Flexport, a San Francisco-based, technology-focused freight forwarding firm, has signed a 40,000-square-foot lease at Gr333n, Sterling Bay’s under-construction office building in Chicago’s Fulton Market. The space should accommodate a doubling of the company’s Chicago employee base to 300.
According to a report in Crain’s, the company will occupy the 12th floor of the building, located at 333 N. Green Street. Sterling Bay recently announced that they would also move into the building after selling their headquarters building at 1330 W. Fulton Street. Other tenants committed to the building include big four professional services company EY, ad agency WPP and co-working firm Convene.
Construction is nearly complete on the 19-story, 555,524-square-foot building. Designed by Gensler, Gr333n features 39,203-square-foot floor plates, a sky deck, a tenant lounge, gaming area, fitness center, conference facilities, shuttle service to Ogilvie and Union stations and 35,000 square feet of prime retail. The building is going up on the site of the former Coyne College campus, which Sterling Bay acquired in 2016 for $25 million.
Sterling Bay has been the tip of the spear for the transformation of Fulton Market from meat packing district to one of the hottest office destinations in the country. They developed the Midwest headquarters for Google and later brought McDonald’s in from the suburbs. Other projects in the area include the 14-story Hyatt House Hotel and 210 N. Carpenter, a 206,000-square-foot office building that recently refinanced for $84 million.