Skender, serving as general contractor, recently launched the interior renovation of the future 23,000-square-foot headquarters for Paragon Biosciences, a fast-growing life science innovator that invests in, builds and advises bioscience companies.
Paragon will be relocating to the 35th floor of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed 330 N. Wabash in Chicago’s River North neighborhood from its current office space in Northbrook, Illinois. Skender is collaborating with Gensler and CBRE to complete the project in Fall 2019.
Paragon’s new, technology-rich office space will offer a wide range of amenities to support a highly collaborative and productive workplace. Key spaces include open office workstation areas, private offices, conference rooms of varying size, two reception areas, a warming pantry and large café. A drywall cloud component will extend through much of the space and be featured in branded signage mounted on the walls. Additionally, the reception and café areas will feature large format tile.
“An innovation center for new portfolio companies will be a key feature of our expanded headquarters,” said Jeff Aronin, Paragon’s chairman and CEO. “Shared workspace in the innovation center will enable the independent leadership teams of incubating portfolio companies to directly access advisory services from Paragon’s experts in R&D, advanced sciences, clinical operations and regulatory affairs.”