See photos: Installation of BMO Tower’s glass exterior slated for Friday finish

Building construction set for December completion

BMO Tower
BMO Tower

Last updated on September 3rd, 2019 at 12:22 pm

On Friday, crews are slated to finish installing the exterior windows covering the exterior of the new BMO Tower in downtown Milwaukee.

Construction of the 25-story office tower overall is scheduled to substantially finish in December. The project, which is on an accelerated schedule to meet its December deadline, has seen significant milestones throughout the year. They include the completion of its parking structure in March, the installation of the final structural steel beam in June and the completed installation of the glass exterior this week.

The sail-like parapet on the roof that will carry the BMO Harris Bank logo will likely be installed by mid-September, according to Rob Oldenburg, vice president of development of project developer Irgens Partners LLC, of Milwaukee.

The building features two retail spaces, one of which will be BMO’s new downtown bank branch that they’re moving over from next door at 770 N. Water St. The bank branch will face the corner of Water and Wells streets, while the second space will be nearest the corner of Broadway and Wells Street. Irgens is looking for a tenant — likely a restaurant — to fill that space, Oldenburg said.

In addressing the upward slope of the site from Water Street to Broadway, the building’s first-floor spaces were essentially made twice as tall, Oldenburg added. Both the main lobby and bank branch extend 33 feet from floor to the concrete deck above. The lobby, accessible from Water Street, will have a finished ceiling height of 28 feet, while the bank will have a 21-foot finished ceiling height. The second retail space is 19 feet tall, but the actual height with finished ceiling will depend on the tenant.

The BMO Tower is so far about 55% leased, with tenants including Michael Best & Friedrich, Heartland Advisors Inc., Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP and BMO. The bank is leasing both office and retail space in the building.

Parking is located on floors three through 10. BMO’s offices will be all of floors 11, 14-16 and part of 17. Heartland Advisors will occupy a portion of the 12th floor, Andrus will lease a portion of the 22nd floor and Michael Best will be in a section of the 23rd floor and all of floors 24 and 25.

Oldenburg said Irgens has a handful of proposals out to prospective office tenants, and has given tours to a number of others.

BizTimes toured the ongoing construction project on Tuesday, when workers were installing the remaining floor-to-glass exterior windows on the building’s top floor.

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Alex Zank
Alex Zank covers commercial and residential real estate for BizTimes. Alex previously worked for Farm Equipment magazine and also covered statewide construction news at The Daily Reporter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied journalism, political science and economics. Having grown up in rural western Wisconsin, Alex loves all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, four-wheeling and hunting.