Cladding installation is progressing rapidly at the now topped-out Fulton Labs, rising 16 stories at 400 N Aberdeen Street in the Fulton Market district. Developed by Trammell Crow Company in collaboration with Zoë Life Sciences, the 420,000-square-foot building will be oriented towards biosciences and biotechnology companies, and will be the second installation of the Fulton Labs complex with 725,000 square feet of combined space. Programming will primarily consist of office and lab space, along with secondary lobby, retail, storage, and amenity space.
With 34,000-square-foot floor plates, the building will allow for flexible layouts with both lab and office space. These floors will also incorporate column-free layouts, 15-foot-high floor spans, 56-foot-long width spans, and two private balconies on every level. Most notably is a smart window technology that will either automatically adjust its level of tinting based on solar positioning, or can be customized by tenants to meet their preferences.
The new edifice will be lined with the infrastructure and technology needed to accommodate bioscience-tailored companies. At its base will be two bay loading docks, with one slot for oversized vehicles. Other components comprise of a vivarium, isolated ground-floor chemical storage spaces, entry shut-off isolation, labs meeting VC-A vibration criteria, and generators with expansion capabilities.
Not only will the project meet technical specifications for its occupants, but also offer an array of amenities, such as a large open lobby, a fitness center, a board room, and a 165-person town hall. On the top floor will also be an amenity deck with dining, lounge areas, and a rooftop terrace with fire pits.
ESG Architects is responsible for the 245-foot-tall design, whose rectangular massing will be textured by the bracket-shaped balconies. The facade will be comprised of a mix of glass, metal, and concrete paneling.
Parking will yield 170 spaces integrated into the second and third floors. Other transit options include east and westbound bus stops for Route 65, available via a four-minute walk north to Grand & Aberdeen. Slightly further to the east are Routes 8 and 56 at the intersection of Halsted, Milwaukee, & Grand. CTA L service can also be found for the Green and Pink Lines via an eight-minute walk southeast to Morgan station, as well as for the Blue Line via a 10-minute walk northeast to Grand station.
Occupants and visitors will have access to various retail, dining, and hotel options along the nearby commercial corridors of Milwaukee Avenue and Fulton Market. Despite the current lack of density in its immediate vicinity, Fulton Labs will likely see the addition of new neighboring mid- and high-rises in the coming decade as the Fulton Market development surge continues to the west and north.
Power Construction is serving as general contractor for the $106 million venture, with an opening date expected for the first quarter of 2022.
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Chicago needs more buildings of this height outside of the downtown core.
This building has much more presence than I thought it would. Buildings this scale should be routine in Wicker/Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown etc. I wish we had Brooklyn-esque density/scale in our inner-ring neighborhoods.