Milwaukee: the Heart of the Nation’s Most Densely Populated Water Tech Cluster


Located in Milwaukee, Where Water Works®

Opened in 2013, the Global Water Center (GWC) is a 98,000 sq. ft. (9,104 m2) facility located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin housing water-centric research, office and collaboration facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and new, emerging water technology companies. With over 40 tenant organizations, the GWC continues to be a magnet for U.S. and foreign dignitaries, global 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 landing pad for organizations to participate in the leading U.S. water technology hub.

The GWC is the cornerstone to Reed Street Yards, a Water Technology Business Park, located across the street. The Yards is a global destination for businesses and one of Wisconsin’s first Eco-Industrial Business Parks, a concept that seeks to balance natural resources and economic development. Once a former brownfield, the Yards is a 17 acre (6.9 hectares) water technology business park for mixed-use urban office, educational, research and technology focused on the international water industry. Visitors to the area can meet and learn about organizations including A.O. Smith, Zurn Industries, Marquette University, Veolia, GRAEF, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Green Infrastructure Center of Excellence and a number of students, startups and researchers from around the world.

“The concentration of resources available for my small business to maximize growth was key in my decision to relocate from Chicago to Milwaukee’s Global Water Center.” – Jose Ramirez, CEO, Mikroflot Technologies & OptikTechnik, 2017


Global Water Center
247 W. Freshwater Way
Milwaukee, WI 53204 USA


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  • 7-story, historic, loft office and R&D building
  • Flow Lab with exhibition space for new prototypes
  • 44-person auditorium
  • Paul & Pat Jones Board Room with international video conferencing technology
  • Community cafe for networking and meetings
  • Targeted community of water tech professionals and experts
  • Green and blue roof
  • First ever commercial building to implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s International Water Standard (VIEW our commitment)
  • Silver LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Expansive views of downtown Milwaukee and Reed Street Yards
  • Exposed timber ceilings and natural light

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Landing pad for global water companies entering North America and U.S. businesses looking to launch, grow and discover new opportunities.

The Oasis Coworking Community is a shared, collaborative workspace housing companies from around the world and around the region seeking to tap the growing network of industry resources located in Milwaukee’s water technology cluster. The Oasis is approximately 4,000 sq. ft. (372 sq. m.) and located within the Global Water Center – a seven story, 98,000 sq. ft. (9,104 sq. m.) facility housing water-centric research, office and collaboration facilities for over 40 organizations. The workspace provides a variety of flexible term lease arrangements and affordable pricing to accommodate entrepreneurs and small businesses in Wisconsin, as well as national and global organizations. BREW Accelerator graduates reside within the Oasis.

Global Water Center Facts:

  • 40+ water-related organizations
  • 74+ visiting countries since 2013
  • Only 1 in the world combining industry, academia, government and talent in the water space

“I prefer to have Danish companies go to a smaller city like Milwaukee, versus the very large cities, because of the concentrated water technology support system available.” – Consul General Jakob Andersen, Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago


Global Water Center – 2nd Floor
247 W. Freshwater Way
Milwaukee, WI 53204 USA


  • Fully furnished and ready-to-go desk space (reserved and shared desks)
  • High-speed internet
  • Printing
  • Personalized signage and brand visibility
  • Access to technical assistance, research partnerships and seminars
  • Complimentary coffee
  • Access to Global Water Center amenities including kitchen, auditorium, Paul & Pat Jones Board Room and Flow Lab
  • Locked storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Mailbox/mail services
  • Unique networking opportunities


Learn more in our Oasis Q&A. Whether you’re visiting Milwaukee for a week, or planning to stay long-term, we have a variety of options.

Amy Jensen




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Water Technology BUSINESS Park

Reed Street Yards (RSY) is one of Wisconsin’s first Eco-Industrial Parks, a concept that seeks to balance natural resources and economic development. RSY is a former brownfield transformed into a 17 acre (6.9 hectares) global water technology business park that will become a mixed-use urban office, educational, research and technology zone focused on the international water industry.


Milwaukee’s first – new construction – LEED Platinum certified office building, Water Tech One offers Class A office space in an urban waterfront setting featuring signature architectural design in harmony with cutting edge sustainable infrastructure. Operated consistent with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standards with a target use for business and academia in water, R&D, laboratory and general office space. Contact Dan Wroblewski for leasing and build-to-suit information.


3rd Street & Freshwater Way
Milwaukee, WI 53204 USA


  • Build to your specifications and requirements
  • Urban waterfront environment in downtown Milwaukee
  • High-density research park with full municipal support
  • Cutting edge water demonstration plaza
  • Pervious pavement systems, bioswales and rain gardens for stormwater mitigation
  • Wisconsin’s first installation of “purple pipe” for greywater re-use
  • Across the street from the successful Global Water Center
  • Currently houses the global headquarters for Zurn Industries

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