A transformational project

    The Building Construction and Advanced Manufacturing Institute of Excellence (BCAMIE) is an organized and transformational project that supports the emerging industrialized construction (IC) cluster in Southeast Wisconsin and nationally. 

    The vision for BCAMIE is to serve as a major resource to drive industrial construction (IC) by nurturing, deploying, and scaling up nascent technologies in modular and zero energy designs that will substitute labor intensive processes with machines, offer more equitable housing for families, design and build more customized complex commercial structures, use artificial intelligence and 3D Printing to enhance building design and lower total construction time, and use green energy infrastructure to support zero-net energy establishment.

      BCAMIE Rendering

      developing an industrialized construction cluster in Wisconsin

      BCAMIE Aerial Rendering


        BCAMIE seeks full membership and recognition as one of the nation’s National Network Advanced Manufacturing Institutes. Once constructed, BCAMIE will be a modern high performing advanced manufacturing innovative space for industry, academia, regional governments, and nonprofits to collaborate in terms of industrialized construction.

        BCAMIE will feature:

        • A building construction institute
        • Advanced modular manufacturing center
        • Manufacturing storage facility
        • An outdoor construction test area

          Why Industrialized Construction

          a residential & commercial focus

            BCAMIE will leverage modular, prefabricated construction methods to construct net-zero residential homes, connect with businesses using innovation and new technology in terms of sustainable parts, and develop an upskilled workforce. 

            Industrialized Construction (IC) goes beyond prefabrication, offsite, and modular construction by leveraging industrial engineering principles to optimize the entire construction process from design to completion. It is projected that by 2035, most buildings will be constructed using IC processes employing mechanization and automation. 

            To revolutionize the construction industry, IC leverages:

            • Efficiencies of offsite fabrication
            • Rigorous engineering and processes
            • Optimized procurement and distribution networks
            • Technology integration


            Benefits Of Industrialized Construction

            Reduces building time, minimizes delays, & accelerates speed to market

            Ensures high quality, consistency, and cost competitiveness

            reduces pollution & waste

            Enhances Productivity, efficiency, scalability, & flexibility

            Improves quality of the finished product

            Substitutes labor-intensive processes with machines, automation, and industrial techniques

            Improves safety

            Delivers affordability and customization

            How bcamie will benefit milwaukee & beyond

            The primary intent of BCAMIE is to address the region’s problems with affordable housing, green energy infrastructure and large income disparities among Southeast Wisconsin’s minority populations. Nationally, it is estimated that 7.3 million more affordable homes are needed for extremely low-income families. A major part of the Institute’s vision is a priority on workforce development.

            Affordable housing

            Green Energy Infrastructure

            Reduce large income disparities

            Workforce Development

            diversity is the future of industrialized construction

            workforce development & MBEs

            BCAMIE will look to establish a workforce and apprenticeship programs that will attract and train employees for the industrialized construction sector. BCAMIE will work to include Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in the industrialized construction sector’s supply chain by ensuring MBEs from start-ups to existing firms are ready to do business in the sector.

            Based on 2019 estimates, just 3.8% of the Wisconsin construction market is industrialized, which results in a current market size of $360 million in Southeast Wisconsin. By establishing BCAMIE,  supporting infrastructure and advanced construction, enhancing manufacturing capacity and accelerate scale, and establishing cross cutting workforce development and apprenticeship programs, it is expected that these four areas will help create jobs, boost the local economy, foster technological advancements and result in a 4x multiplier effect, which will increase the region’s total economic impact to $1.4 billion.


            Bringing the vision to milwaukee

            Next Steps

            To develop BCAMIE, the following initial activities anchor this project.

              1. Select a potential site for the Institute, preferably an inner-city Milwaukee site that will
                draw a potential workforce from nearby neighborhoods.
              2. Conduct a site environmental assessment to evaluate whether the site possesses a potential threat to human health and the environment and or/whether further investigation is needed.
              3. Develop a high-powered entrepreneurship training regimen in the form of supplier diversity modules for MBEs seeking business connections and knowledge regarding
                emerging technologies and opportunities in advanced construction and manufacturing.

            bridging the Gap in industrialized construction

            Our Partners

            BCAMIE is made possible through our partnership with The Business Council and the Wisconsin Chapter National Association of Minority Contractors.