October 12, 2021
Our countdown of Epstein's Top 100 projects continues with no. 64, the Exelon Corporation corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago.
For this new 220,000-square-foot space, Epstein provided full interior design services for an interior tenant build-out. The build-out consolidated Exelon’s three existing Chicago locations to better support productivity by eliminating travel times among the offices, thereby reducing long-term occupancy costs.
This 10-floor project, completed in 2006, included a number of sustainable design features, such as lighting that utilized a direct/indirect lighting system with controllable task lighting for every employee. Materials were also chosen for recycled content and manufactured locally. Plumbing fixtures were chosen to significantly reduce water consumption as compared to standard City of Chicago code. The project also saved resources by reusing a significant amount of furniture from its old locations. Indoor air quality was a vastly important in this project; therefore materials were selected to have low or no VOCs. The space was awarded LEED-CI Platinum Status by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world's largest LEED-Platinum certified office space at the time.
Epstein worked closely with Exelon leaders to meet their commitment of creating a space for employees that provides a productive atmosphere. This was completed by the development of a "universal plan" that placed private work spaces in the center of each floor, helping ensure Exelon’s requested quiet and stable work environment.