Building a Community
We lit up our East Office Building this week with “B4N CU17” – text language for “Bye For Now, See You in 2017.” The goodbye message refers to our building deconstruction, making way for the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons scheduled to be completed in 2017. Share the photo via Facebook and Twitter.
We’re already partnering with more than three dozen local companies to prepare for the demolition of our east building in downtown Milwaukee. And on October 1, we announced the names of more than a dozen Milwaukee-area firms that will serve in a variety of roles related to the construction of our new 1.1 million-square-foot Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. See who’s helping us build.
On September 25, 2013, Northwestern Mutual Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John E. Schlifske unveiled the design of Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. The new development will preserve 1,100 downtown jobs while creating 1,900 new ones, welcome residents and visitors to a downtown landmark, and anchor Milwaukee's lakefront development. The project will also employ nearly 1,000 construction workers. Watch this video to learn more.
View an exciting series of vignettes featuring designs of Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, a building that will reshape Milwaukee's skyline and serve as a beacon for the Northwestern Mutual family, Milwaukee residents, and visitors to our hometown.
||We want Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons to create a beautiful complement to the Milwaukee skyline and build a workplace that meets the practical needs of our business. Take a look at our interior design renderings revealing:
- The Commons, which will include a company visitor center, casual dining opportunities open to the public and conference rooms employees can reserve to meet with civic groups, vendors and others
- The Northwestern Mutual Gardens, a nearly three-acre public green space with abundant gardens and trees, a water feature, tables, benches and walkways
- The “Top of the Tower,” a two-story collaborative space on the 32nd floor including conference rooms and banquet facilities for special events open to all employees
On October, 6, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel announced that we rank No. 1 on the Deloitte 2013 Wisconsin 75 – an annual list that recognizes the largest privately held companies in Wisconsin. While the companies are ranked by revenue, the list also recognizes companies’ contributions to the communities in which they are located and their overall impact on Wisconsin’s economy. Learn more about the Deloitte ranking and our other company distinctions.
As part of our Stolen Bases Happy Faces program, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation donated $1,000 for each Milwaukee Brewers stolen base at Miller Park this season to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin – to help kids fighting cancer and their families find happiness. The Brewers stole 73 bases at Miller Park this year, but the Foundation decided to round up their gift to an even $75,000. Joining in on the check presentation on September 20 was five-year-old Issy – who has been battling cancer since he was 10 months old – his parents, and Brewers shortstop Jean Segura. Learn more about our Childhood Cancer Program.
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) students were offered a
real-life challenge: spend a semester designing a hypothetical "commons space" for Northwestern Mutual’s new tower as part of their capstone project. Watch this video to see how students applied what they learned in class and embraced the unique educational opportunity.
Our recently purchased building at 733 N. Van Buren St. in Milwaukee will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified. We invested $27 million to renovate the 1926 building and make it a long-term part of our campus. Learn more about our company distinctions.
We’re proud to show our support for the 2013 United Way campaign, kicking off this month. We’ve been a valued partner of United Way for more than 100 years. This year Executive Vice President—Products, Sales & Marketing Greg Oberland is serving as a community co-chair and many of our employees serve United Way and its partner agencies in many capacities year-round. See other ways we’re making Milwaukee great.
In August, our Hispanic and LGBTA Employee Resource Groups encouraged their work colleagues to donate backpacks and school supplies for The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Bruce-Guadalupe Community School. A grand total of 368 backpacks were gathered, along with eight full boxes of additional school supplies – nearly twice as much as was collected last year. Learn more about our commitment by reading our Diversity and Inclusion brochure and watching this video.
Our Military Veterans Employee Resource Group raised $4,320 in pledges for Fisher House Wisconsin while participating in the Milwaukee Brewers 5K Sausage Run/Walk at Miller Park this summer. The Fisher House offers military and veterans' families shelter and support during a medical crisis. See other ways we’re strengthening communities where we live and work.