ESA Office

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Reducing square footage and expanding work culture set the program for this new office space overlooking Millennium Park on the 18th floor of Prudential One. Relocating an office, after 25 years in a loft building in the west loop, provided an opportunity to rethink work flow, space requirements and technology integration.

This new plan increased work station count by 10% and reduced the occupied leasehold by 40%. Modularized workstations, with sit/stand capability, simplified seat assignments and maximized flexibility for reassigning workstations as needed for teaming on projects.  Spectacular views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and Michigan Avenue are preserved for the entire office with 48-inch high work stations surrounding the perimeter. Fixed elements for resource library, break areas, communal gathering/eating and copy/plot facilities are housed in a core structure wrapped in a rich walnut finish that defines the center of the office. Movable fabric curtains for acoustical privacy and daylight control mean that this core element can be continually used for vendor presentations, team meetings, eating and socializing.

The ceiling and perimeter walls are painted a neutral white, providing a backdrop for the views south and east. Vibrant yellow and blue are used to identify public spaces for conferencing and collaboration. Writeable/magnetic walls and doors and 5 video conferencing stations allow for every square inch of the space to be used for communication.

Architect of Record

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects


Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

General Contractor

Reed Corporation


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