So that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois could avoid having to move its Headquarters Group into additional buildings as the company grows, Lohan Associates designed the insurance company's new headquarters building with the capability of expanding vertically. Currently, the 1.4-million square foot stainless steel and fritted glass structure stands at 32 floors; at full build out, it will rise to 54 floors, for a total of 2.3-million square feet.
Jurors commented on how well the interior of the building relates to its exterior. Instead of designing a high-rise office building that functions as an object to be viewed from outside, the architects designed the building from the inside out. The result is an interactive space to be seen and experienced from within. A full-height, fritted-glass atrium establishes a visual connection to all floors, and three-story conference/lounge spaces in the center bay provide a unified setting for collaborative employee endeavors.