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SBD/December 13, 2013/Facilities
Bradley Center Sees Revenue Spike For FY '13, But Extensive Repairs Needed
Published December 13, 2013
REPAIRS NEEDED: In Milwaukee, Don Walker noted a tour of the BMH Harris Bradley Center this week showed "wear and tear in key mechanical areas." Costello said that over the next five to 10 years, $25-40M in "major capital repairs will be needed." He added that those figures are on top of $1M "needed in routine annual maintenance." Costello termed the higher operating revenue a "one-time occurrence, especially given a 'soft' year for concerts at the facility." Issues at the arena include rust "working its way through metal exit doors, some of the key mechanical systems are as old as the building itself, the seats are wearing out and parts of the glassy atrium roof leak." Costello noted much of the building's original mechanical equipment "is still in place." Two 500-gallon water heaters that provide hot water to the 550,000-square-foot facility have "extensive rust near the bottom," and in the chiller room, the staff is "using the same equipment that came with the building in 1988." Asked about the atrium glass that greets visitors, Costello said that it is "beautiful to behold, but in some places it leaks and needs to be constantly maintained" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/12).