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CRE Future Leaders: Sophie Bidek

CRE Future Leaders: Sophie Bidek

As part of our series, CRE Future Leaders, we caught up Sophie Bidek, partner at Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Bidek specializes in the architectural design of mixed-use, adaptive-reuse and residential projects. Her portfolio of notable projects includes the 1.1-million-square-foot Harper Court redevelopment in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the 27-story, upscale condo Superior 110 tower in River North and No. 9 Walton, an ultra-luxury condominium development in Streeterville.

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Peapod unveils new Chicago headquarters

Peapod unveils new Chicago headquarters

Online grocery company Peapod officially opened the doors of its new headquarters in Chicago at 300 S. Riverside Plaza. All of Peapod’s corporate employees have transferred from the firm’s former headquarters in Skokie, Illinois to the new space in Chicago. Peapod first announced the planned relocation this past fall and the new headquarters will support the company’s growth, allowing Peapod to attract the best and brightest talent.

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Skender breaks ground on new laboratory at Loyola University Chicago

Skender breaks ground on new laboratory at Loyola University Chicago

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has broken ground on Loyola University Chicago’s new 10,000-square-foot engineering science flex laboratory located near the intersection of North Broadway and Sheridan Road. The mission of the new single-story building is to provide open space, movable furniture and equipment and a collaborative environment for the engineering science program’s active learning framework. The state-of-the-art facility will innovate how the university utilizes available space.

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DLR Group moves up four floors at 333 W. Wacker

DLR Group moves up four floors at 333 W. Wacker

To accommodate recent growth in Chicago, DLR Group recently moved its 51 design professionals from a 5,500-square-foot fourth floor space at 333 W. Wacker Drive to a new, 10,700-square-foot office in Suite 850. The modern, flexible space features 65 workstations, hoteling stations, four conference rooms, multiple collaboration spaces and an expansive galley and teaming area.

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Christine Torres;WiredScore

WiredScore expands into Chicago with hire of former Colliers VP Christine Torres

WiredScore, a New York-based company that rates systems for technological capacity in commercial buildings, announced that Christine Torres, formerly a vice president at Colliers International, has joined the company as head of WiredScore Chicago. WiredScore has expanded its Wired Certification platform to six countries and has chosen to invest in Chicago as a flagship city to address the local demand for the technology benchmark.

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Elena Daniel;CenterPoint Properties

CenterPoint names Elena Daniel to vice president

CenterPoint Properties announced the appointment of Elena Daniel as vice president ESG and corporate affairs. In the newly created role, Daniel will oversee all environmental, social and governance (ESG) and corporate affairs matters. As part of her responsibilities, she will administer the responsible contractor program (RCP) on union and labor participation in development and construction projects. Daniel will also lead CenterPoint’s energy optimization, “green” and corporate affairs initiatives.

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The Real Estate Center at DePaul to host conference on adaptive reuse

The Real Estate Center at DePaul to host conference on adaptive reuse

The Real Estate Center at DePaul University will host its annual Spring Conference on Thursday, June 14. The title of the program, which will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, is: Adaptive Reuse: Creating Strategies for Financing, Investing and Development. It is a follow-up to the fall program that was titled: When Tenants Take a Fall: The Adaptive Reuse of Vacant or Underperforming Real Estate.

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Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Anchors away: Are these malls in danger?

Ever since the mid to late 20th Century when modern malls were first developed, anchor tenants have controlled much about how these retail centers operate. Leveraging the foot traffic that they draw in, for example, anchors have historically enjoyed nominal rents that are a fraction of the per-square-footage rate that smaller, in-line tenants pay.

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Bruce Hopple;Avison Young

Bruce Hopple joins Avison Young in Chicago

Avison Young announced the strategic hiring of highly regarded commercial real estate industry veteran Bruce Hopple as a senior vice president in Avison Young’s Chicago office. He will join the tenant representation team, focusing on new business development and transaction advisory services for professional service firms, not-for-profits and local and national corporations.