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Skender Construction, Harley Ellis Devereaux complete buildout for ACCO Brands

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Skender Construction has completed the buildout of 189,000 square feet of office space for ACCO Brands, a supplier of branded office products, at Four Corporate Drive in Lake Zurich.

Skender Construction has completed the buildout of 189,000 square feet of office space for ACCO Brands, a supplier of branded office products, at Four Corporate Drive in Lake Zurich.

Harley Ellis Devereaux served as the architect and Cushman & Wakefield was the real estate broker and owners’ representative on the project. ESD was the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer.

ACCO was moving its 450 employees from the Lincolnshire office it had occupied for 17 years. ACCO has grown significantly over the years by acquiring other companies. Therefore, the company’s executives wanted to build a space that enhanced process adjacencies, while encouraging “casual collisions” between employees who are working on different projects or in different divisions, creating an open office space over several floors of the 1980s office building in the Kemper Lakes office park. The project was completed on an accelerated schedule of just 20 weeks, with about 25 percent of the project completed early for an ACCO requested beneficial occupancy.

“The new office is really transformational for our company,” said Michael Molinaro, ACCO Brands vice president of strategic initiatives. “We’re really encouraging spontaneous, informal business conversations and interactions. We were impressed that such a complicated project was completed in such a short time frame.”