Northwestern Mutual Milwaukee unveils the new office tower design by the well known Connecticut based architectural and design firm Pickard Chilton. Additional 50 local companies are also involved in the demolition and construction of the new office tower. The $450 million budget for the new tower aims to top a 32 story tower, approximately 550 feet tall containing 1.1 million square feet of space with a three story two city block long adjoining space known as the Commons.
The building site could include a three-acre of public landscape greenery and gardens adjacent to Wisconsin Ave and Mason Street. The common area should also include a public casual dining area, conference rooms, and additional public spaces.
Back in 2011, Northwestern mutual announced the demolition plans of the existing tower due to the high maintenance and operational costs of the facility. The new development is planed to replace the existing tower on the current site at the southeast corner of Cass and Mason Streets.
Northwestern has recruited 13 other additional local companies to help in the design and construction of the new tower, and 36 companies to help in the demolition and site preparation for the new tower development. The local companies included top talent architectural firms such as Matt Rinka, and Norman Barrientos, and John Kissinger of Graef-USA Inc. Other high profile leading companies such as CG Schmidt, Johnson Controls, and Rockwell Automation were also hired for demolition.
The demolition process could begin early December 2013 through fall 2014, with a groundbreaking in the fall 2014. Completion date is estimated for the year 2017 if not earlier.
The new tower should be able to reflect the economical power of Northwestern Mutual serving ongoing expanding demands of nearly over 4-million policy owners. The new Northwestern Mutual image should be able to strengthen the company role in the community and the Milwaukee area by attracting additional top talent to the area promoting economical growth in the region.