Construction and landscaping are quickly nearing completion for 1229 W Concord Place in West Town. The eight-story biosciences office building is part of Sterling Bay‘s much larger Lincoln Yards project, which covers 55 acres and is expected to bring new commercial, residential, and recreational spaces to the north branch of Chicago River.
Nearly 90 percent of the 320,000-square-foot building will be Class A medical research labs, which are mainly used by biotechnology and bioscience companies. Additionally, the building’s floor layouts will be adaptable and office tenants will have private balconies.
The various amenities available are a double-height lobby complete with lounge seating, a fitness and wellness center, a tenant lounge, an event center that has a stage along with pre-function bar area, as well as a conference center. There will be a terrace with steps outside the building that leads to a walkway by the river. This walkway is the first part of a longer Riverwalk that is part of the Lincoln Yards masterplan.
Gensler‘s design for the 144-foot-tall building will be wrapped in windows that reach from floor to ceiling, as well as white metal accents with custom finishes. The two volumes that are offset from each other and have rounded corners will stand out against the historically industrial cityscape.
The 55-vehicle garage is only accessible to workers from Concord Place. Within a 15-minute walk, there are many transit options available like Divvy Bike stations, bus stops for different routes, and rail service for the CTA Red Line and Metra.
Power Construction is the acting general contractor for the current phase of Lincoln Yards’ construction, but Sterling Bay is already prepping for the next stage. Furthermore, this expansion will entail a combination of office buildings, apartments, entertainment venues, and stores located directly north of the existing area. Construction is expected to begin in 2023 as the project concludes construction.