Kaufman Hall, a provider of financial and capital advisory services to the healthcare sector, is expanding its Chicago-area presence with a new office in downtown Chicago. The company leased 14,118 square feet at 10 S. Wacker Drive in the CME Center. Kaufman Hall’s corporate headquarters will remain in Skokie, Illinois, where it has been located since 2005.
“Providing exceptional service to our customers is the top priority at Kaufman Hall, and delivering industry-leading solutions for some of their toughest business challenges requires that we attract and retain the best of the best employees,” said Wes Champion, who recently was appointed chief executive officer of Kaufman Hall. “This Chicago expansion allows us to strengthen our capabilities as a trusted advisor to our clients, and to improve our workplace strategy for our employees.”
The new office, expected to open in August of 2018, will house roughly 100 employees and will feature a modern, flexible environment and communal amenities to support collaboration and interaction. The CME Center consists of two 40-story towers connected by a 10-story base and a 500-car parking garage. The towers’ striking saw-tooth design, with large, floor-to-ceiling windows, provides panoramic views overlooking the Chicago River and Wacker Drive.
Tenants have access to numerous amenities, including an active retail/restaurant corridor, car-sharing services, car wash and valet parking, as well as conferencing, lounge and fitness facilities. The property is currently undergoing a transformative lobby redevelopment scheduled for completion in 2019. It is certified as LEED Gold for Existing Buildings, and holds Green Globe and Energy Star certifications.
“CME Center offers Kaufman Hall not only a prestigious address, but a setting that aligns with the company’s corporate objective of creating a vibrant office environment with all of the amenities and accessibility desired by today’s workforce,” said Savills Studley corporate managing director Renae Bradshaw, who represented Kaufman Hall in the transaction, along with colleague and vice chairman John Goodman. “In Chicago and other metro areas across the United States, we are seeing a dramatic shift in location dynamics. Rather than employees moving to where companies are located, companies are moving to where the talent wants to be. Culture and convenience are two key attractions for the millennial generation”
CME Center owner Tishman Speyer was represented in the transaction by Joe Gordon and Justin Lewis.