Sigma helps historic property development


The North End is a mixed-use residential and retail neighborhood encompassing about 600 residential units and 35,000 square feet of retail space and accredited as LEED® Neighborhood Development. The reuse of this former tannery property along the Milwaukee River provides a unique development setting, but also unique challenges.

The Sigma Group assisted Mandel with the multiple issues related to the historic property use, including the existing building edifice and infrastructure and subsurface soil quality. In addition to environmental considerations common to this type of property, Sigma worked with Mandel to integrate strategic stormwater management designs, public road expansions, and integration of a river walk into the redevelopment design.

This project integrated several Sigma disciplines over many years. The North End is a showcase for green and sustainable development. The U.S. Green Building Council selected The North End to participate in its LEED- ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) program.

This development is one of the first pilot projects in the nation to integrate principles of this council, which include smart growth, new urbanism and green building.

Sustainable features include:

  • Bamboo Flooring
  • Economic Lighting
  • Energy Monitoring Program
  • Green Spaces
  • Recycled Sunflower Seed Countertops
  • Sensory Garden