CHICAGO, IL — Joel Berger and Craig Nadborne, Senior Managing Directors at Bradford Allen, represented Restoration Builders in the relocation and expansion of the repair and restoration company’s Midwest corporate office. Previously located in Elmhurst, Restoration Builders will now office out of a 10,000-square-foot space at 263 Shuman Boulevard in Naperville, Illinois.
Known as The Shuman, the recently redeveloped 350,000-square-foot office building delivers an urban vibe to the suburban office landscape, promising tenants the most comprehensive workplace experience outside of the Chicago CBD. Kellen Monti of JLL represented the building in the sublease of the space.
“We were thrilled to help place Restoration Builders in such a terrific, modern space. The relocation is a great example of what we’re seeing more and more—companies searching out amenity-laden spaces in Class A buildings to entice workers back to the office full time. The Shuman offers an environment that gets tenants excited about coming to work,” said Berger.
The downtown Chicago office market started 2016 off with a flurry of strong activity. Large deal transactions included CNA’s announcement of its relocation to 151 North Franklin for 227,0000 square feet and Cars.com’s transaction to move into 158,000 square feet at 300 S Riverside.
The vacancy rate dropped to 12.0% thanks to over 230,000 square feet of positive absorption. The East Loop contributed the most to this number, with Clark Hill and McDermott, Will & Emery both moving into Prudential Plaza for a total of over 120,000 square feet.
Rental rates remained steady with the direct gross average asking rate ending the quarter at $36.40. A four percent growth year-over-year.
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The Suburban office market continued to improve going into the 3Q of 2015. The vacancy rate decreased from 18.9% to 17.8% and the availability rate decreased from 24.4% to 22.3% year over year, respectively. While YTD net absorption is essentially flat at negative 27,182 SF thru the mid-year, it is significantly better than the negative 518,096 thru mid-year 2014. Overall these statistics indicate that the suburban market is becoming healthier and more dynamic.
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