The $20 million project will transform a 106-year-old, seven-story warehouse at 223 W. Pittsburgh Ave.
The Global Water Center will house water-related research facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and accelerator space for new emerging water-related companies.
The Milwaukee Water Council's offices will be located in the building. Other tenants will include Badger Meter Inc., A.O. Smith, Grundfos Pumps Corp. and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.
In addition to office and research space, features of the Global Water Center will include: a 50 person lecture hall, exhibition space for new prototypes and a water flow lab.