IllinoisOffice Skender completes first biotech lab space and base-building work for Sterling Bay’s life sciences project August 20, 2020 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via email Previous Next Skender, serving as construction manager, recently completed interior construction of the 30,000-square-foot laboratory and research office space for Exicure, Inc., a pioneer in gene regulatory and immunotherapeutic drugs. The clinical-stage biotechnology company is the first tenant in Sterling Bay’s recently redeveloped life sciences building at 2430 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. Occupying the entire fourth floor, Exicure’s workspace features 44 lab stations, 11 fume hoods, open-office workstations, two tissue culture rooms with alarmed pressurization, an uninterrupted power supply and space adapted for a custom-built DNA synthesizer machine. Skender collaborated with Sterling Bay, CannonDesign and CBRE to successfully complete the project. As part of the base-building scope, Skender also worked with Sterling Bay to build out the first- and second-floor common areas of 2430 N. Halsted, a 125,000-square-foot medical research facility offering modern, flexible commercial lab space in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Skender’s base-building work included a reception area, four conference rooms, two staff offices, upgraded HVAC, new security and a lounge space for tenants.