A Photo Tour Inside the Newly Re-Opened 200 West Jackson

Downtown Chicago office buildings are in a constant struggle against one another to attract quality tenants.  The problem is that once a building is built, there’s not a lot you can do on the outside to make it a flashy centerpiece to compete with the latest design going up across the street.  So if you’re not brand new on the outside, you’ve got to make up for it on the inside.

200 West Jackson (Courtesy of Wright Heerema Architects/© 2016 James Steinkamp Photography)

200 West Jackson (Courtesy of Wright Heerema Architects/© 2016 James Steinkamp Photography)

And that’s what’s happened over at 200 West Jackson.  The 46-year-old building has been recently renovated inside by Wright Heerema Architects a few blocks away for White Oak Realty.  It features many of the same modern amenities that you’d expect in a brand new building.

Back in 1970, when 200 opened, a newsstand and smoking lounge were considered the height of modern luxury.  Today the building has a collaboration lounge, indoor/outdoor space with views of the city, and all the free fruit your employees can stuff in their pockets.  (If there’s a sudden rise in the number of discarded apple cores on the L, you’ll know who to blame.)

Check out the photographs below (all © 2016 James Steinkamp Photography), and read the press release to see what else this old-is-new-again building has in store.

200 West Jackson Brings the Outside In–On the 28th Floor

Wright Heerema Architects-designed repositioning of 29-story Chicago high-rise reinvents the building for tenants seeking an amenity-rich experience

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2016 — Wright Heerema Architects, the award-winning Chicago-based architectural and interior design firm, together with White Oak Realty, announces the grand re-opening of 200 W. Jackson, a classic 29-story office building in the heart of Chicago’s Loop that is now anything but traditional. With an eye on companies seeking an engaging space to ignite employee engagement and culture, the high rise now features a new amenity space on the 28th floor, which boasts The Notch, a four-seasons hospitality lounge open to everyone who works in the building, with windows that open out to the city, and a bar and recreation area designed to recall a hotel indoor/outdoor reception area and give employees a break from the daily grind.

“The game has changed for office buildings as companies realize they need to create a comfortable and differentiated working environment to recruit and retain the best talent,” observes Judy DeMike, Project Manager, Wright Heerema Architects. “The renovations at 200 W. Jackson meet the needs of today’s tenants who seek top-of-the-line meeting and collaboration spaces, as well as opportunities to enable employee well-being.”

Features of the amenity floor include:

  • The Notch lounge located on the top floor, can be seen outside from the bustling city below with the different aluminum framed fenestration and full height glass. Operable windows allow tenants to enjoy fresh outside air during the warm weather months. The room features a bar for entertainment purposes and multiple seating areas and chair types to allow for collaboration, independent working and networking. The main area is an airy, open space with abundant natural light, glass walls, outdoor furniture and plentiful green plantings. Modern furnishings complement the raw exposed concrete columns and ceiling, porcelain tile flooring and reclaimed wood feature wall behind the bar.
  • Full service conference facility available for internal and external booking, featuring standard technological capabilities with in-room iPad controls, lecterns, projection screens, catering counters, the flexibility to transform into two rooms and adaptable furniture.
  • Fitness center with a variety of fitness machines, locker rooms and a “fitness on demand” room that can be used for a variety of different types of classes, such as yoga, spin and pilates.
  • Access to healthy and convenient food through a “free fruit for tenants” program and vending machines stocked with freshly prepared snack and meal options from Farmer’s Fridge.

In addition, the Wright Heerema team renovated the lobby and building exterior, which includes a new curtain wall fascia that projects 18″ from the building with new address signage made of stainless steel and frosted backlit glass to highlight the new facade. The base of the building received a charcoal gray stain and the floors above received a fresh coat of white paint, giving the entire building an updated, fresh look. The lobby features a new security desk in front of a textured stacked white stone wall with recessed media wall. The linear lighting and porcelain floor tile complement each other with the same banded design. The backlit perforated metal “tree wall” that runs the length of the lobby is an impressive feature that harmonizes nicely with the dark stained wood paneling. In addition, improvements occur with the renovation of several multi-tenant corridors that have been upgraded to include compliance with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.Wright Heerema collaborated with Morgan Harbour Construction on all interior and exterior renovations of 200 W. Jackson. The building was purchased in 2015 as a joint venture between White Oak Realty and Angelo Gordon & Co. After the purchase, White Oak moved their offices into the building from Rosemont and manages leasing of the building’s more than 487,000 rentable square feet. JLL serves as the property manager for the building.

“With close proximity to multiple transportation options, we knew this building had good bones but needed updates to make the space conducive to the new needs of office tenants today,” observes Tom Saletta, Principal, White Oak Realty Partners. He continues, “The Wright Heerema team helped us complete our vision for creating a comfortable and modern space where tenants can collaborate, work and network.”

Location: 200 West Jackson Boulevard, The Loop

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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