Wangard Partners: Celebrates opening of first Franklin Corporate Park building

Franklin – Wangard Partners, Inc. (Wangard), a Milwaukee-based full-service real estate company, will reveal its most recent milestone today, Wednesday, October 26th, with the opening of the first of two industrial buildings at the Franklin Corporate Park. The modern industrial facility will be part of a two-phase business center, with each building totaling 236,000 square feet. 

“We are excited to reach this important milestone in the Franklin Corporate Park,” said Stewart Wangard, Chairman and CEO of Wangard. “We are seeing strong interest in both the first building and the planned second building from tenants interested in the Corporate Park’s great location in a key industrial corridor and near a high quality workforce.”

Located at 3617 W. Oakwood Road, construction of Building 1 at the Franklin Corporate Park began in November of 2021. Wangard is now gearing up for the next phase of development at the site. The city of Franklin is currently constructing Hickory Road, which, when completed later this year, will connect Oakwood Road to Elm Road, providing direct access to the nearby I94 interchange for tenants of the Franklin Corporate Park. The city is also working to remove power lines that run across the southern portion of the site. 

Wangard anticipated the site preparation work to be completed in mid-2023. Construction will begin on the second building once the power lines have been relocated. Building 2 is modeled after Building 1; however, it can also be expanded to 400,0000 square feet to accommodate a specific tenant.

Building 2 of Franklin Corporate Park is expected to be completed in 2024. Once construction is finished, Wangard anticipates the building will draw substantial interest from local and national corporations thanks to its ideal location on an industrial corridor near the I94 interchange and a large labor force demographic nearby. 

“Prospective tenants repeatedly express their appreciation for the site’s thoughtfully designed truck circulation patterns and proximity to I94,” said Wangard. “We believe this, coupled with its proximity to a quality workforce, will differentiate Franklin Corporate Park from similar campuses nearby.”

About Wangard Partners, Inc.

In 1992, Wangard began with the intention of being a different kind of commercial real estate firm, one inspired by a true passion for development. Wangard builds for communities, with communities. Wangard continues to improve the landscape of Southeast Wisconsin, not only by developing high-quality, unique properties, but by creating opportunities for job growth to build a stronger economy. It’s an interrelated operation that enriches the quality of life and creates pride in the local communities. As a result of this vision and commitment, Wangard has emerged as a leading commercial real estate firm in Wisconsin. Wangard Partners is the largest minority-owned developer in the state and has been recognized by its peers as Developer of The Year by The Daily Reporter, for the third year in a row. More information can be found at