Water technology accelerator breaks ground on new lab

Renovation is now underway for the Global Water Center, the renamed water technology accelerator located in Milwaukee, after an official groundbreaking ceremony was held Aug. 13.

Renovation work on the facility, a seven-story, 98,000-square-foot building, should be completed in a year. Future tenants will include Badger Meter Inc., A.O. Smith Corp., and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

The research and business accelerator building also will feature resources to support water technology start-up businesses. Companies that occupy the building will have access to a specialized water-flow laboratory to facilitate the testing of new water technology products, helping advance water technology start ups.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is providing a grant to underwrite the rent for new tenants of the building.