Historical, Interiors, Retail

Sullivan Center

Greater Than 150,000SF, Build-out, Infrastructure, Renovation, Greater Than $20 Million

Sullivan Center

Chicago, Illinois

The Sullivan Center, formerly the Carson Pirie Scott building, located at State & Madison, received Landmark Illinois’ 2011 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Restoration Project of the Year.  The juried award honors excellence in historic preservation. “The level of detail of this project sets the bar for future restoration projects of this scale,” stated the awards jury.  In 2007, Leopardo began gutting eight floors and 600,000 square feet of old retail space as the Sullivan Center began its interior repositioning by Joseph Freed & Associates into a modernized space for retail, commercial and educational tenants.  In 2010, Leopardo completed the interior build-out of 20,000-square-foot at the Sullivan Center for Walgreen Co’s first-ever downtown offices, which housed 65 marketing and technology employees. In 2011, Leopardo managed nearly 150,000 square feet of white-box build-outs at the Sullivan Center for the retail spaces that would eventually house Target and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse.

  • WINNER: 2011 Restoration Project of the Year
    Landmark Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award 
  • WINNER: 2011 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award
    Cast Iron Façade Restoration – Rehab Construction
  • Demolition of 600,000-SF, removing all flooring, walls and ceilings to get back to original exterior walls
  • Removed all asbestos containing materials, lead paint, HVAC equipment, all existing washrooms and 24 escalators
  • Built a new ComEd Vault, installed new electrical Bus Duct Risers and related electrical closets, reworked existing 480V electrical panels and installed a new cooling tower
  • Infilled the 24 escalator openings with new steel and concrete construction
  • Extended the existing lobbies on State Street and Wabash Avenue
  • Completed white box construction for floors 3,4 & 7 to allow for tenant build-outs, including all new mechanical equipment and washrooms
  • Installed new internal stairways in existing wood buildings on Wabash Ave. for emergency exit
  • White box construction for the 1st floor retail stores
  • Built new Fashion School and Display Gallery for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 7th Floor
  • The Sullivan Center has earned more than 10 industry awards, including the Friends of Downtown 2010 Best Restoration Award and Landmark Illinois’ 2009 Outstanding Preservation Award