Inland Steel Renovation

  • Photo © Ezra Stoller
  • Photo © Ezra Stoller
  • Photo © Ezra Stoller
  • Photo © Hedrich Blessing
  • Image © SOM
  • Image © SOM
  • Image © SOM
  • Image © SOM
  • Image © SOM
  • Image © SOM
  • Image © SOM

The Inland Steel Building, designed by SOM in the 1950s, is a prominent figure on the Chicago skyline. This renovation aims to make the tower a modern embodiment of progress shaped around the needs of the dynamic global marketplace. The updated building will define a new paradigm for the contemporary workplace while satisfying Chicago Landmark requirements.

The redesigned office spaces will accommodate growing or mobile companies. The interior is designed to be re-configurable and reusable so that turnover will result in negligible waste. This concept is one of many green design features that will allow the building to be as technologically advanced going forward as it was in its first 50 years of existence.

Other sustainable features include ergonomic workstations that will enable users to customize air and daylight preferences; active chilled beams in the ceiling and motorized solar shading that will maximize thermal performance; and a customizable "kit-of-parts" that will allow tenants to select from a menu of options and will help overcome the wastefulness of demolition and fit-out. The design also calls for a green roof to manage stormwater runoff, along with new art in outdoor plazas and a revolving art program in the tower's lobby.