We’re excited to announce Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt, Inc. as the general contractor partnership to oversee construction of our Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and be completed in 2017, creating at least 1,000 construction-related jobs in the meantime. We’re focusing on hiring small business enterprises (SBEs) for 25 percent of the total construction cost and Milwaukee residents for 40 percent of the hours on the construction site. We’ve already hired about 50 Wisconsin-based companies, including more than 30 local SBEs, to help with project-related activities. Now we’re reaching out to the community to proactively communicate opportunities for SBEs to be involved. Click here to learn more.
||Upcoming utility work will close two lanes on Van Buren Street between Wisconsin Ave. and Mason St. and move the bus stop serving MCTS bus route 30. Beginning Friday, March 28, the bus stop and shelter will relocate northward to midway between Mason and Wells. Tuesday, April 1, the south lanes of Mason St. will be closed from Prospect to Van Buren. There will be no eastbound through-traffic on that section of Mason, and the Cass Street intersection will be closed for 3-4 weeks, shifting the crosswalk slightly northward. On Wisconsin Ave., major utility work at the NE corner of Van Buren and Wisconsin will close two crosswalks. Pedestrians should use the Cass Street crosswalk to cross from the north side to the south side of Wisconsin Ave. Thank you for your patience as we make every effort to avoid closing streets entirely. The utility work will be done by Memorial Day. Sign up for travel email alerts.|
Northwestern Mutual recently sponsored the Milwaukee Tour of the It Gets Better project, a global movement that encourages people to speak up against hate and intolerance and provides a message of hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths and other bullied teens. Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, touring with the project, performed in front of a full house at a luncheon for our LGBT and Allies (LGBTA) Employee Resource Group. The It Gets Better cast also performed at the Marcus Center and visited several local high schools and Marquette University during the Milwaukee Tour. Learn more.
We recently wrapped up another successful United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) campaign, breaking our giving record and exceeding our employee participation goal. We’re the largest corporate funder of the largest performing arts campaign in the country. The 38 Milwaukee UPAF member groups and affiliates provide more than 2,000 local performances and generate more than $236 million for the local economy each year. Our fundraising efforts will help these groups continue to contribute to the vibrant performing arts scene that helps make Milwaukee a great place to live, work and play. Photo: Employees try out instruments brought in by a local vendor during the campaign. Learn more.
We’ve invited four teams to make proposals to serve as general contractor for construction of the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. Local and small business enterprises can contact these firms to explore sub-contracting opportunities for a project that will reshape Milwaukee’s skyline. The firms are: Clark Construction Group, LLC with Hunzinger Construction Co.; Gilbane Building Co. with C.G. Schmidt Inc.; Lend Lease Construction; and Mortenson Construction. More than 50 local businesses are working with us to help design the new Tower and Commons, deconstruct our 16-story east building and relocate campus utilities. We’re committed to providing jobs to local residents. Learn more.
Our downtown expansion is winning statewide awards. Our renovated Van Buren Office Building was selected by The Daily Reporter newspaper as one of Wisconsin’s Top 30 construction projects of 2013. The projects were narrowed from a field of 80 submissions based on criteria such as a commitment to sustainable construction, positive effects on the surrounding area, innovation and more. Our commitment to hire local small business enterprises to work on our campus expansion was also recognized with the Corporation of the Year award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. Learn more about our distinctions.
Dr. Eve Hall, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milwaukee, kicked off our Black History Month celebration on Feb. 3 with a presentation and interactive group discussion that offered a unique perspective of African American history and progress. The event was hosted by Northwestern Mutual’s African American Employee Resource Group as part of its ongoing Speaker Series. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Northwestern Mutual.
There’s been a flurry of activity on our downtown campus as crews work to deconstruct our east building. In the last few months they’ve taken down two skywalks, erected scaffolding around the building, brought in a fleet of heavy equipment and installed a 19-story tower crane. Catch all the action in an exciting time-lapse video of the deconstruction site made from photos taken since November. Five cameras installed on surrounding buildings are taking photos every 15 minutes. We’ll keep you in the loop with more videos in the future.
Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $2 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to fund a new facility for kids fighting cancer and blood disorders. The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer, slated for completion in 2015, will provide outpatient treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders. It will house exam, treatment and conference rooms as well as a “community room” where care can be delivered while patients and families engage in play and educational activities led by specially trained staff. It will also have a pharmacy. Learn more.
We’re sharing our Tower and Commons project with local architecture, design, engineering and real estate students through a “Master Class” that provides an inside learning experience. About 85 students and faculty advisors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University and Marquette University hear firsthand from architects, engineers and other professionals who are working on our downtown expansion. Six sessions are scheduled between December 2013 and May 2015. Pictured is Emma Gabor, an interior design student at Mount Mary University. Learn more.
As we deconstruct our east building to make room for the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, we’re pleased to be able to support Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force and repurpose some materials at the same time. Slabs of our building’s granite will top seating areas and pave a small gathering area in front of a new Welcome Center the task force is building at the task force’s farm in Franklin. We also regularly sponsor seed and fertilizer purchases for the farm, and many of our employees volunteer there. Learn more.
As part of our ongoing commitment to hire U.S. military veterans, members of our Military Veterans Employee Resource Group took part in a January 16, 2014, Hiring Our Heroes job fair. Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several state and local partners, the event was held at Milwaukee Goodwill Industries’ James O. Wright Center for Work and Training. Our employees spoke with about 100 veterans during the 3-hour event, telling them about job opportunities with Northwestern Mutual and instructing them in how to apply online. Learn more.
On Monday, January 20, Northwestern Mutual observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as “a day on, not a day off,” giving employees the opportunity to participate in Day of Service volunteer activities. More than 400 employees volunteered at schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Milwaukee, organized by the company’s African American Employee Resource Group and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Approximately 60 employees from Northwestern Mutual took their families along to help paint, clean and organize at Milwaukee’s Gwen T. Jackson School. The school is in the Amani area, a neighborhood Northwestern Mutual is working with to build and support community-driven change to improve the quality of life for its residents. Learn more.
For the second year, we scored 90 out of a possible 100 points in the recently announced 2014 Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index survey. The Corporate Equality Index helps gauge trends and best practices among businesses related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the workplace. Results of the index can help guide and inspire companies' development of non-discriminative and inclusive policies. The 2014 survey is designed to reflect best-in-class operations. High ratings from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation are given to companies that meet the workplace needs of the LGBT community. Learn more.
Watch for continued and additional lane closures around our construction site. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 8, the utility work will turn the corner at Mason Street, temporarily closing three traffic lanes between Prospect and Marshall, making that section of Mason a one-way street going west until approximately mid-April. The lane and sidewalk closures on the west side of Prospect Avenue, south from Mason Street to the curve, will remain blocked off during the project, which will be completed this spring. Our downtown campus expansion is a huge, complex project. We’ll continue to notify you of street and sidewalk closures in advance whenever possible. We are making every effort to keep inconveniences to a minimum. Subscribe for travel email updates.
We exceeded our United Way goal this year, proving once again that we LIVE UNITED. Our generous employees donated more than $1,770,000 – nearly $50,000 above the company goal – to this year’s campaign. That amount includes more than $1.6 million in pledges and $ 111,000 in special events. More than 82 percent of our employees donated. Learn More.
Every year our employees nominate favorite local charities to receive a donation. Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation chooses 25 at random and then notifies the nominating employees. This year we added Employees Choice awards, letting employees vote for charities to receive larger gifts. Recipients are: Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, $35,000; ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis), $25,000; Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center, $25,000; Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, $20,000; and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, $15,000. Learn More.
On Oct. 3, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John Schlifske signed the Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. The statement reaffirms Northwestern Mutual’s pledge to support our Guard and Reserve employees and encourage others to join us. We’ve initiated a new recruiting effort aimed toward veterans and recently launched a dedicated website to help them consider making the career transition. We will also increase our presence at military veteran career fairs.
Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross (ARC) to assist the relief effort in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. This is in addition to our 2012 commitment to the ARC of $500,000 over two years for disaster relief. Our foundation also has set up websites for our employees and financial representatives across the country to donate to the ARC’s efforts to aid the typhoon victims as well as the tornado victims in the Midwest. Learn more.
With the holidays fast approaching, this fall our employees were challenged to collect enough ingredients to make 1,600 green bean casseroles for the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. In true Northwestern Mutual form, we knocked it out of the park. Many departments came up with creative competitions, and in all we collected 8,738 cans of green beans, 4,607 cans of cream of mushroom soup and 2,812 cans of French-fried onions – nearly doubling our goal for complete casseroles. Learn More.
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: |