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Modern Steel Construction Features C.H. Robinson Midwest Headquarters as Cover Story

The brand new office building at 1515 W. Webster Avenue in Chicago kicks off a major development for the city.

The 207,000-sq.-ft, four-story edifice will serve as the Midwest headquarters for logistics company C.H. Robinson. Located on the North Branch of the Chicago River a few miles north of the city’s Loop business district, it is the first building to be constructed as part of the ambitious Lincoln Yards project. Proposed by Chicago-based real estate investment and development firm Sterling Bay, Lincoln Yards is a massive development that will transform a former industrial area into a modern, multi-building riverside district interwoven with ample green space. Completed last year and targeting LEED Gold certification, the building incorporates a structural steel framing system to achieve large columns bays with efficient office space planning.

The building maximizes usability for C.H. Robinson, providing flexibility for the company to grow within the building over time. Architect and structural engineer SOM studied the company’s prior office setting, including furniture layouts, ceiling heights and access to daylighting as part of the design process.

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