Milwaukee Athletic Club

Milwaukee Athletic Club

The Milwaukee Athletic Club has been gracing the streets of Milwaukee since 1918. In 2020 it was deemed time to renovate the historic structure and update the luxury club experience for its members and visitors. The 14-story, 200,000 square foot building included fitness, residential, and social gathering spaces. Because of the club’s age, historic preservation guidelines needed to be followed while bringing the building into the 21st century.

GRAEF provided structural and site civil engineering services in partnership with Kahler Slater Architects. Older spaces were modified as the design team contended with challenging conditions that resulted from deferred maintenance. Specific modifications included filling in the 5th floor pool and converting it to recreation space, racquetball courts were turned into a modern and efficient kitchen and bar, and the basement swimming pool was updated to serve families.

Other major changes include hotel suites throughout the building being converted to full-time apartments and the rooftop level was re-designed as a chic, members-only contemporary entertainment space, overlooking beautiful Milwaukee and Lake Michigan vistas. Added 21st century amenities include multiple golf simulators and second-floor co-working office spaces available to members. Finally, there is a vintage style bar and a new restaurant that are open to the public.

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Project Data

200,000 SF
$62 Million Project Cost


GRAEF Services

Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering

Milwaukee Athletic Club Contact

Beau Sanders

Beau Sanders

Market Team Leader - Mixed Use, Senior Structural Engineer