Richard Cullen, a partner in the firm and its
chairman from 2006 to 2017, didn’t want to
abandon the city. But the clock was ticking.
The project teams had less than three years
from start to finish.
Clayco identified a site with commanding
views across from the firm’s old building, then
worked with city officials on necessary traffic
adjustments. Despite the tight time frame,
the project never felt rushed, says McGuireWoods executive director Robert J. Couture.
Couture spent an entire day roaming New
York’s skyscrapers with Clayco’s Clark, in
search of the perfect windows.
Efficient design helped McGuire Woods
get more use from fewer square feet, keeping
costs on par with the old building. The shim-
mering, $120 million Gateway Plaza on East
Canal Street was finished in time for
McGuire Woods to occupy as the primary
tenant in 2015.
For its new Chicago-area headquarters, insurance giant Zurich North America wanted a
physical space that would promote creativity
and collaboration among 3,000 office workers previously stacked in two 20-story towers.
Clayco’s solution is a dramatic new building
featuring three horizontal bars bathing interior
spaces with natural light. Fewer, wider floors
mean more employees work side by side.
Light-filled atriums and wide staircases encourage spontaneous interactions.
“It creates a much more open environ-
ment when people can meet that way rather
than being separated by elevators,” says
Dennis Kerrigan, Zurich’s chief legal officer.
A top priority was environmental sustainability. From construction through today,
99% of waste materials have been recycled,
while an on-site co-generation plant cuts
energy costs by 62%. These and other
efforts earned the building LEED Platinum
status—the highest rating from the U.S.
Green Building Council.
For a company, sustainability also means
a building that can change and grow as its
needs evolve. Clayco records every process
and component into a digital database,
which provides an invaluable record years
later. “It’s easy to pick up where the building
left off and make modifications,” Clark says.
It’s another way a great building can inspire
greatness in its occupants for generations
“We are a single-source solution that
provides real estate, design and
technology, architecture, and
construction at a very high level,” says
Clayco founder and CEO Bob Clark.
Top: Reps from Clayco and
McGuire Woods spent a day
looking at NYC skyscrapers
to find the right windows for
the firm’s new Richmond,
This story was created with and commissioned by Clayco.
Bottom: For Pfizer’s R&D
center, Clayco is building
a “continuous laboratory”
with adjustable walls and