Northwestern Mutual Cream City Labs – Milwaukee, WI

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In late 2017, Northwestern Mutual faced two questions essential to the company’s future: How can Northwestern Mutual attract top technology talent from across the country to work in their Milwaukee headquarters, and how can we foster the development of new and innovative solutions to problems in our industry? The answer to both these questions is a completely renovated space dedicated to bringing Northwestern Mutual’s top thinkers from a wide variety of disciplines together in an environment that cultivates a culture of interaction and creativity.

An award-winning design with a high level of technology integration was deemed essential to meeting the needs of the new space. Working closely with the Owner and design team, IBC Engineering went to great lengths to ensure that the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems not only provided the necessary functionality to support the space activities but also were integrated with the space configuration and finishes with a level of quality that reflects the high expectations put on this project:

• Lighting design included new LED lighting and incorporated LED panels in perforated metal ceilings and a lighted floor that is at the hub of the entry to the space.
• Existing exposed HVAC equipment and ductwork were rerouted and relocated in creative ways to enhance the feel of the space and reduce the impact of noisy, distracting elements.
• Advanced display technology is incorporated through the space to inspire and inform.

IBC provided complete MEP design and construction support services for this benchmark project. Specialty services included architectural lighting design and low voltage system design.

This project has been awarded:

· 2019 IES Illumination Award – Merit Award (Milwaukee Section) – Karen Oranger, PE, LC – IBC Engineering Lighting Designer

The IES Illumination Awards program recognizes individuals for professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry.  Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum, representing knowledge of lighting and design excellence.  The judging system is entirely based on how well the lighting design meets the program criteria, however, it is not a competition.  2019 marks the 46th anniversary of the IES Lighting Awards program.

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