United Center to build new office for Chicago Bulls

22 January 2015 (Last Updated January 22nd, 2015 18:30)

United Center has announced plans to construct a new office building in Chicago to house employees of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Levy Restaurants and United Center.

United Center has announced plans to construct a new office building in Chicago to house employees of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Levy Restaurants and United Center.

At present, staff operate out of the United Center and a new Blackhawks and Bulls retail store.

The new 190,000ft² facility is said to be part of a public and private investment in Chicago's Near West Side worth more than $400m, and is expected to create up to 300 jobs during construction.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: "The United Center is more than a great sports venue.

"It is an important economic anchor for the Near West Side and this new office building will bring even more opportunities for people who live and work in this growing neighbourhood.

"This new office building will bring even more opportunities for people who live and work in this growing neighbourhood."

"Investments like this new office building can have a multiplier effect and bring more economic development in their wake, which is why I am excited about this latest addition to the United Center and what it means for the entire community."

The building will be located at the existing United Center Parking Lot H, which sits on the east side of the United Center, on South Wood Street between Monroe and Madison.

Construction is scheduled for completion late in 2016 and the structure will include a 10,000ft² ground-level Bulls and Blackhawks retail store.

The new office will have workspaces for around 300 employees from the Bulls, Blackhawks, the United Center and Levy Restaurants.

Additional facilities include conferencing, project and meeting rooms, a common lounge, as well as features to increase collaboration and teamwork.

Lead project architect for the new building will be HOK, while McHugh Construction has been named as General Contractor.