Work begins on Schlitz Park renovations

The Brewery Works Inc., the developers of Schlitz Park, the 46-acre office community at the former Schlitz Brewing site in downtown Milwaukee, announced that work will start immediately on renovations to the campus’ two Bottlehouse buildings.

The work will include combining the two structures into a single building and upgrading 90,000 square feet of available office space.

The construction is part of the campus’ overall $30 million renovation announced last June.

Schlitz Park will connect the 80,000 square-foot Bottlehouse A and 60,000 square-foot Bottlehouse B buildings at the first floor to create 8,000 square feet of common space known as The Link. This space will include high-tech sharing and meeting areas with modern furnishings suitable for work or break, as well as a fitness center.

“The Link is designed to bring together buildings, people and ideas and further connect today’s blended work and life styles,” said Gary Grunau, Schlitz Park co-owner and developer. “This exciting creative space reflects our intent to create the community, convenience and sustainability that office tenants demand.”

The renovated Bottlehouse office areas will offer natural lighting and exposed ceilings. Large efficient floor plates will allow for open, flexible spaces that accommodate the latest preferences in technology and workplace design. Schlitz Park will pursue U.S. Green Building Council LEED EB (Existing Building) certification for the renovated buildings. Current Bottlehouse tenants include the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).

U.S. Bank is providing the financing for this portion of the Schlitz Park renovation expected to be completed by end of April 2012.

Also slated for renovation next year is the 500,000 square-foot RiverCenter building. Additionally, Schlitz Park will begin work to create more green spaces, parks and trails.

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