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A.O. Smith Technology Center

This new Research + Development Center at Park Place shares the magnitude of their water technology revolution happening inside with the world outside.  And what a revolution it is.

Inside, the laboratory space gurgles and flows with process knowledge that empowers this global leader to constantly reinvent itself. Prototype, coatings, thermal, analytical, air/water filtration and biosafety level 2 laboratories were designed with flexibility as the priority to foster continued regeneration of ideas, solutions and processes within the 43,795 s.f. of space.  The outcome of this Milwaukee-based water research are leading edge solutions for A.O. Smith’s water heaters, boilers and water purification equipment distributed to commercial and residential users in more than 60 countries.

Outside, the sparkling, flowing exterior of metal panels and vertical ribbons of glass balances the need for interior wall space, a high-functioning lab, while allowing ample natural daylight in to the building and interesting views out of the building.  This was accomplished by incorporation of tried a modular language around the building.  And, while employees are afforded excellent views out of the building, the proprietary nature of the R+D space called for natural lighting solutions that control and minimize visible access to the building’s interior.

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Size: 43,795 s.f.

Services Provided: Architectural Planning and Design, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Completion Date(s): 2018

Developer:   Irgens Development Partners