The Wells Building was designed by Henry Koch, and despite an ongoing modernization project, it maintains its historic charm. Prioritizing performance and comfort, the building owners took a holistic approach to renovations by scrapping outdated infrastructure and starting fresh with a new backbone to build off. As a result, the building now offers custom-built office suites and maintains its legacy as the most connected office building in Wisconsin, housing over thirty data and telecommunication carriers.
The Wells Building has had a longstanding relationship with the City of Milwaukee, previously working with the Me2 program to receive a grant that played a critical role in completing their HVAC retrofit. Because of their previous success working with the City, when Milwaukee took the Better Buildings Challenge pledge in 2012, the Wells Building was quick to join.
The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® is not yet set up for the Wells Building, but it is expected that the account will be set up and shared in the near future to allow tracking of the building's energy consumption. However, based on the building’s records and estimations, they will be able to cut 17 million gallons of water consumption per year and reduce their energy consumption by 25% as a result of their efficiency upgrades.
The Wells Building looks forward to working with the Better Buildings Challenge to accurately benchmark the office energy data separate from the data center usage.