Architect: Kahler Slater
Contractor: C.G. Schmidt
833 East is a contemporary addition to Milwaukee’s skyline and opened in February of 2016. It has over 358,000 SF of Class A leasable space in 18 stories. It is a multi-tenant office tower that rises from a podium with indoor parking and exclusive tenant amenities. The building was the first new multi-tenant office tower built in downtown Milwaukee in over a decade. It is positioned a block from the lakefront and connected to the US Bank Center tower and podium. The approximately one-acre site was hemmed in between existing buildings on three sides and only afforded one street frontage.
The overall approach of the project was a classic tower and podium scheme. The tower massing rises from the podium and is conceptualized as two interlocking rectangular solids. The taller thinner one is oriented towards the lake and has a strong vertical expression in its mullions. The lower mass is horizontal in its cladding strategy. This massing yields large floor plates which are optimized for today’s workplace efficiency needs and feature six corners – four of which are column free and face Lake Michigan. The tower is clad in a high-performance clear glass with a reflective coating which contributes to its impressive energy performance. A private rooftop terrace for the anchor tenant was also incorporated into the design.
The cladding of the podium expresses the structural frame with flush metal panels and large expanses of glazing; reminiscent of the adjoining much larger podium and tower to which it connects. The adjacent US Bank Center has an elevated Galleria level with numerous amenities and the new tower continues this pattern with its primary lobby on the 4th floor. Connectivity to the street lobby was a driving design feature, so a 4-story tall lobby atrium was carved into the building. The atrium exterior was sheathed in transparent glazing held up by an innovative laterally braced point supported glass wall.
This lobby was positioned to take advantage of a street that terminates at the edge of the building. To reinforce the connectivity between the multiple levels, a unique tensegrity light sculpture was commissioned to act as a focal point on the axis. The contemporary lobby design featuring clean lines and refined palette, conveys a feeling of sophistication necessary to attract top tier tenants. A stone-clad shuttle elevator mass, expressed uniformly on the outside and inside, doubles as canvas for requisite tenant signage and as a wayfinding element.
Building amenities include over 400 indoor parking stalls, a large shared multi-media conference room, fitness center and a high-end steak house in the street level retail space. The building has achieved a LEED Silver certification and has attracted some of the highest-profile tenants in downtown Milwaukee.