Marquette University in early 2016 became the final tenant to move into the Global Water Center on Freshwater Way in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. Today, on the building's sixth floor, Marquette researchers occupy approximately 8,000 of the seven-story facility's 100,000 square feet. Led by the Water Council, the Global Water Center houses water-related research facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and accelerator space for emerging companies.
Solving the world's water problems
Marquette's first research and development cohort at the Global Water Center comprises 13 different project groups that span a variety of disciplines and focus areas, including wastewater treatment, rainwater harvesting, desalination, water law and policy, and public art. Many of the teams are cross-disciplinary and include students, and a number of projects are collaborations with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-MIlwaukee, as well as industry partners such as A.O. Smith and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District.
At Marquette's grand opening event, President Michael R. Lovell said, "This building positions Milwaukee to be one of the international leaders in water technology and development. Our faculty and students are going to benefit immensely – the talents at our university are going to be helping to solve the world’s water problems.”