natural light, glass walls, large operable windows, outdoor furniture and
The lounge is only one of the focal
points on the new amenity ;oor.
Building tenants can also take advantage of a new 2,500-square-foot
full-service conference facility and
a 3,500-square-foot ;tness center.
Both the conference facility and the
;tness center are available for tenant
use at no additional cost.
The property management team also
has implemented new initiatives
to help companies in the building
achieve their health and wellness
objectives. They launched a “free
200 West Jackson Project Summary
Type of Site Urban
Development Type Redevelopment
Transportation Modes Car, Train, Bus, Pedestrian, Bicycle (Divvy Bikeshare)
Of;ce 487,000 sq. ft.
Cafe Approx. 3,000 sq. ft.
Amenity Floor 8,700 sq. ft.
Number of Floors 29
Nielsen Floors 14-27, with the exception of 16 and 20
Annual Rent $21/sq. ft. net
Lease Terms 15 years
Developer White Oak Realty
Project and Interiors
Architect Wright Heerema Architects
General Contractor Morgan Harbour Construction
Leasing Agents White Oak Realty
Property Manager JLL
Co-owner Angelo Gordon & Co.
Building Acquisition 2015
Project Completed October 2016
Development Cost Information
Hard Costs $6,478,000
Soft Costs $1,013,000
Total Project Costs (Include Lobby, Signage and Amenity Floor) $7,491,000
fruit for tenants” program and added
new vending machines located just
outside the conference center adjacent to the amenity lounge that are
stocked with freshly prepared snack
and meal options from Farmer’s
Fridge, a Chicago company focused
on local sourcing of healthy vending
In early 2017, Nielsen, the TV ratings
;rm, signed a 215,000-square-foot
lease to consolidate all of its Chicago-area employees into one space at 200
West Jackson. Companies such as
video marketing ;rm Liquidus Market-
ing have signed additional leases,
bringing building occupancy up to 81
percent from its original state of less
than 50 percent occupancy when White
Oak purchased the building in 2015.
Loyalty from existing tenants who
have been in the building since
before the renovation began has also
seen a boost, thanks in no small part
to a consistent approach to property
management, which helped keep
current tenants happy throughout the
year-long transformation. Property
management hosts a weekly happy
hour for all tenants; it also brings a
different food vendor — who offers
convenient lunch options — to the
amenity lounge each day.
The world of work has changed. Of;ce
tenants today expect their buildings
to provide much more than simply
a place in which to work at a desk
or hold the occasional meeting in
a conference room. They’re seeking to provide rich experiences for
employees in environments that set
their company apart. The opportunity
for owners and developers to reinvigorate older buildings is immense.
Sometimes what’s needed is a simple
breath of fresh air. ■
By Roger Heerema, a principal with Wright
Heerema Architects, NAIOP Chicago’s 2016
Design Firm of the Year