Northwestern Mutual selects general contractor for downtown tower

Special to The Freeman

April 16, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Northwestern Mutual on Wednesday said it has selected Gilbane Building Co. and Milwaukee-based C.G. Schmidt Inc. as the general contractor for the Northwestern Mutual tower in downtown Milwaukee.

“From day one, we wanted to find a general contractor that shares our core values and believes strongly in the commitment we’ve made to the city of Milwaukee to provide opportunities to local residents and small business enterprises,” said Sandy Botcher, Northwestern Mutual vice president and project leader. “We found that in Gilbane and C.G. Schmidt, and we’re excited to work side-by-side with them to make our vision a reality.”

Northwestern Mutual vetted a broad range of general contractors with the expertise and experience needed for the 1.1 million-square-foot project. Construction of the 32-story office tower and three-story common space is scheduled to start later this year and be completed by 2017, according to the statement.

The construction of the project will require more than 1,000 construction-related jobs.

Northwestern Mutual expects to invest approximately $450 million for design and construction of the complex, which will preserve 1,100 downtown jobs while creating 1,900 new ones, according to the statement.