Renderings have been revealed for the upcoming mixed-use project at 415 N Sangamon Street in the West Loop. Shown to area locals during a public meeting held last night, plans for the tower have remained relatively the same with the images offering a first look at its solar panel-lined exterior. News on the proposal broke last September, replacing a vacant lot and incorporate the adjacent on-site building. Developer Fortem Voluntas Partners led by Joy Jordan, an ex-Sterling Bay leasing agent, is partnering with local firm Eckenhoff Saunders and Miller Hull on its design.
Located on the corner of N Sangamon Street and W Kinzie Street, across the street from the upcoming Guinness Brewhouse, the tower will bring predominantly office space to the quickly growing neighborhood. On the ground floor the project proposes the preservation of the facade of the aforementioned two-story masonry-clad building and its signature red doors, which will lead into a large anchor tenant retail space and entry lobby. It will be flanked by two new brick faux-facades of a similar scale before the structure sets back for a small plaza.
The rest of the ground floor will hold an additional retail space fronting Kinzie Street with plenty of covered outdoor seating. Below will be a 20-vehicle parking garage on a lower level accessed via the lower level alley. Rising above will be the rest of the 17-story, 260-foot-tall tower offering office floor plates ranging from 22,000 square feet at the base to 17,000 square feet at the top as the form slants inward as it rises. The slant will allow for the installation of articulated solar panels that will line the facade, providing shading for tenants and power to the building.
From what can be seen in the renderings, the panels will be installed at varying angles depending on their location, giving the building a dynamic look. The rest of the tower will be clad in gray aluminum panels with floor-to-ceiling windows and wood paneling on the underside of overhangs as an accent. The form will also allow for terraces at various levels for users to enjoy during the work day, we can also assume that there will be a comprehensive array of amenities including conference spaces, lounges, fitness room, and more.
One of the more exciting elements will be the multi-level outdoor terraces on the upper floors, with the largest being on the top offering an expansive recreational space partially covered by the building’s facade as it continues on the roof to complete the massing. Currently no anchor tenant has been announced as the structure will bring 267,200 square feet of space to the neighborhood.
Commuters will be able to access various transit options including bus service for CTA Routes 8, 56, and 65 as well as the CTA Blue Line at Grand station and the CTA Green and Pink Lines at Morgan station all within a 10-minute walk. The developers are currently seeking a rezoning of the site although its application was deferred from September’s City Council meeting. At the moment no construction timeline has been finalized, though once started we can expect an 18 to 24 month completion timeline based on similar projects.