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Skender completed three simultaneous renovation projects for Spear Street at its 225 W. Wacker office property in the West Loop of Chicago

Skender Completes Renovations on Spear Street’s West Loop Tower

Skender completed a landlord capital improvement project at 225 W. Wacker Drive in Chicago, a 31-story office tower located in Chicago’s West Loop submarket. The 651,000-square-foot building is owned by San Francisco-based Spear Street Capital, who hired Skender as general contractor to concurrently manage three different construction projects at the property.  

Skender began renovating the building’s lower lobby and Franklin Street entrance, fourth floor amenity space and roof deck in summer 2021. Substantial construction wrapped up in November 2022. 

The first completed phase was the building’s dedicated tenant amenity floor. Connected to the fourth-floor interior space is a completely redesigned open-air terrace with gardens.   

Skender worked hard to balance speed, cost effectiveness and agility, and together with Valerio Dewalt Train Architects, the team was able to find solutions to every issue by making decisions through collaboration and communication.  

Cushman & Wakefield served as management and owner’s representative on this project. 


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