Northwestern Mutual Tower Blends History and Innovation with New ADE Fountains

August 24, 2017

Since 2012 when Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. revealed plans for building a 32-story tower in downtown Milwaukee, people have been buzzing with excitement over what an economic boon this would be for the city, eventually housing 3,000 employees.

This week, the $450 million campus with Tower and a two-block-long Commons officially opened for employees, as well as space that welcomes the public. What is especially unique to this project is how the design bridges both old and new: the new office tower is connected to Northwestern Mutual’s historic East Wisconsin Avenue office building by a glass-topped atrium.

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The indoor courtyard showcases the beauty of the 100-year-old building’s architecture, and now comes complete with two idyllic fountains designed by Aquatic Design & Engineering (ADE). Nestled between four preserved palm trees, the two 20-foot-long reflecting pools feature a perimeter overflow to provide a calming trickle of water throughout the lobby, while mirroring the ornate glass ceiling above.

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Our team at ADE has been amazed to be a part of the group of designers, architects, engineers, and contractors who have helped make this building a reality, and we’re proud that our water features add a special touch to the preservation of this longstanding company’s history. Congratulations to Northwestern Mutual on this significant achievement that will be celebrated for years to come.

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For more information, take a look at the wonderful coverage compiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and reporter Haley Hansen. All atrium photos: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel