In 1885, Chicago became home to one of America’s first ‘skyscrapers’; the 10-story Home Insurance Building, at the corner of LaSalle and Adams Streets. Since then, a multitude of skyscrapers had been built across the country, most often born for need of office space, as well as prestige.
Whether in these high rise buildings, or in smaller, more sprawling complexes, the need for office space in cities such as Chicago is ever- growing, and countless contractors and building companies are available to make these spaces a reality. The following is a list of the top 15 office contractors in Chicago; firms with the skill and the resources to deliver top-quality projects.
8410 S Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
About Berglund Construction
Berglund Construction is a Chicago-based fourth-generation, family-owned and operated general contracting firm specializing in new construction and restorative remodeling. From its humble beginnings with Founder Fred Berglund in 1911, the firm has grown into a nationally-recognized general contracting firm that takes pride in its entrepreneurial passion and unwavering integrity. Berglund’s projects across the U.S. have earned awards, including the Modernism in America Award, the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission Historic Preservation Award, the ICRI Award, and the CBC Merit Awards.
In nearby Deerfield, IL, Berglund constructed the corporate headquarters of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The two-story, 41,000 square-foot facility includes a large conference center, formal and informal collaboration spaces, and private offices. A particular feature of interest in the space is a glazed floor-to-ceiling glass wall near the forecourt entrance where visitors can view the private courtyard and the lake beyond.
Bulley & Andrews
1755 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
About Bulley & Andrews
Founded in 1891, Bulley & Andrews (B&A) is a Chicago-based private general contracting company owned and operated by the Bully family. Currently leading the firm are Executive Chairman Allan Bulley. Jr., and Chairman and CEO Allan Bulley, III, hailing from the third and fourth generations of the family, respectively. The firm prides itself as a company that maintains tradition while also moving forward with the latest innovations and technologies. B&A has received many awards over the years, including the CBC Merit Awards, the Gold Key Award, and the ULI Vision Award.
B&A recently completed the building of their new corporate headquarters at 1755 West Armitage Avenue. The four-story building has multiple green features built throughout, including a daylight harvesting system and a green roof. The office spaces were built to instill a culture of collaboration among the firm’s employees, who had been previously located in four separate locations.
309 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
About Linn-Mathes, Inc.
Established in 1919, Linn-Mathes, Inc. is a Chicago-based residential, industrial, mixed-use and commercial construction company. The firm is currently under its third generation of family ownership and operation, led by President Brad Mathes. Its decades of experience and its diversified portfolio of completed projects enables the firm to handle multiple types of projects, from the smallest renovations to the largest of new construction. Linn-Mathes has been honored with multiple awards, including the LISC Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, the National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, the AIA Merit Citation, and the ULI Vision Awards.
Linn-Mathes was responsible for transforming a 1923 cold storage building at 1000 West Fulton Street into a modern LEED Gold-certified office and retail building. The firm also made a new six-story addition to the side that includes flexible floor plates ranging from 38,500 to 71,000 square feet. The office building earned a WELL certification for occupant health, the first to receive this certification in the U.S. Midwest.
Power Construction Company
8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Ste 500, Chicago, IL 60631-3546
About Power Construction Company
Founded in 1926, Power Construction Company is a general construction company specializing in residential, healthcare, hospitality, office, institutional and industrial projects within Chicago And Northern Illinois. Crain’s Chicago has ranked the firm as one of the Largest General Contractors in Chicago, considering the company’s annual revenue of $1 billion and professional staff of 270, not to mention a workload in which more than 90% comes from repeat clients. Power’s projects have been the recipient of many awards, including a R+D Award, and the Modern Healthcare Gold Award.
Power Construction Company is currently building a four-story office building at 1515 West Webster Avenue. The 263,000 square-foot building is the first development planned for the former site of the historic Finkl Steel Mill. The structure is built to accommodate open and flexible offices for 1000 individuals, and is slated to open in early 2019.
333 W Wacker Dr, Ste 250, Chicago, IL 60606
About Leopardo Companies
Leopardo Companies is a Hoffman Estates-based general contractor that specializes in projects in the healthcare, interiors, retail, hospitality, office, industrial, multifamily and municipal markets. The company was established by James A. Leopardo in 1977, and his son, President and CEO Mike Leopardo, currently leads the firm. Leopardo holds a portfolio of more than 75 million square feet, with its construction valued at $6.5 billion. The firm has a staff of more than 400 industry professionals, and an annual turnover of over 400 projects. From such record, the firm has received many distinctions, including the MAC Excellence in Masonry Award, the AIA Excellence in Architecture, the ENR Top 200 Contractors in America, and the NAIOP Office Development of the Year Award.
Leopardo transformed an existing 300,000 square-foot industrial building into the new headquarters for Hillshire Brands at 400 South Jefferson Street. The re-purposing process included demolishing the building to its cast-in-place concrete skeleton, rebuilding the new exterior skin, and installing all new associated systems. The resulting building garnered the 2012 NAIOP Office Redevelopment of the Year Award.
McShane Construction Company
9500 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Ste 200, Rosemont, IL 60018
About McShane Construction Company
Founded in 1984, McShane Construction Company is a Rosemont, IL-headquartered designer-builder that specializes in the commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily sectors. The firm has been expanding southward and westward over the years, and now has offices in Alabama, Wisconsin, Arizona, and California. McShane has earned a respectable list of awards that includes the ULI Chicago Vision Award, multiple CBC Awards and numerous NAIOP Contractor of the Year Awards.
McShane is currently building a 150,000 square-foot office facility for GlenStar Properties near the O’Hare International Airport. The first 3 floors and a portion of the 4th floor of the 8-story building are dedicated to parking, while the rest is open office space. The building construction included multiple pieces of site work, including surface parking, driveways, landscaping, a pond featuring a retaining wall with glass guardrail, outdoor seating and an elegant fountain.
1330 W Fulton Market, Ste 200, Chicago, IL 60607
Founded in 1955, Skender is a Chicago-based general contracting firm that provides services in multiple markets, including hospitality, interiors, healthcare, multifamily, office, higher education, retail, senior living, and affordable housing. The firm has been recognized across the United States with its many honors, including spots on the Top US Contractors lists of ENR and Building Design+Construction, and receiving both the Coalition for United Community Action General Contractor of the Year Award, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository Interior Contractor of the Year Award.
In Schaumburg, IL, the American Society of Anesthesiologists tapped Skender to build a new corporate headquarters. The resulting construction is a brand-new 75,000 square-foot, three-story build-to-suit office building dedicated to anesthesiology. In addition to offices for the ASA, the building provides amenity spaces, a museum of anesthesiology, an extensive library, and an auditorium. The building is also forward-thinking, as it is designed to be expanded up to 100,000 square feet.
35 E Wacker Dr, Ste 1300, Chicago, IL 60601
Clayco is a full-service developer, designer and builder from St. Louis with offices in Chicago, Atlanta, and Greenville, SC. The company holds a portfolio that includes 350 iconic and complex projects from across the country,190,000,000 square feet of new construction, and 70,000,000 square feet of renovation. Clayco’s more than 2,000 employees across the country have earned the firm more than $2 billion in revenue for 2017 alone. Among its many accolades, Clayco has received a spot in ENR’s Top 400 Contractors.
Clayco was responsible for the construction of Zurich’s North American headquarters in Schaumburg. This 783,800-square-foot complex is designed to look like a stack of three simple yet solid bars, demonstrating “an image of reliability and success.” The 11-story building won the DBIA National Award of Merit in 2017, and is certified LEED Platinum.
30 S Wacker Dr, 24th Flr, Chicago IL 60606
From its origin and headquarters in Sydney, Lendlease has become a 12,740-staffed global real estate investment, development, and general contracting company with operations and offices all over Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Dutch immigrant and innovator Dick Dusseldorp formed the company in 1958 with “a vision to create a company that could successfully combine the disciplines of construction, development and investment.” Lendlease has been honored with the 3-Star Fitwell Rating and the Energy STAR Leadership in Housing Award.
Lendlease is in finishing stages of the construction of the 35-story office tower at 151 North Franklin Street. Each office floor of the 807,000 square-foot tower will offer column-free lease spans, columnless glass corners, and 9’6″ floor-to-ceiling glass. The tower will also include a professionally managed fitness center, a high-tech multi-purpose conference space, executive in-building parking, a restaurant and café, outdoor plaza, bike room, a second floor outdoor terrace and rooftop terrace. Meanwhile, its rooftop solar panels and low flow plumbing fixtures, are aimed at achieving at least LEED-NC Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
W.E. O’Neil Construction
1245 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
About W.E. O’Neil Construction
Currently led by the fourth generation of the founding family, W.E. O’Neil Construction is a general contractor first established and headquartered in Chicago in 1925. The firm has grown over the years to include firms in 8 cities across the United States. The company has a strong reputation in the construction industry, with over 80% of its work currently coming from repeat clients. Accolades W.E. O’Neil has received over the years include the Cisco Project of The Year Award, the Building Design + Construction Top 75 Retail Construction Firms, the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Development of the Year Award, the Chicago Building Congress Merit Award, and the ASA Outstanding Project of the Year Award.
O’Neil recently constructed a 17-story office building at 22 West Washington Street. The 510,000 square-foot core and shell office building is located in a densely-packed site in downtown Chicago with heavy vehicular and subway traffic, and thus required extensive vibration control.
643 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654-3608
About Pepper Construction
Stanley F. Pepper established Pepper Construction in 1927 in the midst of world-firsts and record-breakers, from Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh, to the movie The Jazz Singer. From humble beginnings in a ground-breaking world, Pepper Construction now stands as a respected and reputable general contractor in the Midwest, with an impressive portfolio of projects that includes many historically-significant buildings. Pepper has won many prestigious industry awards, including the NAHB Pillars of the Industry Award, the National AIA Design Award, and the National Brick in Architecture Award.
In Oak Brook, IL, Pepper built the new 228,000 square-foot corporate headquarters for the Chamberlain Group. The four-story building includes a main reception area with a showroom, kitchen, servery, private dining spaces, and large dining area overlooking the patio and pond, as well as a fitness center, a design center, training rooms, and conference rooms. Construction also includedsite work across the 20 acres, including a 400-car parking deck addition.
James McHugh Construction Company
1737 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
About James McHugh Construction Company
Since 1897, James McHugh Construction Company has been building some of the most complex and iconic buildings and infrastructure in Chicago and the Midwest, including Marina City, Aqua Tower, Blackstone Hotel, and the Navy Pier Centennial Wheel. Among its many accomplishments, McHugh was a recipient of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design American Architecture Awards, the ACEC Grand Award, the AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, and the SEAI Award of Merit.
McHugh recently completed the new 9-story global headquarters for McDonalds at 110 North Carpenter Street, under a lease agreement with Sterling Bay. The 600,000 square-foot complex replaced the studio and office building leased to Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. Five-sixths of the complex will be occupied by McDonalds, while the remaining space include a retail level, outdoor spaces, and a 300+ parking space facility underground.
Turner Construction Co.
55 E Monroe St, Ste 1430, Chicago, IL 60603
About Turner Construction Co.
Turner Construction Company is a New York-headquartered international general contractor established in 1905. From humble beginnings, the firm now boasts a staff of 5,200 employees spread over 57 offices around the world, and an annual global portfolio of 1,500 projects with an aggregate value of $10 billion. Turner’s Chicago office was opened in 1924 with the construction of the seven-story warehouse and office building for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, and currently has a growing portfolio of more than 1000 projects across Illinois. Among Turner’s accolades are spots on ENR’s National Top Green Buildings Contractors and Green Buildings Design Firms lists, and the AGC Build America Award.
A recent notable project completed by Turner is the ABN AMRO Plaza at 540 West Madison Street. The 29-story tower provides 1.4 million square feet of office space and two underground levels of parking. The building was honored with multiple awards, including the IIDA Design Award, Crain’s Real Estate Development of the Year, and the Midwest Construction Commercial Project of the Year.
425 California St, Ste 2200, San Francisco, CA 94104
About Clark Construction
Clark Construction has grown from a small local excavator in 1906 into one of the most capable and trusted contractors in the entire United States today. The firm is proud of having balanced its heritage as a local contractor with its reach throughout the country. With over 4,200 employees spread across its regional offices, the company has the experience and capability to tackle any project of any imaginable size, and successfully deliver them through their impeccable service. The firm has received numerous awards, including the AGC Alliant Build America Awards, the ABC Eagle Awards, the ENR Best of the Best Awards, and the DBIA Awards.
Clark recently completed the 60-story tower at 300 North LaSalle to provide 1.3 million square feet of sustainable office and mixed-use space. The building received a LEED Gold Certification due, in part, to its innovative cooling system that uses water collected from the adjacent Chicago River and from rain. During construction, Clark diverted 97% of its waste from landfills, surpassing the expectations of the City of Chicago and the U.S. Green Building Council.
929 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60607
About Clark Construction
Walsh Group is a Chicago-based and -headquartered, family-owned design-build firm that began as a small carpentry business in 1898. The company is currently led by the 4th generation of the Walsh family: Co-Chairmen Daniel J. and Matthew Walsh, and President Sean Walsh. The firm operates out of 18 regional offices across North America, employing more than 8,000 skilled tradespeople and professional staff. The firm has won a laundry list of awards, including the ACEC New York Platinum Engineering Award, the Women in Construction Award, the DBIA National Award of Merit, the Envision Platinum Sustainability Award, the DBIA National Award of Excellence, and the Brick in Architecture Award.
Walsh was responsible for both the original construction of the Blue Cross Blue Shield corporate headquarters at 300 East Randolph Street, and its subsequent vertical expansion. The tower was originally 33 stories high, and the vertical addition added 24 more stories to the building. The original structure was designed so that expansion could be done vertically and with minimal impact to the operations of the existing building.