Summerfest Administration Building


Summerfest is The World’s Largest Music Festival spanning 11 days. It is owned, operated, and produced by Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. (MWF). MWF planned to convert an existing maintenance building on the grounds to serve as the new Summerfest Administration Building for its full-time staff of over 40 employees.

SSE assisted MWF in applying for and receiving $72,100 in grant funding from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and $25,000 from the Fund for Lake Michigan to manage the site stormwater runoff using green infrastructure.

The project features a 3,650 square-foot bioswale, planted with native vegetation and designed to capture and treat all the roof water, permeable pavement blocks in the side walk and down the center of the parking lot, as well as a green roof incorporated into a rooftop entertaining space. Green infrastructure on this site captures and treats 44,990 gallons of stormwater before discharging to the storm sewer, and ultimately, Lake Michigan.

The site serves as a high-profile demonstration of green infrastructure in a highly urban environment. The grounds, Henry W. Maier Festival Park, are home to Summerfest and host a variety of ethnic and cultural festivals, walks, runs, concerts and other events each year. Seasonally, approximately 1.5 million people access the Festival Grounds.

Awards: WAFSCM Excellence in Project Design & Implementation, MMSD Green Luminary Award