After sitting vacant for nearly two decades, Skender has aided in the Old Post Office’s repositioning, completing more than 700,000 square feet of interior and spec suite projects in this historic Art Deco structure. Building the next era of office space in this gigantic 1921 structure required Skender to honor the building’s historic integrity while delivering design, technology, amenities and systems that advance the future of the workplace. As one of the earliest and most active contractors in the Old Post Office, Skender became uniquely familiar with the nuances of building in this massive adaptive reuse development.
37,000 SF facility expansion with approximately 11.5 acres of site work that will include a commercial kitchen for meal preparation and packaging, a demonstration kitchen for nutrition education, and parking expansion for volunteers, guests and fleet. The expanded facility will have the capacity to prepare and distribute 2.5 million meals per year. The project includes extensive site logistics, phasing, sequencing and excavation.
In the Old Post Office, Skender constructed an 82,500-square-foot headquarters for TrueBlue, a leading workforce solution provider, to provide the tenant with large, open, collaborative spaces and an impactful café that took advantage of the Old Post Office’s high ceilings. Through experience gained by leading more than 600,000 square feet of interior construction in this high-profile historic redevelopment, Skender advises clients on how to thoughtfully reuse and restore historic Art Deco features of the original buildings while meeting their technological and workflow needs for connectivity and collaboration.
We successfully renovated Equity Residential’s 75,000-SF Chicago workspace during the COVID-19 pandemic with an enhanced focus on safety, sanitization and remote collaboration. The finished space features a new atrium with a connecting staircase.
A two-floor interior office build-out at 444 W. Lake Street. Completed project includes conference rooms, huddle rooms, team areas and opening office benching. Design features include custom floor graphics, video wall and custom millwork planters throughout the space.
An interior build-out for online payment technology firm at the Merchandise Mart. Finished space includes open conference rooms, open plan areas, demonstration area, storage rooms, break rooms and IDF/server rooms.
This 64,000-SF build-out helped the client expand its operations by adding open-office seating, interior private offices, flex space, conference rooms, a training room, large boardroom, makers space, two additional intermediate distribution frame (IDF) rooms, as well as a second café with full presentation capabilities. The tech-driven project required the restoration of the HVAC system and addition of a unique underfloor electrical infrastructure. Watch the video >>
28,000-square-foot office relocation and buildout for non-profit organization. Collaborative, modern office space completed on expedited schedule. (January 2013 – April 2013)
53,000-square-foot 2-floor interior build-out at 444 W. Lake Street. Includes conference rooms, huddle rooms, team areas and opening office benching. Design features include custom floor graphics, video wall and custom millwork planters throughout space.
64,000-square-foot interior office build-out for Mead Johnson, a leading nutrition company for babies and children. The baby formula company has relocated its corporate headquarters from Glenview to 444 W. Lake St in downtown Chicago. The three-floor project included a 1,500-square-foot slab cut for a self-supporting feature staircase with custom rails and a 2,000-square-foot one-of-a-kind Arktura ceiling baffle system. (October 2016 – March 2017)
Three-floor interior build-out of open-plan corporate office space. Project includes full-floor call center with 24-hour supplemental heating and cooling.