RFPs and Business Opportunities


Vendor, contractor and bidding information

For its ongoing operations and for special projects and initiatives, the Wisconsin Center District purchases a wide variety of products and services from outside vendors and contractors. As a government agency, the District normally solicits at least three quotes or bids from competing firms for purchases over $500. Much greater expenditures, typically for major projects or initiatives, are subject to a Request for Quotation (RFQs) or Request for Proposal (RFPs) process.


Current Requests for Proposals, Requests for Qualifications and Invitations to Bid:

Request for Proposal (RFP):  Miller High Life Theatre Sidewalk Infill & Foundation Construction

The Wisconsin Center District is planning on sidewalk infill and foundation construction at the Miller High Life Theatre located at 500 West Kilbourn Ave in downtown Milwaukee. The Project work is located on the east side of 6th Street between State and Kilbourn Ave. GRAEF Engineering has been selected to prepare the plans for the renovation and waterproofing of the of the basement wall, the replacement of the building storm sewer piping, the demolition and infilling of the hollow sidewalk and the placement of the new sidewalk slab.

The RFP was released on March 27, 2020 to firms interested in bidding for these services.  Further information and timelines is in the RFP documents.

CD Smith and Hunzinger have submitted proposals for the Miller High Life Theatre Sidewalk infill project. Both proposals were received before 12:01 pm CST on Monday, April 13, 2020 in the Security office at 750 N. 6th Street at the Wisconsin Center District.  The Bid opening occurred in the WCD Board Room. No analysis of bids was done at the bid opening. No further bids will be accepted.

The bid evaluation is complete.  Hunzinger has been awarded the work.  The  timeline for this construction project will occur between April 27 – July 17, 2020.

For more information email Karen Hopp at khopp@wcd.org.



Disadvantaged/Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise participation

The Wisconsin Center District has a progressive policy to assure maximum economic participation by small (SBE), disadvantaged (DBE), minority-owned (MBE) and women-owned (WBE) business enterprises for construction and other services in its facilities. When established for the Wisconsin Center construction project in 1996, this policy was the strongest such commitment in the history of publicly-owned projects in Wisconsin, and, along with the District’s Technical Assistance initiatives, it became an effective model for others. For day-to-day purchasing and special projects, the District continues to employ similar requirements, which include:

At least 25% of the aggregate percent of contracts, as well as the aggregate dollar value of all contracts awarded by the District for construction and services shall be awarded to minority-owned enterprises (MBEs), and at least 5% shall be awarded to women-owned enterprises (WBEs), as defined in sections 66.905(1)(a), 560.036(1)(f) and (229.46(1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes. The District accepts DBE/MBE/WBE certification by the state or by the City of Milwaukee/Milwaukee County Joint Certification Program.

All persons receiving a contract from the District will make a commitment that at least 25% of the employees hired because of the contract will be minority group members, and at least 5% of the employees hired because of the contract will be women.

The District will afford SBEs, DBEs, MBEs and WBEs full opportunity to submit Proposals in response to its advertised solicitations, and will ensure that no one is discriminated against, on the grounds of sex, race, national origin, color, religious belief, age, disability or sexual orientation, in the awarding of any District contract or in subsequent project participation.


Levy Restaurants Third-Party Vendor program

Levy Restaurants has developed a unique management program designed to create and enhance opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the food and beverage service industry. Participating “Third-Party Vendors” provide cash concessions and specialty foods for events in the Wisconsin Center, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and Miller High Life Theatre. Several firms have “graduated” from this program to become successful independent businesses operating out of their own facilities!

To learn more about becoming a Third-Party Vendor, please contact:

Soccorro Perez
Concessions Manager