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Fulton East, Nation’s First Next-Generation Office Building Featuring COVID-19 Era Operating Solutions, Opens in Chicago’s Fulton Market District

January 8, 2021

Developer Parkside Realty, Inc. announced today that construction is complete on Fulton East, the nation’s first next-generation, post-COVID-19 office building, featuring multiple high-tech and biophilic features designed for employee health, hygiene, safety and wellness. From hands-free elevators and a state-of-the-art air and surface disinfection system to open-air terraces on every floor and a rooftop park with unobstructed views, the design and details at Fulton East help employees stay safer, healthier and happier when working at the office. The 12-story, 90,000-square-foot, all-glass boutique office and retail building is located at 215 N. Peoria St., in Chicago’s Fulton Market District.

“We’re proud to deliver Fulton East to Fulton Market, bringing this vibrant neighborhood the nation’s first next-generation office building that comprehensively addresses health and wellness especially during this COVID-19 era,” said Bob Wislow, chairman and CEO of developer Parkside Realty, Inc. “Our intentional design approach began at the start of this project when we identified the site for the unique value of its location in the heart of Fulton Market, surrounded by low-rise, landmarked buildings that maximize – and permanently secure – city views for Fulton East tenants, all within a flexible, easy to access footprint.”

Over the past decade, Fulton Market has seen a dramatic transformation from its roots as a meatpacking-turned-arts district to Chicago’s fastest-growing tech and business center and the city’s hottest live-work-play neighborhood. In Q3 2020, demand for office space in Fulton Market continued, with more than one-third of Chicago’s top office transactions by square footage occurring in the Fulton Market/Far West Loop submarket, according to Savills.

Fulton East is directly across the street from the global headquarters of Mondelēz. The neighborhood also is home to McDonald’s corporate headquarters; tech campuses for Google, Glassdoor and Dyson; and leading advertising, design, professional and financial services firms. Many of the city’s most popular and praised hotels, restaurants, cafes and retailers are within a short walk.

“From the beginning, we designed Fulton East as a ‘well’ building with principles of biophilic design,” said Wislow. “When the pandemic hit, we did a quick pivot during construction and researched how to complete Fulton East as a safer, healthier workplace and improve the quality of office environments for the future. Fulton East now combines our original biophilic design elements, such as floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple outdoor workspaces – all proven to improve wellness – with cutting edge, post COVID-19, healthy-building technology.”

Each floor at Fulton East offers 10,605 square feet of sunlit space that is optimal for single-tenant use and fully customizable to accommodate social distancing, with a 9-by-27-foot private outdoor terrace and exclusive use of washrooms and corridors. The building’s top floors feature a multi-level penthouse office suite with a dramatic 23-foot-high ceiling, offering a tenant a unique opportunity to amplify its brand presence in the Chicago market.

Larger employers can use the natural-light-filled, interconnecting stairwell to customize and connect multiple floors for separate departments or teams – enhancing employee communication, increasing access to light, views and outdoor spaces, and further reducing density in washrooms, kitchens and corridors. The top of the building features an 8,000-square-foot rooftop park offering each tenant even more exclusive outdoor space for employee enjoyment and client entertainment.

Fulton East also includes the following health and wellness features for a safer, more healthy and more comfortable work environment:  

Health- and Hygiene-Focused Tech and Design

  • World’s first new-construction installation of Canada-based MAD Elevator Inc.’s new Toe-To-Go (T2G) hands-free elevator system, which utilizes foot-activated call buttons for a sanitary elevator experience. Studies have found elevator buttons harbor the most germs in an office building.
  • First multi-story office building installation of airPHX (“air fix”) non-thermal, plasma technology to help reduce cross-contamination risks and provide employees with cleaner air and work surfaces. AirPHX’s technology is used in hospitals, dental clinics, college athletic facilities and commercial settings where independent, on-site testing has shown reductions of 93% to 99% of viruses, bacteria and mold, both on surfaces and in the air.
  • Touch-free thermal scanning in a non-intrusive manner to check temperatures of people as they enter the building.
  • Kisi touch-free key fob and cell phone access/security system throughout the building.
  • Butterfly, touch-free, after-hours security/building and elevator access/intercom system for safe and efficient visitor access control.
  • Private, in-building executive parking with direct, touch-free and secure access to each tenant’s office floor(s).
  • Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield, an EPA-registered, microbicidal paint that kills greater than 99.9% of Staph, MRSA, E. coli, VRE and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure in all washrooms.
  • Sloan’s touch-free, solar-powered faucets, soap dispensers and flush valves and SloanTec Hydrophobic Glaze on all vitreous washroom fixtures.

Wellness-Focused Biophilic Design

  • Building facade of continuous floor-to-ceiling, Low-E glass and 12-foot floor-to-floor spans provide the maximum amount of light, air and views for health and well-being. The high ratio of exterior glass to square footage puts every employee closer to natural light.
  • Expansive, conference-room sized 9-by-27-foot outdoor terraces on each floor offer private settings for fresh-air meetings and a sunshine respite.
  • A sunshine-filled staircase by which employees can access their space from the lobby and which allows easy navigation for those tenants leasing more than one floor.
  • Floorplan design with only three columns on each floor optimizes daylight and enables flexible planning to easily accommodate social distancing guidelines. Two distinct wet-column areas provide the opportunity for two separate cafes and kitchens on each floor.
  • An 8,000-square-foot rooftop park for the exclusive use of building occupants. Offering comfortable, socially distanced seating for individual relaxation and small group meetings, the rooftop also includes an amphitheater-style seating area for up to 80 people and large specially designed TV screens with state-of-the-art connectivity for outdoor presentations, training sessions and client entertaining.
  • Executive parking level with electric vehicle charging stations.

Fulton East was constructed and designed by Chicago-based Clayco, one of the nation’s largest design-build firms, and its in-house architect, Lamar Johnson Collaborative. It features the nation’s most prominent installation of Prodema, a natural wood cladding that evokes the warmth of Fulton Market’s historic timber and brick exteriors. The building’s lobby design, led by nationally renowned, Chicago-based interior designer Holly Hunt, includes stunning light fixtures, rare 4-by-9-foot tall porcelain stone imported from Italy and a dramatic reception desk featuring Anorthosite stone from Quebec that was selected and sourced by Chicago-based GI Stone.

In addition to enjoying unobstructed sky and city views, Fulton East tenants can enjoy two new, one-of-a-kind murals painted on adjacent buildings by renowned local muralist Thomas Melvin.

“Health-focused technology, wellness and efficiency are intrinsic to the design of Fulton East,” said architect Lamar Johnson. “Smaller floor plates with 11-foot-4-inch high ceilings and an all-glass exterior wall bring natural daylight deep into a space to enhance the day-to-day work experience. It has been proven that access to ample daylight and views improves employee performance and mood, and reduces sick days. This is just one example of what makes Fulton East a model office building for today and long into the future.”

For a virtual tour and more details about the property, see its LoopNet page. For leasing and customization inquiries, contact Katie Scott at (312) 218-6347 or ks@fulton-east.com, or Camille Julmy at (312) 259-5663 or cj@fulton-east.com.

 

About Fulton East:

Fulton East, a 12-story, 90,000-square-foot office and retail building located at 215 N. Peoria St. in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, is the nation’s first next-generation office building designed to specifically address employee health, safety and wellness in today’s post-COVID-19 environment. Fulton East features new, leading-edge products, such as Canada-based MAD Elevator Inc.’s new Toe-To-Go (T2G) hands-free elevator system and airPHX (“air fix”) non-thermal, plasma technology throughout the entire building to help reduce cross-contamination risks and provide employees with cleaner air and work surfaces. Visit www.fulton-east.com.

About Parkside Realty, Inc.:

Led by veteran developers Bob Wislow and Camille Julmy, Parkside Realty, Inc. operates under a long-term, generational ownership structure. After developing its properties, Parkside directly leases and manages them, maintaining a successful, proven hands-on approach. Parkside listens to its valued tenants and provides top quality, efficient, sustainable and cost-effective solutions to improve business operations and employee engagement. Committed to urban development, especially in Chicago, the executive team has served for years in civic and industry leadership roles with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Development Council, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago. They have received the Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence four times, and Wislow is a distinguished recipient of the Urban Land Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.  

About Clayco:

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $3.25 billion in revenue for 2019, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential related building projects. For more information visit www.claycorp.com.

About LJC:

LJC is a full-service design and architecture firm committed to enhancing the quality of the human experience and to improving how design and architecture can impact each individual’s emotional being. By harnessing the power of integrated design, including architecture, workplace strategy, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering, the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations. For more information, please visit www.theljc.com.

About Holly Hunt Partners:

Having sold her eponymous interior design and furnishing business, to KNOLL in 2014, Holly Hunt has reconnected with her entrepreneurial spirit and is channeling this energy and vision through a design-forward consulting practice. Holly’s presence will be exclusive to a most discerning like-minded clientele. Architect and designer, Neil Zuleta, is this venture’s first partner. Neil first joined Holly 12 years ago and has returned after three years with Gensler.

 

Developer Parkside Realty, Inc. has announced the completion of Fulton East, a 12-story, 90,000-square-foot, all-glass boutique office and retail building in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. Courtesy of CoStar Group, Inc.

 

Fulton East features multiple high-tech and biophilic features designed for employee health, hygiene, safety and wellness, including an 8,000-square-foot rooftop park. Courtesy of CoStar Group, Inc.