Leopardo Completes Renovation of Ogilvie Transportation Center

Leopardo recently completed a multi-floor renovation of Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison St. in Chicago. The passenger terminal serves three Metra commuter rail lines and is part of the 42-story Citigroup Center.

The project consisted of a 6-phase remodel of the food court in the Citigroup Center lobby, including 20 major retail chain store fronts, as well as new seating and flooring in the open dining area. The renovations are part of the food court’s transition to a more relaxed and trendier space featuring less traditional fast-food options and more boutique eateries.

Additional work included renovating restrooms, as well as the reception desk and directory wall on the first floor. Leopardo also installed a feature wall with a faux vertical garden. Lighting upgrades on the second and fifth floor were also completed, including a large statement fixture hung from the fifth floor atrium ceiling. In addition, exterior work added new signage on the corner of Madison and Canal streets.

To avoid disruption to the more than 40,000 commuters who pass through the station daily, Leopardo completed the project overnight and several steps were taken to maintain daily operations during construction. For instance, quick-setting materials were used to lay new flooring so it would be ready for foot traffic by morning. “One of the key aspects of this job was to skillfully coordinate all the interior finishes and still have the space ready and usable by the general public every morning by 5 a.m.,” said Leopardo Project Superintendent Mike Max.

Serving as general contractor, Leopardo collaborated with architect Baumann Studios to complete the project.