Menomonee River Valley

Miles of the Menomonee River and its floodplain in the Milwaukee metro area had been severely degraded over many decades of industrial use.  Renewal became the mission of a multi-agency consortium for this urban landscape of contaminated parcels, abandoned industrial buildings and a few active industrial sites.

To develop sustainable design guidelines for the Menomonee River Valley in downtown Milwaukee, AES collaborated with The Kubala Washatko Architects with focus on four main goals:

  • Regenerating “The Valley” both economically and culturally by encouraging relocation of private industry
  • Cleaning up the contaminated soils and aquatic environment for improved community health in The Valley
  • Providing an enhanced quality of life for residents and workers through restoration of deteriorated conditions
  • Developing The Valley into a national example of large-scale ecological and economical urban redevelopment

AES conducted site analysis of ecological conditions, and contributed guidance for alternative stormwater management, beneficial ecological re-use concepts, river front treatments, flood reduction strategies, and low-maintenance landscaping with native vegetation.

The Sustainable Design Guidelines provided the City of Milwaukee and its partner agencies with the information needed to accomplish economically feasible and ecologically sensitive redevelopment of the highly urbanized, industrially developed Menomonee River Valley.

  • Urban Redevelopment Planning
  • Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization
  • Stormwater Management Planning
  • Water Quality Assessment

Sustainable Design Guidelines | Menomonee River Valley
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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