CCR Issue 9

Page 96

A NEW DAY Moore, Senior VP and Portfolio Director of the EQ Office. Moore says the space recognizes the pace of change occurring in everyone’s lives and needs to drive lifestyle and experience into the workday. With the addition of Catalog, EQ is furthering its mission to create a new Willis Tower as an urban destination that is the heart of downtown, capturing the vibrancy of the city and delivering the best experiences of life and work to residents and visitors of Chicago. One of the most intriguing design challenges facing architects was creating appeal for all of the various users of Willis Tower, from its daily workers to first-time Skydeck visitors and everyone in between. “It was extremely important for us to celebrate the building and to create a space where everybody knew that they were in Willis Tower,” Luehring says. “Planning-wise, it was all about the cross section of people and how to engage across all of the different levels. We wanted to give everybody a dedicated space for their specific functions while also creating a lot of different forms of vertical transportation and mixing zones.” Since the building remained open during the transformation, architects


Did you know? Approximately 1.7 million people visit Willis Tower every year. The building, then known as Sears Tower, opened in 1974 and was the world’s tallest building from 1974-1999. It remains the world’s tallest steel-construction building.