Office Will Serve as Important Link to Innovation Centers Across Wisconsin, Play Vital Role in Talent Recruitment and Development Efforts, and Showcase the Vibrant AI 8K+5G Ecosystem that Foxconn is Building
Milwaukee, WI – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) announced today it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architects and engineers to provide design services to modernize and enhance its North American corporate headquarters at 611 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Downtown Milwaukee.
“Beginning the RFP process on our North American corporate headquarters is an important step forward in Foxconn’s progress in Wisconsin,” said Dr. Alan Yeung, Director of U.S. Strategic Initiatives for Foxconn. “We are looking for a firm that will support our vision for this key facility and provide design possibilities for the building that both showcase Foxconn’s continuing innovation in leading-edge technologies that AI 8K+5G will enable and the continued development of the transformational Wisconn Valley project.”
Dr. Yeung continued, “With its own innovation center, our Milwaukee headquarters will help us connect entrepreneurs and startups with the advanced technology being developed and produced at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park campus in Mount Pleasant. The headquarters will also serve a vital role in linking our Mount Pleasant campus with our other statewide innovation centers and potential supply chain partners across Wisconsin. Recruitment will be a key focus of employees working at the headquarters as Foxconn strives to attract the best and brightest talent to work for the company. To make that recruitment successful, we need a state-of-the-art facility as our headquarters. The 611 is a great building in a great location in a great city, and we want to enhance and modernize it for the future.”
The seven-story 611 building is approximately 145,000 square feet, sits on two acres and was purchased by Foxconn from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. in June. About 500 personnel will work from the facility.
Dr. Yeung said that Wisconsin architectural and engineering firms will be given preference in the RFP process. He added, “Foxconn is committed to our ‘Wisconsin First’ approach, which gives priority to companies with a strong track record and operations in Wisconsin. We look forward to our continued partnership with companies around the state as we collaborate with the business community and other local stakeholders to realize our shared goal of contributing to Wisconsin’s transformation into a global hub for high-tech companies.”
The RFP on the North American headquarters focuses on providing services that include:
- Sustainable design features
- Building improvements required for multi-tenant occupancy
- “Smart Building” alternatives
- Implementing energy efficiency components
- Renovation or build-out of workspaces
- Improvements to “refresh” building finishes and work environment
- Lighting alternatives (architectural and security)
- Interior and exterior signage
Final selection of the chosen firm is expected to take place in September, with work slated to begin later that month. In addition to work on the North American headquarters, the selected firm may be considered for work on other Foxconn projects in Wisconsin.
The Downtown Milwaukee building is one of three Foxconn locations across Wisconsin in addition to the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Mount Pleasant. Foxconn also has announced plans to establish offices in both Eau Claire and Green Bay.