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Sphera Relocates to Bigger Space Within Pru Plaza

Google isn’t the only tech tenant expanding its Chicago-area presence with Sterling Bay. Sphera Solutions has leased the entire 25,000-square-foot 29th floor of Sterling Bay’s One Prudential Plaza, and will sublease its current 14,000-square-foot space there when it relocates within the property next spring.

Sphera Solutions, which develops risk management software used by thousands of large companies, plans to employ up to 150 people at its Chicago headquarters by the end of 2019.

“We have so much demand that we don’t have enough people to staff,” CEO Paul Marushka told Crain’s Chicago Business. He added that the company was leaving open the possibility of taking back the sublease space to accommodate growth.

CBRE’s Dan Persa, Brad Serot and Tony Coglianese represented Sphera. Sterling Bay’s Dave Gloor and Jesse Slack represented the landlord, which bought One Prudential Plaza and the neighboring Two Prudential Plaza for $680 million this past April.

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