On August 1, William Blair moved its global headquarters to a fifty-four story, 1.2 million square foot office tower found right along the Chicago riverfront. The space is surrounded by a 1.5-acre park and walkway, located at 150 North Riverside Plaza.
The company’s new office tower creation was headed by Goettsch Partners based in Chicago. Interior Architects, also in Chicago, designed the building’s meeting areas and offices. The building’s inception was the result of five years of research and planning to create a state of the art home for William Blair’s staff and clients while promoting an environment that positively affects client results, fosters employee engagement and increases collaboration.
William Blair’s new global headquarters tower is LEED-Gold certified, exceeding all local code requirements for efficiency and energy. The architectural “gem” was designed to touch the ground in as little space as possible while maintaining its stability. Among its many architectural features is a lobby with its non-structurally supported glass wall, the tallest in the country, and 360-degree views of the Chicago skyline.
“Our new headquarters will meet our growing needs as a premier global financial services firm, providing our clients and colleagues a more collaborative space to meet our clients’ evolving investment goals,” said John Ettelson, president, and CEO of William Blair.