MILWAUKEE -- After three years of construction, the new 32-story Northwestern Mutual Tower is officially open to the public.
The glass structure is the second tallest building in Wisconsin at 550 feet and offers more than a million square feet of office space.
The view from the 32nd floor shows downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan.
"There's actually 3,579 panes of glass. It allows maximum light on every floor. There are no offices on the exterior of the building which allows maximum light and this allows all employees to have views from every floor of the building," said Eric Christopherson the VP of Campus Operations for Northwestern Mutual.
On the ground floor, there is a Commons area, a 40 foot long gas fireplace, a Starbucks and the entire 5th floor is a fitness center.
"We want people to have a good work life balance. The time that they're here, we want to make sure they're enjoying there time and that we are getting the most out of them in terms of productivity," said Christopherson.
The vision of this new state of the art building started 5 years ago. It took 3 years to build with a final price tag of nearly $450 million dollars.
"I think many people don't realize this building provided many jobs. It's enclosed in glass that was fabricated by Central City residents and that was critical to us to be a partner," said Mayor Tom Barrett.
Employees will start moving in this Friday.
They will move in floor by floor. The goal is to have all 2,400 workers in place by October.