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Newest Chicago Fed Building Strikes Gold

June 24, 2014

Quincy Court building wins four design awards and LEED® Gold certification after renovations and Dept. of Labor occupancy give this South State Street property new life.

Interior medium shot of Quincy Court conference roomCHICAGO – The renovation of the 11 West Quincy Court Federal Building, Chicago, was selected as one of the 65 winning projects for the 2013 American Architecture Awards, one of 12 winners (out of 110 entries) in the American Institute of Architects 58th annual Chicago Design Excellence Awards (Distinguished Building Category), and one of 20 winners in the 2014 GSA Design Awards (cited for architect, art conservation, interiors, and urbanism).

This newest Chicago Federal Building also earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification, and the building's renovation project team and architect – 4240 Architecture – won both the 2013 Best of Show Award and Premier Award for Government/Municipal/Cultural design in the Recognizing Exemplary Design (RED*) Awards sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association.

The renovation of the building, formerly the Bond Department store building, reinvigorated an underutilized, outdated federal building into a modern federal workspace that meets contemporary standards of design and sustainability. GSA preserved the existing, architecturally significant landmark while providing an updated design for contemporary tenants, updating building systems, and utilizing the latest in energy saving and other green technology.

Night exterior shot of the State Street side of the buildingThe most visible improvement to the building is the transformation of Quincy Court from an alley and service entrance to the building’s main entrance, creating both a modern facade and new address. This reorientation unites it with the rest of Chicago’s Federal Campus.

The building’s interior was also transformed into a new, modern workspace. The overall design focused on innovative solutions for interior design, using sustainable materials like glass to keep the project budget on target and give the space a modern feel.

Additionally, the increase in natural light through new glass facades on the north and west sides of the building maximized daylighting throughout the space. The new glass facades utilize a digital addressable lighting interface to control lighting levels and shading.

Considered a smart building, 11 West Quincy Court uses a building automation system to monitor, control, and optimize the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and lighting systems in the building remotely, and the system can be programmed based on an occupancy schedule. This technology will substantially reduce energy, water, and maintenance costs, ultimately saving taxpayer dollars.

This GSA video montage features photographs of all the 2014 Design Award winners and nominees.

*In its first year, the RED Awards honor exemplary efforts in interior design projects throughout Illinois. The 11 West Quincy Court building was also nominated for a Best Preservation Award by the Friends of Downtown, Chicago.

PROJECT QUICK FACTS Project Start: July 2009 (Design); September 2010 (Construction)
Project Completion: July 2012
Construction Budget: $26 million
GSA Project Team: Julia De Rosi (PM), Mohammed Ahmed, Helen Dimonte, Eric Firestone, Camdon Hindes, Scott Hirashima, Maritza Johnson, Marco Lopez, David Mazzolini, David Pacurar, Dan Schlacks, Juanita Vazquez, Chris Wainwright
Architects: 4240 Architecture
Contractor: M. A. Mortenson Construction

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13