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


Located in Milwaukee, Where Water Works®

The Global Water Center is the world headquarters of The Water Council, the North American headquarters of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and the heart of Milwaukee’s world-class water technology hub. This state-of-the-art water business and research facility is home to over 40 water-centric businesses, startups and academic and research organizations.

 The Global Water Center (GWC) is the physical expression of The Water Council’s mission to drive economic development, attract world-class talent and support water-focused technical innovation. It is the world headquarters of The Water Council, the North American headquarters of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and home to over 40 water-centric businesses, startups and academic and research organizations. The turn-of-the century brick warehouse was converted into a state-of-the-art water business and research facility in 2013. The design of the renovation was driven by sustainability and the building not only achieved LEED Silver certification but was the first commercial building in the world to receive AWS certification.

The GWC continues to be a magnet for water technology businesses and economic development organizations and has hosted guests from over 80 different countries. It serves as a landing pad for organizations seeking to participate in the leading U.S. water technology hub and a launch pad for innovative water solutions. Visitors to the GWC can learn about leading water technology organizations and universities including A.O. Smith, Badger Meter, GRAEF, Marquette University, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, PaveDrain®, Cimbria Capital, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Veolia and a host of water technology startups from the U.S. and abroad.

The GWC is the cornerstone to Reed Street Yards, one of Wisconsin’s first Eco-Industrial Business Parks and national model for urban sustainability. 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 businesses focused on the international water industry. Zurn Industries, a Rexnord company, moved their global headquarters from Pennsylvania to a new facility in the Yards in 2016 and two years later Rexnord relocated their global headquarters to the same facility.

“After meeting with Dean Amhaus [CEO of TWC], it became very apparent to me that the opportunity to network with personnel from other companies and influential people would occur if I relocated PaveDrain® to the Global Water Center. It is considered a badge of honor to be here and garners a certain amount of instant respect from prospective customers and clients.”
–Doug Buch, CEO, PaveDrain®


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.

Housed in the Global Water Center, the Oasis is a flexible, affordable and collaborative coworking community with access to all the resources of Milwaukee’s world class water technology ecosystem.

 The Oasis is a flexible, collaborative coworking community located in the epicenter of Milwaukee’s water technology ecosystem. Housed in the Global Water Center, the Oasis links its community with access to business resources including technical assistance, potential research partnerships and networking opportunities as well as Global Water Center physical resources such as the auditorium, flow lab, meeting rooms and locked storage. This comfortable, affordable workspace is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers reserved or shared desks, high-speed internet, shared printer and brand signage. This shared workspace is ideal for foreign or domestic water companies and researchers seeking to tap into the synergies created by the convergence of 238 water-centric businesses, start-ups and academic and research organizations that comprise Milwaukee’s water technology hub.

Recently, two employees of Massachusetts-based GEI Consultants rented space in the Oasis while they searched for a Milwaukee-area home for the company, and was able to successfully sign a lease and move into its new space, with a total of four full-time employees and one part-time so far in Wisconsin. Here’s what they had to say:

“The Milwaukee market has been a target of GEI since we opened a Midwest regional operation in 2010. Our engineering, environmental, water resource and construction services fit well with the growing needs of southeast Wisconsin. In addition to the flexibility of maintaining a presence in the Milwaukee area while evaluating alternatives for permanent office space, we benefited from the Flow Lab and other research facilities in the Global Water Center, as well as networking with other companies and researchers in the building.”
–Ben Sawa, Vice President of Marketing, GEI Consultants

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


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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