Northwestern Mutual has asked four teams to make proposals to
serve as general contractor for construction of the company’s
new downtown Milwaukee tower, according to a Monday
announcement, as well as encouraged local and small businesses
to seek opportunities to be subcontractors on the large project.
“Our selection of these contractors shows continued progress on
a signature development for this financially strong and growing
company,” said Sandy Botcher, Northwestern Mutual vice president
and project leader, in a statement. “We’ve carefully vetted a
broad range of firms to narrow the field to these four teams,
and we look forward to selecting a general contractor that has
the expertise and experience to build a landmark project for
One of the following four teams will be chosen by mid-April:
Clark Construction Group, LLC with Hunzinger Construction Co. in
Brookfield; Gilbane Building Co. with C.G. Schmidt Inc. in
Milwaukee; Lend Lease Construction in Chicago; and Mortenson
Construction in Brookfield.
Construction is set to begin later this year on the 1.1
million-square-foot Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons with a
completed date of 2017. The finished building will be 32 stories
and cost about $450 million.
According to Monday’s announcement, small, emerging, and women-
and minority-owned business enterprises are being sought for at
least 25 percent of the total construction cost and Milwaukee
residents for 40 percent of the hours on the construction site.
“We’re committed to fulfilling our promise to hire local and
small business enterprises engaged in the construction trades,”
Botcher said in the statement. “We want our fellow businesses –
especially local contractors – to be a partner in the process of
making our vision a reality.”
For more information about the Northwestern Mutual Tower and
Northwestern Mutual is a mutual company with $1.5 trillion of
life insurance protection in force. Northwestern Mutual is the
marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
Company, Milwaukee and its subsidiaries.