Willis Tower art
Location

233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 8 2019 - 5:30 PM

Event Details

SPIRE members and guests were treated to a reception and a wonderful introduction and tour of the Willis Tower renovation with EQ Office.

Sears Tower opened to the public in 1973 as the world’s tallest building. In 2009, it was officially renamed as Willis Tower and it was purchased in 2015 by Blackstone for $1.3 billion. Plans for a massive overhaul began in 2017 expected to cost $500 million, according to Crain’s. Redevelopment plans are now fully underway to include 150,000 square feet of tenant exclusive amenities, revamped Wacker and Franklin lobbies, a publicly-accessible 30,000 square foot landscaped roof garden, more than 300,000 square feet of new retail and base building modernization including full redesign of vertical transportation.

David Moore is Senior Vice President, Portfolio Director for EQ Office’s Chicago market and leads a team on the strategic direction, project execution and value creation efforts for the Chicago office building portfolio. David; Jim Anderson, VP of Marketing; Kirsten Hull, VP of Development and Caitlin Biere, Marketing Coordinator; were the ultimate hosts for this incredible event. David provided us with an overview of the massive Willis Tower project and led us on a tour that included amenity space, the marketing floor and some of the retail space. The entire EQ team was incredibly gracious and generous with their time, conversing with the group and answering all of our questions.

Chicago is known for its public art and we were excited to see, and hear from David and Jim about, the stunning piece by Jacob Hashimoto which was designed specifically for the Willis Tower Wacker entrance lobby entitled In the Heart of the Infinite Particle of Galactic Dust, 2019. The work features over 7,000 individual kite-like disks made of paper and resin, which Hashimoto strategically positioned to create the effect of a faceted cloud-like mass reflecting the Chicago sky. It is spectacular and you can read more about it here.

We began and ended the tour with a reception in the beautiful amenity space called the Tower House Lounge Steel Room on the 33rd floor. Everyone felt quite welcomed by the EQ Office team and we were wowwed by the work in progress and impressive plans for the renovation. After getting just a taste of what is to come, we're all eager to return to see the finished spaces and enjoy the shops, restaurants and spa services.

You can read more about the work that EQ Office is doing at Willis Tower here.

More about David Moore

As SVP-Portfolio Director, David Moore leads a team on the strategic direction, project execution, and value creation efforts for the Chicago office building portfolio.

Prior to joining EQ, David was a Director at Hines and was responsible for conceptualizing, financing, and executing on acquisition and development investment opportunities. During his time with Hines, David was involved with ground-up development work covering over $2.2b of capitalization, including 3.2m sq. ft. of commercial office space, 1.0m sq. ft. of residential development, and over 1,200 residential rental units. Before Hines, David held positions at Henry Crown and Company, a family private equity office, and at Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment banking firm. David also started his own company, Red Room Ventures, a specialty outdoor media company.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Illinois and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.