Take A Tour Of Cresa's Chicago HQ By Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Cresa’s new headquarters’ design was focused on two central concepts: hospitality and choice.


Project Overview:

  • Design Firm: Lamar Johnson Collaborative
  • Client: Cresa
  • Completion Date: August 15, 2022
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Size: 21,160 square feet
  • Population: about 50 people

The Cresa Chicago HQ project at 167 North Green Street by Lamar Johnson Collaborative consolidated Cresa’s new, global headquarters with the firm’s local Chicago office (which relocated from the West Loop) to new space in the Fulton Market district of Chicago.

The space was designed as a showplace and “test lab” for workplace planning concepts and allows Cresa to test out new ideas in real time, while at the same time, show clients and visitors alike how workplace planning can impact employee work and productivity.

Cresa HQ Meeting Space

Project Planning

Cresa’s new headquarters’ design focused on two central concepts: hospitality and choice. With attention to hospitality, the design team created a space that draws people in and creates a welcoming and comfortable place to work. The space also is used as event space for clients, partners, and friends.

In terms of choice, the goal was to provide Cresa employees with a variety of workspaces and environments to choose from, spaces where they felt they could best get their work done each day. The new layout includes a variety of workstation types that provide groupings for teams as well as private individual workstations, including a traditional private office. Several heads down phone rooms were also included for private work, and a variety of meeting and collaboration spaces to support team meetings of various sizes. All huddle rooms were designed to support video meetings and are each equipped with technology such as Teams, Zoom, Meetup, Cisco, etc. Further, spaces were designed to meet the needs of people who have become accustomed to working outside of a typical office environment. There is space for those who prefer to work at a kitchen table, a couch with the TV on, or even a café or local coffee shop.

The Cresa project team for the assignment included CEO Tod Lickerman, Managing Principal (Chicago) Al Rogoway, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Chicago Office Manager Lani Aragon, and Head of the Workplace Strategy and Project Management practice in Chicago Eric Nolin. The group represented workforces for both the headquarters team/C-Suite and the Chicago brokerage and consulting practices. Together the group managed the design and construction process from start to finish.

Cresa HQ Office Space

Overall Project Results

The result is a warm, inviting office located in an amenity rich building in the hottest neighborhood in Chicago and employees are appreciating the benefits. Since opening, Cresa has grown their team and many of new hires have specifically pointed out the new space as one of the major factors in their decision to join. New employees note how the new office space clearly demonstrates the importance and value Cresa has placed on employees’ workday comfort and how it illustrates the positive trajectory of the company. Existing employees have also indicated that they look forward to coming to the office and have increased their time at work.

In addition, Cresa has been able to effectively capitalize on the hospitality space for internal team meetings, special events and happy hours while many of clients have hosted their own special events/meetings in the space. These events have had a positive impact on the marketplace as they continue to bring guests in to see the successful design in action.


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