Office N Illinois

Naperville office building has new name, new look

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After hinting at their plans in July, Franklin Partners has finally unveiled its redevelopment plans for The Shuman, the five-story office building at 263 Shuman Boulevard in Naperville, Illinois. The Shuman will become a suburban destination for multiple office tenants, offering extensive amenities designed to build community among building employees. Brought to life with Wright Heerema Architects, the new design will deliver urban office vibes.

“We have identified this unmet demand for highly social, tech-equipped workplaces in Chicago’s suburbs,” said Ray Warner, principal, Franklin Partners. “As professionals settle in the suburbs after living in the city, they’re still looking for an urban workplace—and The Shuman will deliver that amenity-rich, human-centric experience they’re craving.”

Construction is underway to create a 30,000-square-foot amenity space in the former OfficeMax headquarters. After walking through the front doors into a light-bathed, five-story lobby, visitors will experience features such as a dining hall, in-house barista, dedicated game room and a bike room that offers a convenient, secure area for cyclists and their equipment. In addition to many open, collaborative spaces, tenants will have access to two state-of-the-art private meeting rooms—a larger room seating up to 100 individuals and a casual living room that seats up to 15 comfortably.

“Our team is excited to deliver this carefully curated space to enhance the employee experience for future tenants of The Shuman,” said Roger Heerema, principal, Wright Heerema Architects.

Conveniently located off I-88 and just five minutes from downtown Naperville, the 350,000-square-foot building offers a range of workspace options. Franklin Partners acquired the building in a joint venture with Bixby Bridge Capital in April 2018. The Colliers International team of Francis Prock and David Florent, both principals in the firm’s office advisory group, will serve as exclusive leasing agents for the renovated offices.