The Global Water Center (GWC) is a 98,000 square foot, seven-story refurbishment of a century-old brick and timber warehouse into a first-class office and research space. The building features a 44-person lecture hall, prototype exhibition space, and a state-of-the-art water flow-testing stand. Historically, the building had been used as a used seatbelt and box storage facility, before being renovated by design firm Kahler Slater.
The Global Water Center houses water-centric research facilities for universities, existing water-related companies, and accelerator space for new, emerging water technology companies. With over 40 tenant organizations, the GWC continues to be a magnet for foreign dignitaries, water technology businesses, economic development organizations, and students from all levels. The development of the GWC was an important milestone, as it established a highly visible headquarter base for The Water Council, and a platform to grow Wisconsin’s water technology cluster.
Visitors to the GWC can participate in self-guided tours of the first-floor exhibit space, and see various lab spaces. As one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of Walker’s Point, see breath-taking vistas of the Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee’s downtown. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lab space, and see where some of the brightest minds in water-technology are making groundbreaking new discoveries that have turned Milwaukee into the “Silicon Valley of Water.”