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New Renderings Unveil Google’s Plans to Transform Thompson Center

Renderings and details have been revealed for Google’s plans to renovate the historic James R. Thompson Center. Earlier this year, the City of Chicago approved permits submitted by Google to demolish and transform the exterior and atrium of the iconic property in Chicago’s Loop.

Construction will begin early next year on rehabilitating the 425,000-square-foot, 37-story building located at 115 LaSalle as Google prepares to take over the building as its new Chicago headquarters, all while working to maintain its architectural integrity.

The tech giant purchased the building from the State of Illinois for $105 million in 2022. The company said it intends to preserve the postmodern architecture of the Jahn Helmut-designed structure. The building’s structure’s 17-story atrium will remain in place, while a new glass-front design is planned. The redesign will allow for more food and beverage retailers within the center.


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