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
Global Water Center Projects
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.”
Marquette's first research and development cohort at the Global Water Center comprises several 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.
The Office of Research & Innovation is now accepting proposals for use of the Global Water Center space on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here.
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Learn about the rest of Marquette's water initiatives, including academic programs and events.
Water Law and Policy Initiative seeks to help establish the Law School and, more broadly, Marquette University as a center for study, exploration, discussion and education concerning water issues.
The Water Quality Center brings together researchers, industries, government agencies, private foundations and others to solve problems related to lake, river and groundwater quality.