Darn Near Done: 800 Fulton

800 Fulton March 2021
800 Fulton

This is a cool building.

800 Fulton is an 18-story office tower at the literal gateway to the Fulton Market District. Really. There’s a sign. Developed by Thor Equities, it is a design by SOM and a build by Lendlease. It should be open any minute now.

Fulton Labs announces topping out

Fulton Labs topping out

Fulton Labs caught some rays over the weekend.

Blogs are okay, but the best source for information is always from the best source: the source itself.

Tuesday, Fulton Labs announced the topping out of the building at 400 North Aberdeen in Fulton Market. That keeps the facility on track to open early next year.

Here’s the text of the announcement, which can be seen in its entirety at the link above:

CHICAGO — March 23, 2021 — Trammell Crow Company (TCC), one of the largest commercial real estate developers in the United States, today announced it has topped out the construction on its Fulton Labs at 400 N. Aberdeen development. The facility is a 423,454 square-foot best-in-class laboratory building that the company is developing to help meet rapidly expanding demand for Class A lab space in the Chicago region, an area that has had chronic shortages of such space for decades.

The company broke ground on the development in July 2020 and anticipates completing the facility on schedule by Q1 of 2022. Portal Innovations, a premier venture development platform that bridges scientific ideation and value creation in life science, medtech and bioinformatics, has already signed a lease and will occupy a full 35,000-square-foot floor upon the building’s completion.

“After the past few years of working toward making this hub of life science innovation in Chicago possible, it is rewarding to see it all begin to come together,” said Morgan Blaska, Senior Associate for Trammell Crow Company. “With the community of life sciences tenants strengthening in our Fulton Labs at 1375 W. Fulton facility, coupled with securing our first lease at 400 N. Aberdeen and achieving this milestone in the construction process, we’re excited to see the continuing impact that our investment in purpose-built wet and dry lab space is having on the community.”

Power Construction is the general contractor on the project, ESG Architects is supplying design and architectural services, CRB is providing lab planning and engineering design support,  and CBRE is directing the life sciences transaction and advisory work.

“With our decades of construction experience in Chicago, it is exciting to be a part of a project like this that will help solve the chronic shortage of lab space in the Chicago area,” said Steve Jackson, Vice President at Power Construction. “Our expertise in this field, along with our partnership with groups like CRB and ESG, allows us to be a part of a much-needed facility that will foster collaboration and innovation for life science companies.”

Of the building’s 16 floors, 12 are dedicated to wet or dry lab space, including one full floor of shared lab space managed and programmed by Portal Innovations. The facility’s features are designed to allow for flexibility and scalability, such as column-free and long-span layouts. The facility has been designed to serve the robust infrastructure requirements for office and lab users alike, while also providing unique advances in building technology, such as View Smart Windows that automatically adjust the tint throughout the day to allow for minimized heat, UV damage, glare, and pathogens, while still providing sunlight to tenants.

Construction progress as if Saturday, March 20:

First Visit: 1043 West Fulton begins going vertical in Fulton Market

One of Chicago’s newest tower cranes is at 237 North Aberdeen in the Fulton Market District. But you can call it 1043 Fulton if you’d like.

1043 West Fulton is a joint effort from Intercontinental Real Estate and Fulton Street Companies. The 12-story office building will deliver 124,000 square feet of office space, 6,400 square feet of retail space, and about three dozen below-grade parking spots to the busiest neighborhood in the city.

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture is the design architect; Power Construction is on the build. 1043 is expected to open in Spring 2022.

Photos are from two visits with five days. They’re kicking some butt on this one.


He who labs glass, glass lasts

Fulton Labs March 2021

What I’m trying to say is, Fulton Labs has its first couple rows of glass installed. Here’s an updated photo gallery from the first half of March 2021.

Fulton Labs shines in the December sun

Fulton Labs grows behind (or next to) the Birdie tank in the Fulton Market District.

This isn’t about one of my favorite water tanks ever, but I certainly can’t ignore it.

No, this post is about Fulton Labs at 400 North Aberdeen, a 16-story, 400,000+ square-foot laboratory facility Power Construction is erecting in Fulton Market. Expected to be operational in early 2022 (2022? Oh, that’s right. 2022 is less than 13 months away. Gosh, 2020 flew by…) Fulton Labs is a development by Trammell Crow Company, and a design by ESG Architecture. This same team brought West End on Fulton to the West Loop as well, which opened this summer.

Tishman Speyer announces topping out of 320 North Sangamon

When I posted photos of 320 North Sangamon last week, I counted the floors that were done and estimated, with my math skills, that it had topped out.

Nailed it!

Tishman Speyer has released a video (see link below) to commemorate the topping out. Congrats all around.


167 Green Street giveth, 167 Green Street taketh away

Glass is in session at 167 Green Street in the West Loop.

167 Green Street in the West Loop is a cool construction site, and I’ve missed most of

The remaining tower crane has a very important job: putting the moon up every evening.

it. It endeared itself to me by erecting a pair of tower cranes, and you know how appreciative I am of that effort. Alas, half of all good things must end, and 167 Green Street has taken down one of the luffing cranes from the job site.

However, it’s given something as well, in the form of the first row of glass around the outside of the tower. And ya still have one tower crane remaining, so there’s still a lot to watch here.

Built by the same team that brought us The Parker Fulton Market on the southeast corner of Lake and Halsted, 167 Green Street is a 17-story, 750,000-square-foot office tower at the corners of Lake and Halsted streets, and Lake and Green streets. Yeah, it’s a big footprint. Developed by Shapack Partners, and built by Focus, there will be 600,000 square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail space on the ground and 2nd floors, and 125 parking spaces. Gensler is the design architect.

Ironwork as artwork at 312 North Carpenter

312 North Carpenter

The artwork of ironwork, at 312 North Carpenter.

New York City’s Madison Capital is renovating its three-story building at 312 North Carpenter in the Fulton Market District. And while the front still looks like an old brick facade in desperate need of some fixing up, the rear of the building is nothing short of an iron work of art.

LG Construction is the general contractor for the 312 project, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, which includes some demolition work of the building next door at 328 North Carpenter, allowing 312 to be more accessible for renovation. (Madison Capital owns both properties.) A permit was filed back in February to, and I quote (copy, actually…)


**Some emergency demo work was necessary back in September when a large portion at the back of the structure collapsed (see the DNAInfo story here.)**


The bricks hit the wall at Fulton West

Fulton West

The front of Fulton West is bricked in, up to the setback.

Fulton West is looking a lot less like an old skeleton, and a lot more like its renderings. Sterling Bay is developing Fulton West, which will provide 290,000 square feet of office space and 610 parking spots to the Fulton Market District.

Leopardo Construction crews have added five additional floors to the existing 4-story structure, and now some major brick work covers the facades. The Gensler-designed office building is destined for an April 2017 opening.