Skender Completes Construction Of Avant Headquarters In Merchandise Mart

Skender recently completed construction on the new 81,000-square-foot Avant headquarters in the Merchandise Mart. The financial technology company’s office features open workstations, multiple cafés, and a mix of collaboration, conferencing and focus spaces, including a large hub / town hall area. The new workspace doubles Avant’s presence in Chicago and provides for flexibility and growth.

Following an aggressive 16-week schedule, Skender completed the project on time and under budget. Avant relocated from 222 N LaSalle St. and began operating from the new headquarters in January 2023.

The project team included CBRE as tenant representative, Gensler as architect, Syska Hennessy Group as engineer and Skender as general contractor. In the past decade, Skender has built out and renovated approximately 2 million square feet of workspace at theMart and is currently working with owner Vornado Realty Trust on the iconic property’s ambitious repositioning initiative.

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