Located at the prominent retail corner of Rush and Walton Streets in Chicago’s gold coast area, the building was originally configured for a multi-tenant retailer in the mid 1990’s. The building envelope and systems had reached the point that replacement and upgrades were required.
Ownership was in the position to update and upgrade the available space for high end luxury retail uses. Creation of value for retail frontages along Rush Street was the primary objective. The existing building presented the opportunity to create two double height retail façade presentations. The unique configuration of the existing space required structural infill and new circulation and exit configurations for ground, basement and second level spaces. Working above and below other operating retail tenants, the construction sequence and delivery timelines were compressed to deliver space for tenant work to begin in fall of 2015. The flexibility of the design and construction team allowed for all changes to be incorporated into the project, while maintaining the original completion.
Close communication with an experienced architect and contractor team created a collaborative approach to challenging field conditions and tenant driven changes. Working closely with the design and construction team, DMA led efforts to keep ownership well informed of the project challenges as they were encountered. Strict cost control and schedule oversight ensured that project budget and schedule expectations were achieved.