane deplaning roadway and traffic island.

As the onsite Project Engineer, Cotter’s tasks include maintaining the working construction document set, preparation of construction meeting minutes, processing of requests for information and contractor submittals, reviewing contractor pricing proposals and completing construction inspections and daily reports.