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DeLeers maintains. "At one period of time, I'm going to bet that this
was used as a fill site." Because of mediocre soil conditions, approximately 60 rammed aggregate piers are used that vary in depth from
15 to 50 feet.

Time is Tight
Besides the soil conditions, the schedule also was challenging.
"We're on a very tight timeframe," DeLeers emphasizes. "We started
in September 2015, so we had a fairly aggressive schedule to complete this. However, we are on schedule - the facility leases up for
August 2016."
In terms of energy efficiency, Tech Village has energy-efficient
windows, oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing and one-anda-half inches of foam insulation on the entire exterior. The roof
is a black rubber single-ply, which keeps heat in during the long
winter months in northern Wisconsin. "In Wisconsin, we have more
months of heating than cooling," DeLeers says.
DeLeers Construction teamed up with architect Martenson and
Eisele Inc. on the design/build project. DeLeers is self-performing
some of the exterior such as window installation and steel siding, as
well as all the finish carpentry. DeLeers' sister company, Joseph A.
Interiors, did all the cabinetry and commercial casework. More than
50 subcontractors will work on the project.
Tech Village uses a split HVAC system so each unit has its own
control. A centralized HVAC system is used in the common areas and

corridors. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. "Your No. 1
issue with a housing facility is not having enough Internet service
for the students," DeLeers emphasizes. "You have to have service
wherever you are in the building. That was one of the most important pieces of the puzzle."
Security cameras are installed throughout the building, and card
readers are posted at every entrance. Managers similar to traditional
dormitory resident advisors reside on each floor.
Fox Valley Technical College offers agricultural, medical and culinary arts programs. DeLeers Construction is a partner of the school
and also recruits students from it for employment. Full lease-up of
Tech Village is expected in the fall.

Orchard Housing
Another private student housing project of which DeLeers Construction is part-owner with a private equity group is L. Orchard at
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wis. The name
of the student housing development refers to the apple orchard
that used to be on the site. A few apple trees remained and had to be
removed at the start of site preparation. DeLeers plans to plant a few
apple trees on the site when construction is completed.
The 175-bed L. Orchard uses wood construction four stories tall
on a spread footing concrete slab with a mixture on the exterior of
several shades of red brick, gray metal panels and windows with
fiberglass frames.
"It was really important to us that the facilities did not resemble
traditional market-rate apartment housing," DeLeers stresses. "We
wanted to give something that was a little bit more modern in appearance and attractive not only to the tenants, but we also wanted it to
complement similar architecture at the school. I feel we achieved that."
The 32 units in the 51,000-square-foot L. Orchard each include
four beds with two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room, and
are fully furnished. The development includes the option of an
oversized room in which two beds could be placed or one bed with
the additional space utilized in other ways. The roofing and HVAC is
similar to that used in Tech Village.
Challenges with L. Orchard were the timeframe - construction
started in December 2015 and completion is scheduled for July - and
the rezoning that was required. DeLeers Construction self-performed
the same functions it did on the Tech Village project and hired approximately 50 subcontractors. Amenities in the building include the
possibility of a small restaurant or coffee shop on the first floor.

Some Prefabrication
For the two student housing projects, some components were
prefabricated by ProBuild in De Pere, Wis., such as the wood-framed
walls that came in panels with wood studs and OSB sheathing. "They
all came on a truck fully framed and we set them with a crane,"
DeLeers says.
DeLeers Construction works mostly in Wisconsin and states bordering it, such as Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota. It has a service
division that builds small projects for commercial and residential
clients and offers maintenance packages to fix small jobs, such as

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