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Wisconn Valley construction
Foxconn from the air; a bird’s eye view of the construction site

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Foxconn Technology Group project area is so large that seeing it from above is the only way to see it all at once.

With a lift from Al Downs of Racine Sport Flyers, based at Batten International Airport, The Journal Times flew over the Area I Foxconn site this week where the early work is being done in southwest Mount Pleasant. Construction crews have been establishing the entrances and haul roads for what will ramp up into an enormous operation to lay about 1.5 million tons of gravel.

Adam Jelen, senior vice president for Wisconsin for Gilbane Building Co., calls this phase the construction of the “chassis” for Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park, Foxconn’s future U.S. manufacturing campus. Gilbane and M+W are overseeing construction of the $10 billion, 22-million-square-foot campus.

Building Wisconn Valley’s “chassis” also includes creating the drainage systems and other infrastructure according to the master plan for the 1,198 acres known as Area I of the overall Foxconn area. Area I is located south of Braun Road, north of Highway KR, and west of Highway H to the Interstate.

Also to be laid will be 1- to 3-foot-thick gravel pads for where the Foxconn buildings, including four manufacturing plants, and parking lots are to be constructed. Jelen has said those structural areas, the pads to be built, are equivalent to about 100 football fields.

The gravel, or aggregate, being laid will slowly ramp up to about 1,000 truckloads per day.

In addition, construction is expected to start this summer or fall on a 90,000- to 100,000-square-foot multipurpose building that will serve the rest of the multiyear construction project. The building will be the hub for construction on site. It will also be used to carry out activities such as: testing of equipment and advanced manufacturing techniques; and beta testing of assembly and manufacturing systems that will be used in the company’s Wisconsin operations.

Submitted Photo 

The Duffy family, of Hales Corners, poses with Rocky, the puppy who was allegedly abused by his Racine owner. The Duffys adopted Rocky from the Mount Pleasant campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society Thursday night.

Mother grateful to community after daughter's seizure at parade

RACINE — A Racine mother is thanking the community for its quick action after her daughter had a seizure during Wednesday’s Fourth Fest parade.

Melissa Galipeau, director of human resources for a Kenosha company, said that her 16-year-old daughter, for whom she asked not to be identified in print, has been struggling with seizures since the beginning of the year.

Doctors were unable to find a cause for the teen’s sudden bout of seizures, so they decided to change the girl’s medications to see if that would prevent the seizures. Galipeau’s daughter had not had a seizure since February, and Galipeau was hopeful that the situation was perhaps behind them.

Fast forward to Fourth of July, when Galipeau and her family were attending Racine’s Fourth Fest parade with plans to watch her daughter, a Park High School varsity cheerleader, perform in the parade. Galipeau had previously served as her cheer squad coach.

The cheerleaders stopped near 12th and Main streets to perform. Shortly after, Galipeau said her daughter told he fellow cheerleaders she wasn’t feeling right. The group made it down the block to 13th and Main streets and that was when Galipeau’s daughter began to throw up.

Because a few of her daughter’s teammates knew of their squad mate’s health issues earlier in the year, they ran to find her mother.

When Galipeau made it to her daughter, she knew was immediately concerned. “She was warm and you could tell something was wrong,” Galipeau said. “She always gets a funny look on her face when she is about to have a seizure, so I kind of knew it was coming.”

Community response

Galipeau brought her daughter to the ground and she began to seize. She said her daughter was unconscious for a little over a minute. That is when Galipeau said the community sprang into action, helping her daughter at lightning speed.

“Homeowners were bringing stuff out to her, like cold water and ice packs,” Galipeau said. “People were holding a blanket over her to block the sun. It was quite amazing.”

A passer-by called 911 and paramedics arrived, checking the teenager’s blood pressure, heart rate before transferring her to Ascension All Saints hospital.

At the hospital, medical staff stabilized the teen and got her heart rate and blood pressure down, and she was treated and released from the hospital. Galipeau said dehydration was likely the cause of her daughter’s recent seizure.

Galipeau said she appreciates the assistance her daughter received from everyone that day, from nearby homeowners, parade goers, paramedics and the nurses at Ascension All Saints hospital.

“It was amazing and overwhelming to see that people will go out of their way and help anybody,” Galipeau said. “That’s one thing I think about living in Racine. Racine doesn’t always have a good reputation, but the people here in the community are good people and are always willing to help.”

“Racine doesn’t always have a good reputation, but the people here in the community are good people and are always willing to help.” Melissa Galipeau