American Bar Association

Chicago, Illinois

  • American Bar Association Chicago Office Elevator Lobby
  • American Bar Association Chicago Office Entrance
  • American Bar Association Chicago Office Conference and Training Room
  • American Bar Association Chicago Office Corridor
  • Conferencing and training room

Project Detail


This project involved bringing together separate ABA groups into a strategic consolidation to achieve greater internal efficiencies and foster improved communication both internally and externally, as well as a reduction of real-estate costs through shared support spaces. The project involved the architectural design and construction of new offices as well as the selection, specification and bidding of furniture and finishes.


A detailed programming analysis, including group "Visioning Sessions," of the ABA's needs was completed along with a thorough analysis and evaluation of the ABA's current offices to determine if renovating the existing space was a viable option.


Blocking and stacking diagrams and test fit space plans were completed for the evaluation of over a half dozen speculative and existing building locations. Working with the real estate consultant to develop pricing and comparative analysis information for each of the building location options was done in order to select the optimal location.


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