Northwestern Mutual breaks ground on 32-storey building project in Milwaukee

27 August 2014 (Last Updated August 27th, 2014 18:30)

Northwestern Mutual has broken ground on its new 32-storey Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Northwestern Mutual has broken ground on its new 32-storey Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Being built on a 1.1 million ft² area, the building will have space for office, residents and visitors.

Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO John Schlifske said: "The Tower and Commons will be a physical manifestation of Northwestern Mutual's incredibly bright future.

"At the same time, it will demonstrate our belief in Milwaukee, help us engage the community in new and exciting ways, and serve as a catalyst for job creation and economic growth for the entire Milwaukee region."

"I am particularly pleased that this project adds jobs to our economy both during construction and into the foreseeable future."

The tower will preserve 1,100 city jobs and add 1,900 new jobs in the region.

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett said: "The company sees our city as a place to grow.

"I am particularly pleased that this project adds jobs to our economy both during construction and into the foreseeable future."

Northwestern Mutual was supported by more than 70 Wisconsin-based firms, including 36 small business enterprises (SBEs) while working on the project.

Schlifske said: "This project is as much the community's as it is Northwestern Mutual's, and we're excited to welcome the public inside our doors and make sure they play a role in making the Tower and Commons a reality.

"That includes partnering with and engaging local businesses and Milwaukee residents through all phases of the project."

Construction work on the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons will be completed in 2017.