Zurich North America Headquarters

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The new Zurich North America Headquarters was a design-build project aimed at reflecting the company’s global reach and world-class stature.

The architectural character of the 783,800-square-foot, design-build complex reinforces an image of reliability and success through its bold simplicity in form, a timeless material palette, and its commitment to sustainability. Composed of three primary “bars” that are offset and stacked, the arrangement creates unique spaces for collaboration, open views of the surrounding landscape, optimizes solar orientation for amenities, and provides programmatic flexibility not found in typical office buildings. The top “bar” of the complex soars 11 stories and cantilevers toward downtown Chicago, providing visual identity along the interstate while projecting the strength and future focus of the company.

Zurich currently employs approximately 2,500 people in Schaumburg and also has an office in downtown Chicago. The new campus aligns with Zurich’s commitment to building sustainable communities with a focus on energy and operational efficiencies, wellness and includes input from employees to create the best workspace for the future.

Design with a Purpose

Keeping It Native

Nearly 40 ACRES of open space and native landscaping with more than 70% open/softscape. Includes more than 1 acre of green roof, 637 trees and 12+ acres of native savannah plantings.

Workspace for the Future

The Zurich headquarters emphasizes a holistic, integrated approach to sustainability and aligns with Zurich’s commitment to building sustainable communities. There was 62% Energy Cost Reductions achieved with an on-site generation plant and 99% Waste Diverted during construction and demolition.

Economic Impact

This headquarters is projected to create $1.3 Billion in economic impact annually to the state of Illinois, including 1,200+ construction jobs.

Our employees of course love the fitness center, cafeteria, and outdoor terraces, but they really love that they are all connected by walking trails. Critical collaboration happens for us in the spontaneous passing moments.

Mario Greco, CEO, Zurich North America

CLIENT

Zurich North America

LOCATION

Schaumburg, Illinois

SIZE

1.6M SF (783,800 SF Office; 817,900 Garage)

KEY FACTS

  • Project Value: $200 M
  • Completion: 2016
  • Architect: Goettsch Partners
  • Interior Architect: Cannon Design
  • Delivery Type: Design-Build

AWARDS

2017 – DBIA National Award of Merit

2017 – Chicago Building Congress – Finalist

2017 Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards – Build to Suit Project of the Year

2017 – ULI Chicago Vision Awards – Finalist

INTEGRATED BY DESIGN