While it feels like it’s been a work-from-home year for most of us, this week is officially National Work From Home Week. The timing coincides perfectly with the introduction of six executive WFH boardrooms as part of the 48th amenity floor of the Skyline Collection at NEMA Chicago.
McHugh Construction Co. recently delivered this new dedicated workspace for developer Crescent Heights as well as the remaining two- to four-bedroom residences on floors 49 through 76 at NEMA, which marks the completion of Chicago’s tallest rental building.
Interestingly, the new 48th floor WFH space was intentionally left as a “white box” amenity space until most of the building was complete. As tastes, trends and tenant preferences can change drastically between groundbreaking and first move-ins, the 48th floor amenity space was designed in real time to more accurately reflect the needs of today’s residents. In the early stages of the project, the space was tentatively earmarked for a yoga studio, but that was changed given residents’ WFH needs.
By leaving this space purposely vacant until the last possible moment in the construction schedule, McHugh Construction was able to work closely with Crescent Heights and architects Rafael Viñoly and Rockwell Group to change course and create additional workspace, especially after observing the popularity of NEMA’s expansive 16th floor coworking area.