The renowned two-level Prudential Plaza lobbies were last updated in 1989. BEAR’s latest 28,600-SF renovation posed multiple scheduling and logistical challenges, including maintaining tenant access to the mezzanine security station and elevator banks at all times, and continued access for the 20,000 commuters and 7,000 tenants who pass through the Prudential lobbies each day.
- Work included demolition of all existing finishes and an existing concrete mezzanine. New lighting, HVAC distribution, drywall ceilings, terrazzo floors, Nelson architectural metal ceiling and wall panel systems, along with an elaborate millwork package finished off the spaces. A huge electronic screen, at the time Chicago’s largest, was installed to greet visitors and guests.
- Over 10,000-SF of space was modernized on the mezzanine and elevator levels alone, and access to the elevators was vastly improved by utilizing long unused tenant space. BEAR’s work coincided with an elevator modernization program, with each phase being carefully planned in conjunction with the elevator contactor to maximize work and minimize down time. A tenant coffee bar was installed, creating a space where tenants could arrive, mingle and relax before starting their work days.
- Much of the work was performed after normal working hours to limit the impact on building operations, and work above the main escalators was accelerated to minimize closures of this critical area of the lobby.