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234 W. Florida St.

Milwaukee WI 53204



414-220-9870  phone 

414-220-9901  fax 



Ann Pieper Eisenbrown 




Marianne Burish 




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Our Properties 


The Mayer 

342 North Water Street

Milwaukee WI, 53202



234 Florida 

234 Florida St.

Milwaukee, WI 53202


The Saddlery 

233 N. Water St.

Milwaukee, WI 53202




100-202 E. Capitol Dr. 

Milwaukee, WI 53212

Pieper Properties eNews

Approaching Milwaukee's Third Ward from the north or the west, the first thing you see is The Mayer Building - the crown jewel of the Third Ward. It sets the tone for the distinctive architectural history of this area with its classic design and pristine glazed terra cotta tile facade. 

Built in 1910 to house the Mayer Boot & Shoe Co., The Mayer Building is somewhat unusual in that ordinarily terra cotta would not be used to clad an entire industrial office building - it would more likely be used as an accent for ornamental trim.  The Mayer Building is also notable as one of the finest and largest examples of polychromatic terra cotta design in Milwaukee, with the contrast between the glazed white tile cladding and the rich cream-colored ornament.  

The Mayer has always offered panoramic views of downtown and the lake, and today is also right across from the Milwaukee Public Market with its varied vendors. 


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Ann Pieper Eisenbrown 


LEEDing the way to high performance and sustainability


Are you familiar with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)?  It is the United States' preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings.  234 W. Florida has achieved a Silver certification for its Core and Shell (CS) design and construction, and all of our office buildings are registered for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) certification.  While we are proud of the CS certification, the EBOM certifications will also show that we operate our buildings sustainably, every day, as we have for many years.  LEED-EBOM evaluates a building within the context of seven areas:


   Site sustainability (i.e. urban redevelopment or greenfield, availability of public transport)

   Water efficiency (sink, toilet, urinal, shower efficiency)

   Energy and atmosphere (EnergyStar rating, building commissioning)

    Materials and resources (sustainable purchasing, solid waste management)

    Indoor environmental quality (indoor air quality, green cleaning, no smoking)

   Innovation (propose new credit not in the above)

   Regional priority (propose regional credit not in above)


This month we focus on energy and atmosphere.  Buildings consume approximately 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced annually in the United States, according to the US Department of Energy.  The energy and atmosphere section of LEED-EBOM encourages the reduction of building energy consumption and the improvement of building energy performance.  This, in turn, reduces pollution generated by power plants, enhances occupant comfort, and lowers operating costs.  


For example, all of our buildings have common area lighting timers, and some also have daylight sensors (which turn off lights when there is plentiful natural light during business hours).  In addition, all renovated toilet rooms, shower/locker rooms and conference rooms have lighting occupancy sensors; some offices also have them. 


Furthermore, all of our mechanical systems have programmable controls, which control settings are checked at least twice a year.  As the buildings move towards the LEED-EBOM "performance period", a third party will visit each building to audit energy consumption and recommend any improvements.  The performance period is when the buildings document LEED-EBOM practices, prior to final LEED certification.  


Last but certainly not least, each of our buildings is tracking energy performance in pursuit of an EnergyStar rating.  EnergyStar assigns a rating from 1 to 100, depending on how the building's energy performance compares to that of its peers.  


Questions?  Comments?  We welcome your involvement!


Next month we will look at materials and resources.


Check your  programmable thermostats at work and at home.

Green Tips


Check your  programmable thermostats at work and at home.

 Check the days and times of operation as well as the setpoints. Better yet, as we head into the cooling season, try 75 degrees for your cooling setpoint. Every one degree change in the thermostat setting reduces energy use 3%. If you have operable windows, open the windows when it's nice out - just be sure your air conditioning is turned off!


If you are looking for sustainable office space or to operate your business more sustainably, check out our helpful tips and tools here.


Neighborhood Close-Up:  Milwaukee Ale House


Milwaukeeans LOVE to eat outside when the weather turns warm. Milwaukee Ale House delivers this - on their great covered deck -along with a spectacular view of the Milwaukee River with its summer boat traffic. 


Situated on the ground floor of our Saddlery Building on Water Street, it's well located to all the businesses in the Third Ward. And if you're planning a private business or social gathering, Milwaukee Ale House has a several unique rooms to fit your needs, including the Hopside Down pub, also with riverside patio dining.


A great place for lunch or dinner, for business or pleasure, their menu has options for everyone's taste.

Just a sample from their menu...


- Spinach Feta Salad with bacon, almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette

- Island Salmon Salad that includes a jerk-seasoned baked fillet on mixed greens with sliced mangos and a mango vinaigrette

- BLT, Burgers, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Veggie Wrap, Blackened Chicken Sandwich, Tenderloin Steak Sandwich, Post Roast Sandwich and more...

- Chili, gumbo and other hand made soups

- Ribs, Pot Pies, Pastas, Stout Pot Roast

- Pizza

- and lots of different microbrewery beers made right down the road on 2nd Street!




Milwaukee Ale House 

233 North Water Street

(414) 226-2337 


Sunday-Wednesday  11:00 am- 12:00
Thursday-Saturday  11:00  til Bar Time

Food Served:

Monday-Thursday  11:00am-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday  11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday  11:00am-9:00pm



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