The proposed $300 million expansion of downtown Milwaukee's convention center will have its architect, construction manager and other key players named soon. Requests for qualifications from those firms are being issued by the Wisconsin Center District, the state-created agency that operates the Wisconsin Center convention hall.

Along with architectural and construction management firms, the district will be hiring a surveyor, an environmental engineer and a consultant for hiring disadvantaged businesses for the project. The plan is to have the team assembled by the end of the year, said Mike Abrams, Senior Director at Denver-based CAA ICON, which the center district hired to oversee the project.

Abrams spoke at Friday's meeting of the center district board. The board will vote on hiring the firms. CAA ICON has had informal discussions with representatives of construction management firms, including Milwaukee-area firms, Abrams said. "We're keeping our options open," he said...

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