The Global Water Center is a 98,000 sq. ft. (9,104 m2) facility housing water-centric research space for universities, existing water-related companies and accelerator space for new, emerging water technology companies. With more than 30 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.

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



Badger Meter: Marketer and manufacturer of products using flow measurement and control technologies.

Beckhoff Automation: Provider of open automation systems used in large-scale water and wastewater treatment systems, processing applications, machine control, robotics, IoT systems and more.

City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office: Strives to make Milwaukee a world-class eco-city, leads the Water Centric City initiative and implements the city’s Refresh Milwaukee sustainability plan.

Fund for Lake Michigan: Supports efforts, in particular those in southeastern Wisconsin, that enhance the health of Lake Michigan and its shoreline and tributary river systems.*

Greater Milwaukee Committee: Private, civic nonprofit comprised of C-level executives working toward making Milwaukee a better city to live, learn, work and play.

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.: Consulting firm providing geotechnical, environmental, water, ecological and construction management services.

Hydraloop: Maker of compact residential water recycling systems.*

LCM Funds Real Estate LLC: Private equity real estate company.

Marquette University: Catholic, Jesuit university. Marquette has a Water Quality Center and Water Law & Policy Center on its main campus.

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP: Law firm.

Nueva Additives: Chemical manufacturing company.

OpenGov: Provider of public sector budget software.

Qingdao Guanghua Environmental Technology Co. Ltd.: Chemicals supplier for water and wastewater treatment in China.*

Rapid Radicals Technology: Developer of a wastewater treatment process for use during heavy precipitation.

Ruekert & Mielke Inc.: Civil engineering, municipal services, site development and GIS/technology solutions.

Sage Water LLC: Provides solutions to large water utilities through personalized consulting.

Scale Up Milwaukee: Developing the entrepreneurial capacity in Milwaukee by bringing together the policies, structures, programs and climate that foster entrepreneurship.

Sloan Valve Company: Manufacturer of water-efficient restroom solutions.

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission: Metropolitan planning organization and regional planning commission for the seven-county southeastern Wisconsin area.

Stonehouse Water Technologies: Developer of home water purification systems.

Stormwater Solutions Engineering LLC: Civil engineering firm specializing in stormwater management planning, green infrastructure, hydraulic analysis and integrated site design.

Total Water Treatment Systems Inc.: Water treatment company providing water systems in biotech, health care, laboratory, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and manufacturing applications.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Wisconsin’s only public urban R1 research university and home to the nation’s only School of Freshwater Sciences. The university uses the Global Water Center’s seventh floor for the commercialization of new water technologies.

Vandewalle & Associates: Urban planning and design firm.

Veolia-North America: Designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions.

The Water Council: A global center dedicated to solving critical water challenges by driving innovation in freshwater technology and advancing water stewardship.

Water Equipment & Policy Center (I/UCRC): Operating under the auspices of the National Science Foundation I/UCRC program. Corporations, government agencies and NGOs collaborate with university research scientists to create water and wastewater treatment breakthrough technologies and policies.

Weston Solutions: Provider of environmental and infrastructure support services.*

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.: As Wisconsin’s lead economic development agency, with more than 600 regional and local partners, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) fosters the cooperation necessary to support job creation and economic growth throughout the state.

Wisconsin Historical Society: One of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation.

Xylem: Provider of pumps, boosters, drives, valves, controllers, water systems and other solutions.

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