Milwaukee Public Schools

Multi-Phase ESSER-Funded Project to Improve the Learning Environment

  • $17,548,722

    Contract Total
  • 29

  • December 2023

    Estimated Completion

ESSER II Project

In early 2021, Milwaukee Public Schools sought a partner for implementing district-wide facility improvements with its ESSER II funding. After a competitive RFP process, Performance Services was selected to partner with the district to identify needs and recommend improvements for the learning environment at 29 district buildings. After selection, our team initiated a complex project development process that included assessing the needs of each building and preparing scope and budget analyses. The improvements focused on modernizing the building and optimizing the indoor learning environment for students and staff. The final scope for this phase includes mechanical and plumbing improvements, controls upgrades, test and balance work, outdoor classrooms, carpeting replacements, and window screen installations. The work began in February 2022 and is expected to be completed in December 2023.


With a successful phase I project underway, Milwaukee Public Schools chose to accelerate the first phase of their ESSER III project. This will allow the project work to begin this summer and be completed in time for the upcoming school year. The focus of the project is on renovating Gaenslen School’s library. This $594,247 phase will provide a ceiling replacement and lighting upgrade.

Scope Highlights

  • Implement a District-wide controls upgrade
  • Design and implement outdoor classrooms
  • Install HVAC equipment replacement
  • Install new window screens
  • Replace carpeting
  • Implement demand-controlled ventilation
  • Replace ceilings
  • Upgrade to LED lighting
  • Provide test and balance work to ensure HVAC systems provide optimal learning environments
  • Painting
  • Renovate bathrooms
  • Replace unit vents
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