Energy Trading Tower

Unbuilt Design Award Submission

BP Energy Trading Tower is a proposed Class A commercial office tower in Chicago’s Loop. The project was developed in response to a solicitation by BP seeking new commodities trading floors, BP office space, commercial lease space, conference center, and parking for 900 autos.
The site design locates the building on a half-block site to provide a public plaza arcade and open space on the West and South sides. The Grade Level lobby accommodates lease level tenants, and includes paving, landscaping and water features to integrate it with the plaza design. BP offices and trading floors are reached by a separate entrance and on a mezzanine level. The lobby level circulation concept suggests two separate buildings.
BP Commodities trading floors (2) are designed to maximize column-free spans, and are serviced by a dedicated mechanical level providing state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, data and emergency back-up systems.
The lease levels are designed to optimize lease depth efficiencies, and to provide column-free corner offices. The exterior wall is floor-to-ceiling glass throughout, providing stunning city views.
The building is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, including on-site energy co-generation, geothermal exchange, and water reclamation systems to irrigate landscaping and to flush high-efficiency toilets and urinals.

GREC Architects
Chicago, IL