WiredScore, the world’s leading rating system for technological capacity in commercial buildings, today announced the official launch of Chicago as a flagship market for the company. Founded in New York City in 2013, WiredScore has expanded the Wired Certification platform to six countries in the past five years.
It has chosen to invest in Chicago as a flagship city to address the local demand for the technology benchmark on the heels of successful expansions in Atlanta and Toronto. Chicago’s most technology-oriented and innovative landlords and developers are pursuing Wired Certification, the preeminent international platform that rates the connectivity and technological capacity of office buildings.
“Chicago is proud to welcome WiredScore into our offices, buildings and businesses,” said Chicago Mayor Emanuel. “Today’s announcement underscores our continued commitment to creating new technology to foster growth, support innovation and drive entrepreneurship throughout every corner of our city.”
WiredScore has 16 launch partners who have committed to Wired Certification for Chicago office properties: 601W Companies, 625 W. Adams LLC, Ascentris, Beacon Capital Partners, EQ Office, Farpoint Development, GlenStar Asset Management, Golub & Company, Hines, The John Buck Company, KBS, Mark Goodman & Associates Inc., MetLife Investment Management, Riverside Investment & Development Company, Walton Street Capital and Zeller Realty Group.
From the Loop to suburban markets, Chicago’s most innovative landlords and developers are adopting Wired Certification as a means of future-proofing their office assets across all real estate classes. In total, 23 properties in Chicago, totaling 26 million square feet of commercial space, have committed to Wired Certification including: 1 North Dearborn (Beacon Capital Partners & MetLife Investment Management), Willis Tower (EQ Office), 6300 River Road (Farpoint Development), The 300 (Golub & Company), River Point (Hines), 141 W Jackson (GlenStar Asset Management), 151 North Franklin (The John Buck Company), The Sangamon (Mark Goodman & Associates, Inc.), and 100 North Wacker (Riverside Investment & Development Company).
“We are excited to establish Chicago as our Midwestern flagship market and to bring the importance of digital connectivity to the forefront of conversations around future-proofing office assets,” said Christine Torres, WiredScore’s head of Chicago. “Whether it’s an historically significant building like The Wrigley Building or a development coming out of the ground today, it is essential that buildings can deliver a reliable, resilient and robust digital infrastructure to support the business needs of Chicago occupiers.”