Chicago’s downtown technology district now includes one of the city’s top destinations for high-rent tenants—300 North LaSalle. The 58-story skyscraper houses corporate offices, a 225-car parking garage, outdoor plaza, waterfront café and retail, an attached conference center, and a fitness center. This prestigious business address is designed to accommodate efficiency and flexibility in interior planning with abundant natural light and dramatic views. On the job since the core and shell, Alvine Engineering continues to provide improved spaces in 300 North LaSalle to accommodate the needs of tenants.
The design features include:
- Certified LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings and LEED Gold for Core and Shell.
- Innovative water and energy saving use of water from the Chicago River. The water is brought into the building to reject heat from the chillers, saving millions of gallons of water and chemicals each year. The building’s cooling system utilizes river water in lieu of domestic water as the condenser water for the HVAC system. This eliminated the need for cooling towers on the roof of the building and the need to rely on domestic water.
- The tower is extremely energy-efficient with a façade clad in articulated glass and stainless steel. The curtain wall and internal space planning maximize the introduction of daylight while minimizing solar gain.
- The client’s accelerated schedule required creative solutions, consensus-driven teamwork, and constant communication.