Thinking Outside the Box in Commercial Real Estate.

What do you see when you drive past an empty work plant or see an empty terrace? Maybe you see potential for a new type of work space and a garden?

The following articles highlight two visionary ideas: transformation of an industrial space and enhancement of office terraces.

Former Chicago Sun-Times Printing Plant Transformed into State-of-the-Art Data Center for QTS

Original Article Published: July 19, 2019   |   Reprinted by: Cawley Chicago 7/25/2016


Data Center for QTS Realty Trust

Mortenson Contruction and QTS Realty Trust have revived the empty Chicago Sun-Times printing plant in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood as a high-tech hub for the digital economy. In addition to other changes, they reconstructed new office space and shared “touchdown” rooms near the data hall so clients can work close to their computer operations when necessary instead of going back to their offices. Other amenities include first- and second-floor break-rooms, with plans for an onsite gym.

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Too Nice a Day to Stay in the Office? Then Don’t.

Original Article Published: July 19, 2016 | by: C.J. Hughes  |  New York Times  |   Reprinted by: Cawley Chicago 7/25/2016

Terraces Together

(L) Terrace of the American Association of Advertising Agencies Offices  (R) Rendering of One Soho Square

New York is taking a fresh look at terraces, despite a climate in which workers can hardly depend on sunny days and space constraints that can make direct rays hard to find. And developers are taking on the challenge of squeezing in such spaces. “Everybody needs a little twist, and terraces add a lot of appeal,” said Palmer Sealy III, who handles office leasing for TF Cornerstone, a landlord that added planters, seating and tropical-wood decking to a formerly windswept roof at 387 Park Avenue South.  New buildings are embracing the urban outdoors, like 34 East 51st Street, a 20-story edifice that was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed by Sedesco, a Turkish firm. Terraces there include a shareable version on the seventh floor that abuts a juice bar and TV area.

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