MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released a report on Friday, December 2nd which confirms initial cost estimates for a variety of repair options at the Domes.
The report was prepared by GRAEF Consulting, the independent engineering firm contracted by Milwaukee County to manage the community engagement process for the Domes.
GRAEF’s report confirms initial estimates from 2008 that it could cost between $50 million and $70 million to totally repair or replace the Domes on their existing foundation. GRAEF's report says the most expensive option would be $64 million.
According to the county executive's office, estimates for other options range from $14 million to $54 million, with varying building lifespans.
The lowest cost option would have a useful life of only 5-10 years and would require expensive maintenance, other options could last as long as 50 years and have minimal annual maintenance costs. Recommendations for the lesser repair options would also require, for safety purposes, that the mesh netting installed this year remain in place and be maintained.
GRAEF's report has been shared with the Domes Task Force and the County Board, and will likely be reviewed in detail at future Task Force meetings.