2021 Honor Award
Rolling Meadows, IL
As one of the most ambitious office amenity spaces ever created in the Chicago suburbs, Continental Towers is an urban and sustainable new paradigm in suburban office repositioning. Overcoming massive structural limitations, the project completely transforms a bleak and underutilized parking garage rooftop, nearly an acre in size, into a verdant, multi-use setting for open-air work, and fortuitous inter-generational employee interaction.
In the midst of a global pandemic where many are questioning the future of office development, the plaza deck at Continental Towers is a model for just what that future may look like; a space that accommodates large events and programs but is equally engaging for individuals and socially-distanced small groups. It is a space as socially vibrant as it is environmentally verdant, using a dynamic design to breathe fresh life and personality into an aging corporate campus; a reminder to other dated office developments what is possible with the principles of urban design, sustainability, and imagination.
Whitney Architects (Interior), Grund & Riesterer Architects (Waterproofing), Structural Shop (Structural), Weber Consultants (MEP), Leopardo, Wingren Landscape