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KBS and Western Specialty Contractors are completing the restoration of the curtain wall at Accenture Tower in downtown Chicago

KBS’ Accenture Tower Undergoing Curtain Wall Restoration

Western Specialty Contractors – Chicago Facades Branch and KBS are completing the restoration of a curtain wall at Accenture Tower, an award-winning, 1.46-million-square-foot Class A office and retail property at 500 W. Madison St. In Chicago. The tower, completed in 1987 and formerly known as 500 West Madison, has twice earned The Outstanding Building of the Year Award Internationally by The Building Owner and Managers Association. 

KBS contracted Western Specialty Contractors – Chicago Facades Branch in 2021 to completely restore the existing curtain wall at the property. The project, which is expected to continue through 2025, includes the removal and replacement of the original 35-year-old sealants on the entire 588-foot-tall building’s curtain wall and bridge over Canal Street. 

“This restoration demonstrates KBS’ ongoing dedication to delivering the highest-quality amenities at its office properties and highlights its partnerships with service providers like Western Specialty Contractors,” said Luke Hamagiwa, asset manager for Accenture Tower. 


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