The Grand Hall in the future Northwestern Mutual
MILWAUKEE - Northwestern Mutual
officially broke ground Tuesday on its new high-rise
office tower in downtown Milwaukee.
Construction of the 32-story, 1.1-million square-foot
building in downtown Milwaukee at the corner of Cass and
Mason streets is expected to be completed by 2017. The
financial services company said it will preserve 1,100
jobs while adding 1,900 new ones.
“The tower and commons will be a physical
manifestation of Northwestern Mutual’s incredibly bright
future,” Northwestern Mutual CEO John Schlifske said in
a Northwestern release. “At the same time, it will
demonstrate our belief in Milwaukee, help us engage the
community in new and exciting ways, and serve as a
catalyst for job creation and economic growth for the
entire Milwaukee region.”
The Northwestern Mutual Tower is expected to take
its place in the Milwaukee skyline by 2017.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the
company’s investment affirms its commitment to
“The company sees our city as a place to
grow. I am particularly pleased that this project adds
jobs to our economy both during construction and into
the foreseeable future. It is reason for the entire
community to celebrate,” he said.
Representatives from community nonprofit
organizations, local educational institutions, business
leaders, charitable partners, members of the Milwaukee
Common Council and others in the community took part in
The celebration featured a performance by
the student musical group Mariachi Infantil from the
Latino Arts Strings Program, an in-school and
after-school music educational program for students and
graduates of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School.
The Commons area of the future Northwestern Mutual
The students triggered the main event by
pulling a lever that launched streamers above the crowd
and revealed two excavators rising up from the
construction site - a symbolic beginning to the project.
Others there were owners and employees of
local and small business enterprises, who have been
hired to work on the project. Northwestern Mutual says
it has already hired more than 70 Wisconsin-based
companies, including more than three dozen SBEs, to
perform a variety of duties related to the overall
The company says it committed to use
small business enterprises for at least 25 percent of
the total construction cost and Milwaukee residents for
40 percent of the hours on the construction site.
Milwaukee-based Gilbane Building Co. and
C.G. Schmidt Inc. are the general contractors for the
project. The project will require more than 1,000