Jones Lang LaSalle significantly upgrading its Chicago digs

JLL, CBRE among firms investing significant capital toward upgrades
  • JLL's six floor upgrade will take 18 months and affect 1,500 employees.
  • More "huddle rooms" are being implemented within large real estate offices.
  • Large firms appear aware that they might be turning into impersonal places to work.

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Its been suggested by some brokers that working for a 100 broker-plus real estate agency can be an impersonal experience. Larger agencies are taking notice of this sentiment and investing significant capital in office renovations aimed at increasing employee collaboration in a more flexible space. At Chicago's Aon Center, Jones Lang LaSalle recently completed the two-floor, first phase of a six-floor office upgrade that when completed in spring 2017 will cover more than 200,000 square feet. “The one-size-fits-all (office) model is no longer relevant,” said Ed Nolan, SVP for workplace strategy at JLL. The two, newly re-imagined floors recently upgraded by JLL are said to be designed with more flexibility and collaboration in mind than other open-plan offices. Its "studios" feature adjustable-height desks with sound-absorbing privacy panels that move up and down with the desktop. Additionally, every desk is equipped with a monitor that raises and lowers. All ma...