Two law firms spend $25 million on Canal Street building tenant fit-ups

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Two building permits issued recently associated with the BMO Tower, otherwise described by its address 320 S. Canal St. adjacent to Union Station, show the scale and scope of the project — and indicate how big city lawyers can spend more than $25 million on their office set-up in the West Loop.

In the first, a permit valued at $11,173,565 was issued on July 7 for a law office tenant build-out to office floors 30 to 32. “Work to include new partitions, finishes, operable partitions, lighting, electrical, receptacles, mechanical, and plumbing. No structural work.”

The owner/occupant is listed as Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, which describes itself as “a full-service law firm handling complex transactions, litigation and regulatory work for multinational businesses.”

The general contractor is M.A Mortenson Company from Minneapolis. Key subtrades include: Electrical – Titan Electric LLC.; plumber/plumbing – Ewing-Doherty Mechanical, Inc. and ventilation – The Hill Group.

A second permit valued at $14 million was issued on the same day for work on the building’s 25th to 27th floors as a “first time office tenant build out in existing office building for single office tenant.”

This tenant is Chapman and Cutler LLP, a law firm that focuses on finance.

The work is for “partial 25th floor and full 26th and 27th floors,” the building permit says. “Exit access stair from the 25th to 26th floor and separated convenience stair from the 26th to 27th floor, as per plans.”

Skender Construction LLC is the general contractor. Key subtrades include: Electrical -Maron Electric Company; plumber/plumbing – Great Lakes Plumbing and Heating; and refrigeration and mechanical – Advance Mechanical.

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