bswift Moves Chicago Headquarters to Accommodate Growth and Attract Top Talent
CHICAGO, IL — Friday, September 30th, 2011
bswift selected the space for its open floor plan, stunning views of the Chicago River and convenient West Loop location directly atop Union Station. It is close to numerous restaurants, hotels and modes of public transportation including the Chicago Water Taxi. The building is a classic 1965 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Chicago black steel skyscraper that has been recently upgraded and is LEED certified.
“We are committed to continued growth in Chicago. At bswift, our employees are as critical to our overall success as our software technology, so it is important to have a workplace environment that is not only comfortable and inviting, but also fosters innovation, teamwork and fun. We hope to attract and retain top talent in our region by moving into this premier office space,” said bswift CEO Rich Gallun. “Our new home will also help us better serve our clients and partners by offering a place that is conducive to training and collaboration.”
bswift partnered with Milwaukee-based design firm Kahler Slater to renovate the 11th floor space. Kahler Slater, which has been named one of the “25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America” by the Great Place to Work Institute for 7 years running, is a leader in designing workspaces that reflect and reinforce a company’s culture. The firm conducted visioning sessions with bswift employees before drawing up space plans for the new office. “One critical component of corporate culture is a company’s workplace—its physical environment for its treasured talent,” said Barbara Armstrong, Principal and Workplace Experience Strategist of Kahler Slater. “Yet many CEOs ignore, overlook, or just don’t get that. For bswift, it was a number one priority.”
Brian Atkinson and Nikki Kern of Jones Lang LaSalle completed the transaction on behalf of the building’s owner, Behringer Harvard. John Kinsella of Grubb & Ellis represented bswift.
“We are excited to add bswift to our tenant roster at 10 South Riverside,” said Atkinson, a Jones Lang LaSalle Vice President. “They are an up-and-coming Chicago business in a growth segment of the economy. We were able to provide a solution that allows them to offer their employees an outstanding work environment in an excellent location with room to expand in the future.”
About Kahler Slater Founded in 1908, Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater began as a regional provider of architecture and interior design services and has grown to become a global, award-winning team of Experience Designers. With three offices in the United States and Singapore, Kahler Slater is a team of creative problem-solvers who work with visionary clients seeking better experiences and environments for themselves and the people they serve. For seven years running, the company has been named one of the “25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America” by the Great Place to Work Institute. More information is available at www.kahlerslater.com.
About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $45.3 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website, www.joneslanglasalle.com.
bswift is changing the world of benefits administration by combining deep expertise and a passion for technological innovation with a unique consumer-driven approach. Partnering with enterprises nationwide and serving millions of employees, bswift offers cloud-based technology and services for online enrollment, interactive decision support, ACA compliance reporting and employee engagement. bswift also provides access to consumerism, product and consulting solutions needed to build a benefits program specialized for both employers and employees alike. For more information about bswift, an Aetna company, visit www.bswift.com.
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