Northwestern Mutual adds contractors for downtown tower project

Freeman Staff

Jan. 22, 2015

MILWAUKEE - Northwestern Mutual announced nearly five dozen companies on Wednesday that had joined the design and construction team for the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, a 32-story, 1.1 millions-square-foot development to be built over the next three years near Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Sandy Botcher, head of Northwestern Mutual’s downtown campus development project, stressed the inclusion of various Milwaukee companies on the list of new hires.

“From day one, we said we needed the community and our fellow businesses, especially local companies, to be a partner in this process,” said Botcher.

Waukesha County firms included in the released list were:

From New Berlin: B&D Contractors and United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.;

From Waukesha: Boelter, LLC and JWC Building Specialties, Inc.;

From Menomonee Falls: Choice Construction, Inc., Con-Cor Company, Duew Metal Products, Inc., Hurt Electric, Inc., LaForce, Inc. and Staff Electric Company, Inc.;

From Sussex: E.R. Abernathy Industrial, Inc. and Tremmel Anderson Trucking, LLC.;

From Pewaukee: Hetzel-Sanfilippo, Inc. and Klein Dickert Milwaukee, Inc.; from Brookfield: Hiram Power Electric, KMI Construction, LLC and PL Freeman Company, Inc.;

From Lannon: Rams Contracting Ltd.;

And from Oconomowoc: Valente Transport Inc. and Vizcaino Trucking, Inc.

The new companies hired to work on the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons will perform jobs ranging from foundation, architecture and building automation, to plumbing, electrical and mechanical work.

Construction of the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. The site is currently being prepared for vertical construction that is expected to begin in February, when crews undertake a 24-hour concrete pour, the largest continuous pour conducted in the state of Wisconsin.

Once completed, the project is expected to preserve 1,100 downtown jobs while adding 1,900 new ones.