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Walgreens Old Post Office

Creating a Chicago-inspired design for workspace, retail, and training in the historic Old Chicago Post Office

  • 200K

    Square Feet

  • Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago, Illinois

Creating diverse work neighborhoods for a major retailer within a landmark building

Vacant since the late 1990s, the historic Old Chicago Post Office is undergoing revitalization. To centralize its downtown operations, Walgreens chose to be the first significant tenant of the refreshed landmark. Stantec was called upon to design an office space, training center, retail store, and private building entry for the retailer.

We led the architecture, integrated buildings engineering, and interior design services on the renovation and rehabilitation. Our goal was to create a city-scale environment based on the idea of a city plan. Within the workplace, communal spaces are at the core, forming a city center. Stemming from the city center are zones for groups of individual workstations and amenities, which form neighborhoods. Town centers bookend the neighborhoods and consist of huddle rooms, break areas, and smaller conference rooms. On the more public first floor, courses are hosted to celebrate the legacy and future of Walgreens. Our design of an Innovation Hall supports flexibility with simple display niches where content changes regularly, which engages people entering the building's lobby.

The new workspace serves as Walgreens’ technology hub and will ultimately host an estimated 1,800 employees. In collaboration with our client's leadership and in-house design group, we created a vision of health and well-being in the new space.

At a Glance

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Awards
Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Awards, Merit Award
International Interior Design Association Illinois Chapter RED Awards
2022 Chicago Building Congress Interior Build-Out Merit Award
Meet Our Team

Donna Becco-schroeder, Principal

I approach architecture and interior design in an occupant-driven way, carefully balancing and fulfilling user needs.

Bill Chomic, Associate, Electrical Team Leader

We engineer energy efficient systems to support the building’s function while leaving a comfortable and safe environment.
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Basel Jurdy, Principal, Discipline Lead - Acoustics & Vibration

Acoustic design creates an auditory signature that marries architecture with function―invoking a sensory experience and emotional response that connects people to place.
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Marie Kruse, Associate, Architect

As architects, we welcome the challenge of creating the best design solutions to benefit our clients, the community, and the environment.

Lauren MacLeod, Principal, Lighting Design

Who hasn’t sat in awe of light reflecting on water or filtering through trees? Light inspires us. It creates life and stimulates the spirit.

Casimir Zalewski, Principal

It is my goal to tailor a system that is reliable, maintainable, and efficient that folds into the architecture of the project.

Donna Becco-schroeder

Principal

Bill Chomic

Associate, Electrical Team Leader

Basel Jurdy

Principal, Discipline Lead - Acoustics & Vibration

Marie Kruse

Associate, Architect

Lauren MacLeod

Principal, Lighting Design

Casimir Zalewski

Principal

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