Capital One’s New Revitalized Downtown Chicago Office

The new design revitalizes the professional environment in a way that supports company culture.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) worked closely with Capital One’s workplace solutions team to transform its new downtown Chicago space into a revitalized, dynamic office. This Fortune 500 company now occupies the 23rd floor of a high-rise in the Loop, with an inspired design that merges old industry with new technology, giving the space a modern industrial vibe with a hint of nostalgia. Bright colors and modern fixtures and furniture throughout the office further illustrate this theme.

The offices exude a modern industrial vibe. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

The offices exude a modern industrial vibe. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

When was the project completed?

2017

How much space?  

22,000 SF

Was this new or renovated space?

New

SF per person?  

150 SF/person

Describe work-space types.

80 percent open spaces; 20 percent enclosed spaces.

One of the design's most unique spaces is its bold library. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

One of the design’s most unique spaces is its bold library. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

What kind of meeting spaces are provided?

Conference rooms, collaboration spaces, breakout spaces.

What other kind of support space or amenity spaces are provided?

A kitchen, library, parlor, study, and a game room.

What is the project’s location and proximity to public transportation and/or other amenities?

The project is located in Chicago’s Loop on the river and has easy access to several train stops and buses. The client has access to all the resources the city has to offer.

A bright kitchen is among a handful of amenity spaces. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

A bright kitchen is among a handful of amenity spaces. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

Was there any emphasis or requirements on programming for health and wellbeing initiatives for employees?

The project achieved LEED Silver certification.

What kind of programming or visioning activities were used?

  • Visioning images for conceptual imagery– likes and dislikes
  • Visioning images for literal imagery – likes and dislikes
  • A scale indicating team culture (i.e. high branding, high concentration)

What were the major furniture products used? 

Capital One uses Meadows as their preferred furniture vendor, and as such they have an agreement to utilize Haworth products. The sit-to-stand workstations were all Haworth products, the ancillary furniture was a mixture of manufacturers.

Capital One's office features multiple collaboration spaces. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

Capital One’s office features multiple collaboration spaces. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

What kind of branding elements were incorporated into the design?

The largest branding element was the C1 and 23 that was used on the glass doors on each end of the elevator lobby.

What is the most unique feature of the new space? 

One of the most unique features of the space is the library. Decorated with bright pink walls, black accents and a large chandelier, employees can use this space in a variety of ways.

What kind of technology products were used? 

Digital room schedulers to allow for easy access to conference rooms.

The inspiration for the design of the office was the idea of merging old industry with new technology. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

The inspiration for the design of the office was the idea of merging old industry with new technology. Image courtesy of Darris Harris.

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