BEAR was overjoyed to partner with Markel Insurance on what was our third Chicago construction project together. The kick-off meeting was held in February 2020, just before the COVID shutdowns occurred across the nation. BEAR’s quick pivot with enhanced technology platforms allowed for a seamless transition to the virtual world. Weekly video walk-throughs of the space were shared with Markel’s lead PM in Virginia and their main AIA (Baskervill) in Ohio. The 26,000-SF space itself was a transformation from the traditional, closed office environment to a modern, open concept with limited private offices, large employee gathering areas, huddle rooms and phone booths. Amid the production shutdowns caused by the pandemic, the project was delivered on-time and on-budget with few modifications to the original design.