The Lumen at Playhouse Square

As Cleveland experiences prosperity, new developments in the downtown area will foster that continued growth.

Apartment tower’s positive impact on the cleveland theater district

The glass façade of the new 34-story Playhouse Square apartment building will be a distinct addition to the Cleveland skyline. With 318 rental units, the new tower will spur demand for local businesses and elevate the energy within the neighborhood. The vibrant area is the second largest theater district in the nation following New York.

Situated on a one-acre site at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 17th Street, replacing the parking lot across from the Connor Palace, the tower will also have 528 parking spaces and 22,000 SF for resident amenities. The 597,000 SF project is largely composed of floor-to-ceiling glass, painted aluminum panels and exposed cast-in-place concrete, making a dynamic contribution to the Cleveland skyline. The actual design will include elements that match surrounding theaters. There will be overlapping planes forming a symbolic marquee, and a stage curtain design will be incorporated on the garage façade.

Baker Furniture Showroom Renovation


Located within the historic Merchandise Mart in the heart of downtown Chicago, this 20,000 SF complex renovation of the Baker Furniture Showroom was successfully completed on time with no impact to ongoing operations in the bustling, 4.2 million SF Merchandise Mart. Designed by Haigh Architects, this modern space represents the first new-concept showroom for Baker Interiors Group.
The new showroom showcases high-end, very detailed finishes and unique decorative elements to enhance Baker’s upscale product offering. Architectural elements include marble floorings, wood wall paneling and distinctive light fixtures.
The innovative space features distinct design concepts in each section of the showroom based on customer design preferences. The different spaces highlight Baker’s high-end products including furniture, lighting, fabric, wallpaper, fine art and rugs. All interior finishes for this project had to be completed in conjunction with Baker’s high quality standards.

Office Renovation for Confidential Client at 500 West Madison

Complex renovation projects in the 500 West Madison building in the heart of downtown Chicago

Gilbane Building Company provided general contracting services for a confidential client for their Chicago office at 500 W Madison. Gilbane completed the original buildout for the client in 2015 and was brought back in 2017 to reconfigure the entire floor for a new subtenant. Once the demising project was completed for the client, their tenant hired Gilbane to complete the renovation of their new 17,000 SF space in order to fit their needs.

Scope of work for the confidential client consisted of interior demolition, drywall partitions with security fencing above ceilings, existing acoustical ceilings and flooring rework, new door assemblies with security access, existing MEPFP system reconfiguration based on revised layout and building landlord requirements, as well as above ceiling LV conduit/junction boxes per the client’s security requirements. The tenant’s project required minor demolition to expand the existing employee breakroom and new walls to create a large conference room.  The remaining scope required rework and patching of existing walls, ceilings, flooring and MEPFP systems.

Since the project included renovation of an occupied existing space, one unique challenge was the need to match all new finishes in the tenant’s space to the existing materials including cloud/acoustical ceiling, carpet and tile. The vinyl plank flooring in the existing space was discontinued after the original project was completed in 2015. Gilbane’s project manager was able to source the material from a warehouse on the east coast to ensure a seamless and cohesive final product. The team also made sure that all technology systems in both areas were installed so there was complete separation between the two company’s systems to ensure data integrity.