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The Westin Milwaukee

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The Westin Milwaukee is a 9-story hotel located just steps from the waterfront in the heart of downtown. The brand new building opened in June 2017 and offers professional meeting spaces, an Italian-inspired restaurant with bar, a fitness studio, pet-friendly perks, and 220 rooms accommodating up to 400 guests - not to mention extensive event spaces.

The Westin Milwaukee was the first new construction PACE project in the country and is managed by White Lodging. Consistent with The Westin reputation as one of Marriott’s greenest brands, The Westin Milwaukee was designed with nature in mind. The interior features colors derived from nature, an abundance of natural light, and even a living green wall in the lobby. The solely locally-sourced selection of Wisconsin beer in the restaurant bar and on-site laundry are additional ways that the hotel is able to cut back on their carbon emissions in pursuit of sustainability.


Being green is just good business sense - not only are guests generally interested in sustainability, but financially it has benefited us through the use of PACE funding and by cutting energy and operational costs.
Doug Nysse, Principal, Arrival Partners, LLC

Energy Performance

Having just opened in the summer of 2017, it will take some time for The Westin Milwaukee to stabilize their energy usage and to establish an energy baseline. The building management team currently manages the building data using excel spreadsheets and physical walk-throughs, but they look forward to working with the Better Buildings Challenge to set up an ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® account to assist with data tracking very soon.

Completed Projects

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  • LED lighting throughout the building, with the exception of a staple Marriott bathroom feature
Plug Loads & Controls
  • Adjustable and programmable timers for lighting control


  • Windows – low conductivity glass, thermally broken frames, reduced glazing area


  • HVAC energy management controls (air temperature reset controls, demand control ventilation)
  • HVAC systems - high efficiency Water Source Heat Pumps
  • Hydronic systems – condensing natural gas boilers, fully condensing gas-fired domestic hot water heaters – efficiencies 96%

Appliances & Equipment

  • Low energy use traction elevators


  • Low flow fixtures in restrooms and public spaces

Future Plans

The Westin Milwaukee looks forward to establishing an energy use baseline in the near future in order to continue working towards energy efficiency.

Fast Facts

550 N Van Buren St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Year Built

177,000 sq ft

Building Type

JSWD Wisconsin Venture I


Joined Pledge

20% reduction in Energy Use Intensity by 2026


Program Participation

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Project Types

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HVAC Project Completed Icon Appliances and Equipment Project Completed Icon Water Project Completed Icon


Project Highlight: Water Source Heat Pump

Compared to the standard PTAC (package terminal AC), building management at The Westin Milwaukee decided to take their HVAC to the next level by installing high efficiency WSHPs -  capable of 13.1 EER and 4.6 COP in cooling and heating mode.

Building Contact

Doug Nysse
Arrival Partners, LLC
[email protected]
(414) 212-5494

Why Participate?

The Westin works hard to incorporate wellness and deliver quality within their buildings. They took the Better Buildings Challenge pledge in order to utilize PACE financing and to demonstrate environmental and financial responsibility.

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