“Topping off” ceremony marks Titletown District milestone


ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wednesday marked a major milestone for one part of the Titletown District under construction near Lambeau Field.

Lodge Kohler, one of the project’s anchor businesses, celebrated a “topping off” ceremony, with the final exterior beam going into place.

Representatives from Kohler and Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett were on hand for Wednesday’s ceremony.

Project leaders called it an exciting day for the Titletown District as they’re looking toward the future.

The hotel, Hinterland Brewery, and Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic are the anchor properties of the $130 million Titletown District, and we’re told construction of all three is on schedule. Hinterland is scheduled to open in April, and Lodge Kohler and the Bellin facility are scheduled to open in July.

“Now that we have the structural beam in place, we’ll continue with the precast, architectural precast panels that are going to go on the building that should be done in the next week of two and then the windows and glazing for the rest of the project about a month after that,” Kohler’s Senior Staff Project Manager of Hospitality Jeff Dedering said.

“Really by, in December, we’re going to be wind and water tight with the roof on. We’ll be able to work on all of the nice finishes that you saw on the renderings,” Dedering said.

The Lodge Kohler hotel will have 144 rooms, a restaurant with a panoramic view, and a spa. The hotel says it will be a luxurious experience, but they’re committed to make it accessible for everyone.

“From the fifth floor of the hotel, our restaurant is going to have what we call a panoramic view. On one side of the restaurant, it will have a stunning view of Lambeau stadium. The other side will have a view of Titletown Plaza so guests will be able to see all the activities going on,” said Christine Loose, group director of lodging.

The Kohler Company says the plan for the hotel was years in the making, and now the vision is coming together.

“It’s a very exciting point because now we get to move to the inside of the building, which allows us to see the guest rooms and the lobby and the common space come to life, and see what the hotel is going to look like in the final completion of the project,” Loose says.

You can already book rooms at Lodge Kohler. Check-in is available starting July 24. Rooms start at about $200 but game day rates are more than $450.

Lodge Kohler and the Bellin facility are scheduled to open in July. Hinterland is scheduled to open even earlier, in April.

“We’re getting closed up here in the next 10 days. and really winter shouldn’t be an issue at all. All of the heating and everything is in place,” Hinterland Brewery owner/president Bill Tressler said. Hinterland expects to bring brewing equipment into the building in about a month.

He says a lot of that progress is because the weather has been cooperating.

“Generally this time of year you expect a lot of cold, even rain and God forbid snow at this point, but it does happen right?” Tressler said.

The centerpiece of the Titletown District will be a public park with a 100-yard field with an artificial surface, plaza, activities area, playground and, for winter, a sledding hill and an ice skating pond connected to a skating trail.