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The Urban Village at 2+U in Seattle, Washington
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BG Group Place in Houston, Texas
The green roof at 609 Main in Houston, Texas

Real Estate Value Creation

Pickard Chilton offers the innate ability to utilize creative thinking and design as an agent for realizing our client’s business objectives while maximizing their investment. We offer a depth of practice as well as a unique familiarity with the inherent value of creating a distinguished and elegant work of architecture that fosters innovation, collaboration, and engagement and advances our client’s ability to attract, recruit, and engage the best and brightest talent.

Understanding the significant costs of recruiting, engaging, and retaining their workforces, Fortune 500 companies nationwide have engaged Pickard Chilton to support them in consolidating disparate office locations to create new work environments that have come to serve as true strategic advantages. Proportionally modest in comparison to investments in their workforce, these investments in new consolidated workplaces have been shown to yield exponential return as a result of improved employee satisfaction, efficiencies, and increased productivity, reduced attrition, and reduced absences.

When sold, commercial office buildings designed by Pickard Chilton have broken historical sales records in six US cities by an average of 23%. This sales success is combined with leases commanding among the highest rates in their markets. Most recently, the sale of 2+U in Seattle, Washington, was the largest single-property real estate transaction in the United States in 2020.

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The workplace is changing. However, the origins of the changes we are now seeing in workplace design and strategy are fundamental, and actually predate the pandemic. Regardless of industry, the use of the workplace to attract and retain the best talent has been driving this movement across the country and the globe for many years. For companies to compete at the highest level, they need the best and brightest employees to support their vision and goals.

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During the COVID-19 global pandemic, buildings faced an unprecedented need for access to fresh air. We developed a solution allowing tenants to install air porches for a private outdoor experience

MILWAUKEE - Downtown Milwaukee is getting a $500 million upgrade. Northwestern Mutual is closing its office space in Franklin and redeveloping its North Office Building on E. Mason Street in downtown Milwaukee. 

Company leaders said this investment will transform the company and downtown.

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2+U is a Class-A office tower, envisioned as a first-of-its-kind urban Village, located in one of the most strategic locations in downtown Seattle.

The design of Block IV enhances the environment, livability, and accessibility of the Takanawa Gateway City through its smooth and direct connection to the flow of the master plan. Altogether, the composition of the towers, podium, public spaces, and New Station will set a new global standard in urban place-making. The project will be a symbolic threshold to Shinagawa embodying energy, excitement, and a spirit of innovation worthy of a new landmark for Tokyo.

The Block IV design for Takanawa Gateway City represents a development of over 450,000 square meters within two 30-story towers connected by a seven-story podium. The complex is not simply a building, but a community that in­corporates an extraordinary diversity of uses and activities, including office, hotel, conference facilities, roof-top amen­ity and event space, retail, and dining functions. Reflecting the Shinagawa Archipelago Design Concept and Code, three principles underpin the design of Block IV: creating a sym­bolic identity, maintaining human scale, and enhancing the environment. The pedestrian-oriented Promenade on level 2, which extends the length of the development, is the or­ganizing framework for the design of Block IV. The flowing Promenade directly inspires the sense of flow and dynam­ic movement represented in the architectural design of the Block IV tower and podium.

Like a green hillside that meets the shore’s edge, the green-planted terraces of the Block IV podium design are shaped by the flow of the promenade, with curving forms that respond to the movement of people through the site and recall the history of the site as the shoreline of Tokyo Bay. Generously landscaped terraces create publicly accessible outdoor space at multiple levels within the project, and over 4,000 square meters of vertical greenery attached to the walls will create a unique visual connection between interior and exterior. The podium design uses materials with a warm tone and natural appearance to modulate the large scale of the project and to closely harmonize with the design of the New Station. The choice of materials, tones, and textures are a subtle reinterpretation of elements of traditional Japanese design that together create a unique and cohesive identity for Takanawa Gateway City.

Prominently located on a major gateway into downtown Dallas at the southeast corner of Field Street and the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, the Field Street Tower is a 38-story next-generation office tower offering a premiere corporate address in the highest growth area of Dallas.

The exterior view of BG Group Place located in Houston, Texas.

The BG Group Place is a ten-story podium of stores and restaurants that contribute to street-level vibrancy along with a sky-garden at the 39th floor. 

The Pinnacle at Symphony Place consists of twenty-six stories, with the timeless design of classic skyscrapers, and respect for the neighborhood’s intimate scale.

24th at Camelback II is the second phase of a mixed-use development featuring sweeping horizontal reflective glass planes, powerful geometry, and meticulous architectural detailing. 

300 North LaSalle presides over a half-acre, sunlit, riverfront public garden, with landscaped terraces cascading to the Chicago River


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