Mark Irgens shows off Milwaukee’s newest office tower — as pandemic brings big concerns for developers


Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Normally, developer Mark Irgens would be happily showing off his firm’s latest project: the $137 million BMO Tower, downtown Milwaukee’s newest office high-rise.


These are not normal times.


As he leads the tour, Irgens continually checks his phone for emails with information about the new order from Gov. Tony Evers shutting down many Wisconsin businesses. He’s worried about how the stay-at-home order will affect construction projects — including this one.


“Right now, we believe the State of Wisconsin will allow commercial construction to continue,” said Irgens.


But, maybe the city’s separate order will be different — or perhaps the shutdown of city building inspections will bring delays to BMO Tower, which is to be substantially completed by April 10.


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