The first demolition permit has been issued for the massive renovation of the 17-story Thompson Center, located at 100 W Randolph Street in The Loop. This permit will facilitate the removal of non-structural interior and exterior elements, costing $6 million for this current phase.
Originally constructed in 1985, the Thompson Center was designed by the late Helmut Jahn, one of the original “Chicago Seven” architects known for bold postmodern designs. The Prime Group initially took ownership of the Thompson Center last year for $70 million. Subsequently, Google acquired the property for a sum of $105 million, and plans to move 1,800 employees to the complex. The facility will serve as the company’s second headquarters in the city, following its establishment in Fulton Market, where it acted as a partial catalyst for the neighborhood’s recent development boom.
While initial plans hinted at reselling a portion of the building to the state after its renovation, Google now aims to utilize the majority of its approximately 1.2 million square-foot space. Helmut Jahn’s firm, Jahn/, is behind for the updated design. Renderings of the re-skinned exterior show the integration of metal, glass, planted terraces, as well a new enclosure for the office floors facing the inner atrium. The anticipated construction cost for this transformation is $280 million.
As the redevelopment progresses, The Prime Group continues to manage the project. Additionally, the Jean Dubuffet’s “Monument with Standing Beast” is undergoing conservation and is soon to be relocated to the Art Institute. Clark Construction is the general contractor, with an anticipated completion for the renovation by 2026.