800 Fulton Market – “Chicago’s smartest building” – envisions a new kind of workplace

Applying new innovations, Thor Equities’ 800 Fulton Market leverages advanced capacity monitoring technology and expansive outdoor space to promote tenant safety, health and well-being

Chicago, IL, April 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global real estate leaders and joint venture partners QuadReal and Thor Equities Group are thrilled to announce the completion of 800 Fulton Market, creating a gateway to one of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods, the Fulton Market District. The 326-foot-tall mixed-use office tower includes pandemic-appropriate design features, ranging from seven landscaped terraces that allow for indoor/outdoor workspaces, to state-of-the-art smart building systems. The project is LEED Platinum, aims for WELL Building Standard certification, and houses offices for technology-focused companies like The Aspen Group and John Deere.

800 Fulton Market offers a range of smart building systems that promote well-being, sustainability and energy efficiency. To better support tenants and efficiently maintain the building, Thor engaged Buildings IOT, a building network and management system that runs on cloud-based infrastructure, to provide machine learning insights to the team. real estate for resolution and observation purposes. The platform’s technology creates an unparalleled experience for tenants and their employees by monitoring spaces and circulating fresh air throughout the building. In addition, the building also includes electronic charging stations and scooters for tenant use, 5G DAS (Distributed Antenna System) connectivity, and a centralized tenant mobile app through RISE to host tenant access control. and offer employees the ability to reserve equipment in the building. Thanks to an in-depth analysis of the building’s life cycle and an eco-focused design, the building has an embodied carbon footprint that is 10% lower than the target goal for the year 2030, an incredible achievement for modern development.

“The completion of 800 W. Fulton – a significant milestone for Thor’s global portfolio – represents our commitment to developing best-in-class properties and our close attention to sustainability practices,” said Melissa Gliatta, director of the operation of Thor Equities Group. “Every detail of the asset has been carefully thought out and together with QuadReal we thank all the talented teams involved for their dedication in bringing our vision to life.”

Designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), 800 Fulton Market is carefully proportioned to relate to the pace and scale of the neighborhood’s historic streetscape as well as the downtown skyscrapers. city ​​of Chicago through a series of stepped terraces. The 19-story design features a facade of brick, glass, and architecturally expressed structural bracing to better relate to the industrial character of the surrounding neighborhood, while landscaped outdoor spaces with native plantings and trees provide tenants with access generous on the outside.

“We set out to design a building that would feel like it had always been part of the historic and industrial character of Fulton Market, but would also recognize the pressures and concerns of the vibrant new neighborhood,” says Brian Lee, SOM Consulting Design Partner. “This sensibility informed everything from our material choices to the gracefully tiered form, in conversation with its immediate context as well as Chicago’s famous skyline.”

The building is distinguished by its X-braced steel external frames, a continuation of SOM’s unique history of creating structurally expressive architecture. Frames are designed to withstand Chicago’s harsh winters and high winds, contracting in cool weather and expanding in hot weather. Combined with an offset glass core suspended along the north side of the building, this unique structural system allows for large open floor plates and flexible, bright workspaces.

Inside, a triple-height main hall is defined by a cantilevered staircase and mezzanine that create layered activity spaces. The material approach, which uses exposed concrete, wood and red brick, mimics the exterior of the tower and draws inspiration from the industrial character of the neighborhood. With its flexible workstations and seats, the lobby also becomes a place of exchange that blends harmoniously into the bustling urban landscape.

A vibrant mix of retail, community and conference space, a fitness center and lounge enliven the site throughout the day. On the 18th and 19th floors, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Chicago from the rooftop bar and terraces. Six site-specific murals are featured throughout the space, all by Chicago-based artists.

The project was designed by SOM and built by Lendlease for Thor Equities and QuadReal in collaboration with Omni Ecosystems, dbHMS, Engage Civil, VDA, Schuler Shook, Ava Gray Designs, CDC and Teligan.

About Thor Equities Group: Thor Equities is a leader in the development, leasing and management of office, industrial, residential, hotel and mixed-use assets in prime urban areas around the world. The company operates in major cities around the world and has a real estate portfolio totaling $20 billion with a development pipeline of over 50 million square feet. Thor has a strong presence on three continents and in addition to its US holdings, the company has assets in European gateway cities including London, Paris, Madrid and Milan, and is the largest developer in Mexico through its Latin- American with a development pipeline. over 18 million square feet. Thor maximizes returns for institutional investors by recognizing a property’s potential, reducing operating expenses, increasing tenant satisfaction, leveraging market trends to maintain a long-term competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.thorequities.com.

About QuadReal Real Estate Group: QuadReal Property Group is a global real estate investment, operation and development company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its assets under management total $61.2 billion. Since its founding in Canada as a full-service real estate operating company, QuadReal has expanded its equity and debt investment capabilities in public and private markets.

QuadReal invests directly, through programmatic partnerships and through operating companies in which it holds an equity interest.

QuadReal: Excellence lives here. www.quadreal.fr

About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM): Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is a collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners working together to build a better future. Originally founded in Chicago in 1936, our company is responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings and urban spaces and our practice is constantly innovating new ways to live, work and learn. to bring lasting value to the built environment. Our approach is highly collaborative and our interdisciplinary team works from a global network of creative studios, leveraging our international expertise locally. SOM’s work includes the iconic Willis (Sears) Tower and Hancock Tower, master plans for Millennium Park and Bronzeville Lakefront, the West Loop, Chinatown and Little Italy Branch Public Libraries, and the adaptive reuse of Old Cook County Hospital.

CONTACT: Katie Smith Thor Equities 5514867218 [email protected]

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