We are excited to announce that JCP Construction has been named construction general contractor for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. We are so grateful for this opportunity to accept the challenge of ripping the Fiserv Forum apart in two weeks and preparing it for the DNC and then to put it back together in two weeks after it is over.
Since the announcement of the DNC coming to Milwaukee, we knew we were a serious contender for General Contractor. We have been involved with complex projects, are committed to a diverse workforce and are confident in our ability to deliver projects on time and on budget.
We are also thankful to our partners and other supporters.
Below is a segment of an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The full article can be found here.
Milwaukee-based JCP Construction named construction general contractor for 2020 DNC
James Phelps can’t wait for the NBA playoffs and the Democratic National Convention.
Phelps is a Milwaukee Bucks fan. He’s also the president of locally owned JCP Construction, which will be tasked with helping overhaul Fiserv Forum for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
A Bucks push to a title would run well into June. The convention will be held July 13-16.
“The Bucks will make the finals,” Phelps said as he expressed confidence that his firm will get the convention job done on time.
On Monday, the firm founded by Phelps and his brothers Jalin and Clifton will be named construction general contractor for the project.
The Democratic National Convention Committee will roll out the production and event management teams that are responsible for preparing Fiserv Forum and the surrounding areas for what is likely to be the biggest event staged in Milwaukee.
Maryland-based Hargrove is the convention’s event management firm.
Hargrove will oversee JCP Construction and Populous, the Kansas City-based firm that designed Fiserv Forum. Populous will also partner with Milwaukee’s American Design Inc.
The lead architect on the project for Populous is a Wisconsin native, Lisa Opper, who said in a statement that the firm is honored to work on “a historic event in one of our historic facilities.”
Democratic National Convention Committee chief executive Joe Solmonese said the “top-notch event management team … perfectly blends the experience, creative vision and ties to the community necessary to craft an experience that breaks the mold and brings everyone in.”
Convention organizers have been committed to diversity and inclusion in all phases of the event, including with contracts.
JCP is a minority-owned firm that has been part of several large Milwaukee construction projects, including Fiserv Forum and Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.
“This means a lot to us,” Phelps said. “It’s exciting to have been selected to be the general contractor. We look forward to the whole process. We look forward to working with the team on this exciting project.”
The firm already knows the territory….