Global Water Center
The seven-story, Class A building at 247 Freshwater way was built in 1904 and purchased as a vacant building in 2013 before undergoing a complete renovation under the direction of The Water Council. The Water Council was established as a 501(c)(3) in 2009 and consists of business, academia, and government members whose aim is to put Milwaukee on the world water map as a freshwater research economic development, and educational hub.
As The Global Water Center, the building now functions as a major player in the development of Reed Street Yards (RSY) as a Water Technology research park and global showcase for water management. Its amenities including a 44-person auditorium, flow lab with exhibition space, and high-tech core facilities that support water research and product development activities. In addition to The Water Council, the building’s over 45 tenant organizations include several other water- and research-centric organizations such as A.O. Smith, Zurn Industries, Marquette University, Veolia, GRAEF, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Green Infrastructure Center of Excellence to name a few.
The Global Water Center is also LEED Silver Certified and was the first commercial buildings to ever implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Water Standard.
The Global Water Center’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® baseline begins in 2013, when it was purchased as a vacant building. Since then, it has undergone significant construction and slowly increased occupancy over time, as reflected by the steady increase in EUI through 2017. The building now operates at 100% occupancy and, since the universities began leasing space in 2015, often keeps long and irregular hours.
As part of Reed Street Yards, The Global Water Center will continue to collaborate with and attract U.S. and foreign dignitaries, students, water technology businesses, and economic development organizations as a global showcase for water management.