CNA Center

Less Than 25,000SF, Greater Than 150,000SF, Build-out, Historic, Infrastructure, Renovation, $5 - $10 Million, Greater Than $20 Million

CNA Center

Chicago, Illinois

Built in 1972, the iconic 1,300,000-square-foot CNA Center was originally a single-tenant structure. Over time the business insurer became more strategically focused, concentrating solely on property and casualty business. The result was a smaller company with an excess of 250,000 square feet of vacant space for rent in its iconic red tower. CNA made the decision to reposition the building and, for the first time, open it to multiple tenants. Working with a team of experts including The John Buck Co., Leopardo and Powell/Kleinschmidt architects, CNA invested $60 million in the repositioning strategy. Project highlights include:

  • A lobby within a lobby that allowed new tenants to enjoy a completely separate entrance, lobby and address
  • Glass curtain wall, which added 5,000 square feet to the existing 15,000-SF lobby
  • Entire vertical transportation system redesign
  • New landscaping plan to piggyback with the city’s Wabash improvements
  • Demolished the third floor and built a new health club and conference center
  • Converted low-rise floors to multi-tenant use
  • Upgrade mechanical and electrical systems