GGP’s 176,000 SF Office Becomes Move-in Ready in 20-Weeks

Brookfield Properties Retail Group, formerly known as GGP, gets their newly renovated open, collaborative and natural lit HQ in just a 20 week period.

After Brookfield Properties Retail Group, formerly known as GGP, had their previous headquarters slated for demolition sooner than later, a schedule was crucial for the real estate investment trust. To get this problem solved, GGP partnered with Skender and ARCHIDEAS to ensure that their newly renovated 176,000-square-foot three-floored office would be move-in ready in less than 20 weeks.

When was the project completed?

2018

How much space?

176,000-square-foot

Lobby

How many employees?

700 employees

Describe workspace types.

An open-office format with 3 floors and 700 open workstations

Conference Space

What kinds of meeting spaces are provided?

Strategically placed conference rooms, phone rooms, hubs, and gathering areas to foster a collaborative environment and serve as launching pads for the next great commercial real estate idea. Barz™ paneling systems by Ceilings Plus are located throughout the office in addition to four open hub collaboration rooms enclosed by curved glass.

Enclosed glass

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

The focal point of the space is the third-floor café that walks out to a 10,500-square-foot private roof deck overlooking Wolf Point and three branches of the Chicago River.

The focal point of the space is the third-floor café

What are the projects location and proximity to public transportation and/or other amenities?

At the intersection of Chicago’s three primary neighborhoods – The Loop, West Loop, and River North, the building is metro-rail, car, and bike accessible. Fine dining and casual dining are both offered to the building, as well.

Were there any special or unusual construction materials or techniques employed in the project?

Ardex flooring was installed within a 20,000-square-foot area of the space.

The design solution weaves the interactive areas and the mix of workspace types

For specific examples, please describe the product, how it was used, and if it solved any specific problems.

One of the challenges was to complete the Ardex Flooring installation process in 8 days before having to shut down the 20,000-square-foot area in order to complete their K13 sound deck spraying across 86,000-square-foot of the space.

What products or service solutions are making the biggest impact in your space.

The design solution weaves the interactive areas and the mix of workspace types together to create an intuitive system of wayfinding over the 3-floor project.

Low-height furnishings ensure unobstructed views

Are there any furnishings or spaces specifically included to promote wellness/wellbeing?

Yes. Low-height furnishings ensure unobstructed views, allowing for an abundance of natural light throughout the space, and collaborative areas occupy the space instead of what is normally reserved for prestigious corner offices.

What kinds of technology products were used?

DIRTT Technology was employed within the two small break-out areas of the main hub to collaborate, Fluxwerx Linear lighting fixture, Ceilings Plus acoustic installation.

Gathering Area

Tell us more!

MEP Engineer: Environmental Systems Design
Structural Engineer: TGRWA, Inc.
Landscaping Designer: Wolff Landscaping Architecture
Lighting Designer: Gwen Gross Lighting Design
Acoustical Design: Shiner + Associates
Owners Representative: JLL
AV Designer: Whitlock

Photos + Video courtesy of Skender

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