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What’s in a Post-Pandemic Office Building? Design Modified to Respond During Construction


When it opens later this summer, The 90,000-square-foot Fulton East Chicago office building will be one of the first in the country with features designed to address COVID-19 safety concerns. It was under construction when the outbreak hit, and has been engineered for maximum social distancing, touch-free operation, and air and surface sanitization. Redesigned details include:

  • Hands-free elevators.
  • Air and surface disinfection technology.
  • Touch-free thermal scanning at the lobby security desk to check people’s temperatures.
  • Touch-free key fob access and security system, pre-wired for future BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) access via a mobile phone.
  • Touch-free, after-hours security/building access/intercom/elevator access system.
  • Private, in-building, exclusive parking providing direct, touch-free, secure access to tenant floors.
  • A unique, EPA-registered, microbicidal paint that kills greater than 99.9% of Staph, MRSA, E. coli, VRE and Enterobacter aerogenes within 2hours of exposure on painted surfaces, applied on washroom walls.
  • Touch-free, solar-powered faucets, soap dispensers, and flush valves.
  • Hydrophobic glaze on all vitreous washroom fixtures.
  • All washrooms constructed with one fixture more than Chicago city code to help enhance social distancing.
  • Building facade of continuous, floor-to-ceiling, Low-E glass and 12-foot floor-to-floorspans to provide the maximum amount of light, air and views to benefit tenants’ health and well-being.
  • Only three columns on each floor, enabling flexibility in office design to easily accommodate social distancing guidelines, including two distinct wet column areas providing the opportunity for two separated cafes and kitchens.
  • An 8,000-square-foot rooftop garden park available for the exclusive use of building occupants, offering comfortable seating for small group meetings. In addition, a spacious, amphitheater-style seating area with a large screen TV with state-of-the-art connectivity is available for comfortable outdoor presentations, training sessions, company meetings, entertainment and casual gatherings, all in a space designed to incorporate appropriate social distancing.

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