Bergland Construction, the primary general contractor for extensive interior renovations of 37 floors for the State of Illinois, chose Anderson Lock as the sub-contractor for doors, frames and security door hardware. Revitalizing the historic 510-foot tall skyscraper, completed in 1974, required a massive overhaul to suit the needs of modern government offices.

The 115 South LaSalle Street office complex is located in the heart of Chicago’s financial core at the intersection of LaSalle and Monroe streets, and is set back from the property line of Monroe Street to allow a small plaza and fountain.

The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC), originally the State of Illinois Center, designed by architect Helmut Jahn, was purchased by Google. The multi-national technology company expects to move in 2026, after completing $280 million in renovations. In 2022, state government offices were relocated from JRTC, to less costly quarters nearby.

The massive interior transformation of the iconic 115 S. LaSalle building, previously known as the Harris Bank Building, into a modern and vibrant space, is led by Berglund. It encompasses a wide array of improvements, that started with the upgrade of elevator and escalator systems. Mechanical systems were overhauled to enhance energy efficiency and optimize the comfort of occupants. Low voltage systems were upgraded to support the latest technological advancements. This ambitious undertaking is in collaboration with the State of Illinois, Prime Group, and Perkins + Will.

Anderson Lock’s Project Manager, Andrew Guinane, also served as estimator, with Ian Mack helping with field measuring. Because all the floors have specific and different needs, there weren’t any specifications. Andrew and Ian have walked the building several times, floor by floor, to develop what was needed for the project, including a plan for a retrofit for existing unit locks. The project started in early 2023 and is ongoing.