The Franklin (formerly The Franklin Center) is a 60-story skyscraper in Chicago’s West Loop that is owned and managed by Tishman Speyer. A few weeks ago, our team wrapped 103,802 square feet of renovations in both properties that comprise the building (222 West Adams Street and 227 West Monroe Street).

We were selected by Tishman Speyer to complete renovations on the fourth, twenty-first and twenty-fourth floors at 222 West Adams, as well as the fifth floor at 227 West Monroe. In total, nine speculative suites, ten break rooms and four public corridors with men’s and women’s restrooms were renovated.

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Tishman Speyer acquired The Franklin Center in 2004 and renamed it The Franklin earlier this year. The renovations that our team completed are part of a comprehensive, $30 million makeover to the entire property in an effort to give the building a lighter, more open look. Design features of the new spec suites reflect that, with full glass partition walls in offices and conference rooms, as well as backlit millwork and limestone floors in the updated elevator lobbies.

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More and more, we are seeing office spaces converted to more spacious layouts that encourage mobility and team collaboration. A number of the new spec suites in The Franklin offer open work and meeting areas, featuring modern furniture and “idea” walls for brainstorming.

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In addition, virtually every suite is equipped with large, open kitchens that are ideal for employee gatherings or celebrations.

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In order to minimize disruptions to existing tenants, construction on each floor was completed simultaneously with staggered phasing. Jon Zawiski led the team for Reed Construction as the project manager, Jason Gunderson was the project executive and Jay Crane was the project superintendent. Architectural services were provided by Harley Ellis Devereaux.