McShane Construction Company has completed construction of Glenstar O’Hare, a new-build office property on behalf of developer GlenStar Properties. The 150,000-square-foot building was constructed on a 3.5-acre greenfield site at the intersection of the Kennedy Expressway and Cumberland Avenue near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
“New suburban office construction in Chicagoland has been slow in recent years,” said Jeffrey A. Raday, P.E., president of McShane Construction Company. “However, lately there has been a need for new office space in the expanding O’Hare submarket, so we’re pleased to provide our client with a brand new facility.”
The eight-story facility features 1,112 precast concrete panels with ribbon windows on top of a massive 4-foot mat foundation. To lay the mat, McShane poured over 4,800 cubic yards of concrete on top of 1,450 tons of rebar with the help of over 560 cement trucks during a 19-hour period.
Wright Heerema Architects provided the architectural services for GlenStar O’Hare. The first three floors and partial fourth floor of the building encompass structured parking, with floors five through eight featuring open office areas. The total parking count for the development is 628 spaces.
McShane also completed site work, including surface parking, driveways, landscaping, a pond featuring a retaining wall, outdoor seating and an elegant fountain. Throughout the entire construction process, McShane worked with neighboring properties to mobilize equipment and construction work, as well as with the Federal Aviation Administration to obtain permission to use the giant crane needed to hoist the precast panels into place.
Despite the site’s location posing some challenges during construction, it offers logistical advantages to tenants as it is just minutes to O’Hare International Airport, approximately 15 miles from Downtown Chicago and offers easy access to I-294 and I-90.