Coming in at 22nd in Chicago YIMBY’s year-end countdown is the 16-story Fulton Labs at 400 N Aberdeen Street, located near the northern edge of West Loop’s Fulton Market District. At a height of 242 feet, the nearly completed life and health sciences office building is being developed by Trammell Crow Company in collaboration with Zoë Life Sciences. Having replaced a pair of one- and four-story masonry buildings, the modern new tower is the second installation of the Fulton Labs campus plan, which also includes the nearby 14-story 1375 W Fulton Street that was completed last year.
The majority of the building’s 420,000 square feet will be flexible lab/office hybrid space tailored toward bioscience and biotechnology companies with a need for both R&D lab space infrastructure and Class A business amenities. The column-free floor plates will each span 34,000 square feet, while offering 15-foot slab-to-slab vertical spans and two private balconies per floor.
Behind the scenes, 400 N Aberdeen also integrates several upgraded infrastructural elements to cater to its tenant niche. Such features include View Smart Windows that can adjust tinting automatically or manually, robust mechanical/electrical systems, utility zoning, overhead carriers for connectivity, labs designed to meet VC-A vibration criteria, entry shutoff isolation, an in-building vivarium, ground-floor chemical storage spaces, and two loading docks with one oversized. The high-tech structure is also on track to receive a Wired Gold certification score, as well as LEED Silver certification.
Beyond the core tenant accommodations, the project will also house 170 parking spaces within the second and third floors, ground-level retail space, and various amenities throughout. These amenity areas comprise of an expansive lobby with lounge areas, a fitness center with Peloton bikes, a town hall for up to 165 people, a board room, a penthouse lounge and dining area, and a sprawling rooftop deck with city views.
The design by ESG Architecture & Design features a rectangular massing that is primarily enveloped in the Vision Glass glazing alongside dark metal paneling. This metal paneling extends from the exterior walls to wrap around the private balconies and the rooftop deck, creating a bracket-like appearance. Additional materials in the exterior palette include wooden finishes along the private decks, a metal screen wall along the parking floors, concrete paneling, and vertical flora near the main entrance.
Beyond the 170 off-street parking spaces, tenants will also find a selection of public transit options in the area. Bus service for Route 65 is available via a four-minute walk north to the Grand & Aberdeen intersection. Also in the vicinity are stops for Routes 8 and 56, both of which can be found at the Halsted, Milwaukee, & Grand intersection via a 10-minute walk northeast. Anyone looking to commute by CTA L will find Blue Line trains at this same three-way intersection, while Green and Pink Line trains are located via an eight-minute walk south to Morgan station.
Power Construction has served as the general contractor for the new development, while CBRE is serving as the exclusive broker. The $106 million construction project is expected to fully complete in the first quarter of 2022.