Meet the Design and Construction Team behind the New Museum

After an extensive international search, the Milwaukee Public Museum has selected a world-class group of professionals to bring the vision of its new Museum to life in the coming years. Expert consultants chosen to design and build the new Museum include the teams at Thinc Design, Ennead Architects, Kahler Slater, Mortenson and ALLCON.

In the fall of 2021, members of the design team went on a tour of Wisconsin, traveling 1,500 miles to 28 different locations over the span of seven days. The goal of the trip was to learn more about our beautiful state's cultural and natural diversity, and how the two can help shape the vision for the new museum. Watch this video to find out who and what inspired them along the way.

Thinc Design, a New York-based firm, will be charged with developing the museum’s overall theme as well as the individual exhibit designs. Few design agencies specialize in exhibits, and even fewer have experience designing natural history museums. Both were a must in our search, and Thinc checked both boxes. Thinc has led projects for a wide range of museums, science centers, aquariums, zoos, theme parks, corporations and governments, including the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.


About Ennead
Ennead Architects will lead the building design process and is one half of the architecture team. With offices in New York and Shanghai, Ennead brings national and international expertise to its building designs. Ennead’s past work includes the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Shanghai Astronomy Museum.


About Kahler Slater
Milwaukee-based architect firm Kahler Slater makes up the other half of the architect team, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience designing buildings here and around the state, including Milwaukee’s BMO Office Tower and UW-Madison’s Kohl Center. Kahler Slater brings a local perspective to the project that is important when considering the immediate neighborhood where the site is located, the unique landscape that makes up this part of the country and Milwaukee’s/Wisconsin’s influence on the rest of the world.


About Mortenson
Mortenson will oversee construction of the new building, using their experience in constructing complex venues such as Fiserv Forum to bring the vision of the community, MPM leadership and the aforementioned creative teams to life. Mortenson is headquartered in Minneapolis and has offices across the U.S., with one of its largest located in Milwaukee.


ALLCON, a local Hispanic, woman-owned general contracting firm is partnering with Mortenson on the construction project. Established in 2009 and headquartered in Butler, Wis., ALLCON specializes in carpentry and electrical disciplines.