Bader Rutter

Bader Rutter’s new headquarters is part of the redevelopment of the historic Laacke & Joys company building. The building was initially a wagon works producing carriages, buggies, sleighs, machinery for mills, tanneries and ship work. It was owned and operated by the Heinl Family from 1866 to 1925. Later, the business evolved and they added a blacksmith shop and converted their operations to service the automobile industry. In 1926 the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company took over the building for its machine shop. Three other industrial businesses operated out of these buildings up until the Peck Family took over ownership in 1985 of the 1421 N. Water St. building and eventually Laacke & Joys moved into the 1433 location. This history combined with its location made it the perfect fit for Bader Rutter’s needs.

The project redeveloped the historic brick and timber structures that remain in addition to adding new construction. The new 1433 N. Water St. structure consists of five stories with 23,662 square foot floorplates and a centralized elevator and restrooms within the core of the building. The monumental staircase serves as a strong yet vibrant interconnection between floors and staff and inspires gatherings and meetings.

The project utilized the City of Milwaukee’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program to help fund energy components including a geothermal HVAC unit and double pane windows. In addition, the building also installed LED lighting and a building automation system for added control. The building is also a participant in the Better Buildings Challenge and continues to work toward energy reduction.

We made the decision to bring Bader Rutter back downtown for one overriding reason: We were searching for a great experience for our people and our clients. Simple as that. Downtown offered the best opportunity to create that kind of memorable experience,” states Greg Nickerson, CEO of Bader Rutter.

An important feature of this development is the continued development of the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

Nearby amenities are all within 3-4 blocks – river, park, restaurants, hotels, banks, coffee shops, music venues, new housing, grocery, and other Streetcar line and is within a ½ mile of the new Bucks Entertainment District with $1 billion in new proposed development.

To learn more about this building’s participation in the Better Buildings Challenge, visit 


Building Info :

1433 N. Water St
10 am to 5 pm
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