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Kristina Paprzyca

Posts by Kristina Paprzyca

World's Largest Starbucks Opening with a Boost from Burnham

Nov 15, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Burnham Nationwide played a key role in the interior renovations of the four-story coffee shop and roastery. The world’s largest Starbucks will occupy the former Crate and Barrel, 43,000-square-foot space in the heart of the Chicago’s Mag-Mile.  Once opened, the new Starbucks Roastery and Store will offer tours, exclusive Chicago-inspired beverages, hard-to-find beans, on-site roasting and a full menu of pizza, salads and desserts. 


Studio Gang’s Vista Tower Continues to Rise on Chicago’s Lakefront

Aug 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Studio Gang’s Vista Tower (formerly Wanda Vista) surpassed a major construction milestone this summer. As of June, the supertall’s construction team completed the concrete slab for the 50th floor out of the tower’s planned 101 levels. When completed, Vista Tower will be Chicago’s third tallest building at 1,186 feet and follows Studio Gang's Aqua as the firm continues to make its mark on Chicago's skyline. 


Merchandise Mart Illumination, Largest in US, Begins Sept. 29th

Mar 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Last February, the City of Chicago designated 2017 the Year of Public Art (YOPA) and promoted a number of initiatives to bring new art throughout the city, including the second run of the Chicago Architecture Biennial from September 2017 to January 2018. As part of YOPA, the City announced a plan to illuminate the 25 story facade of the historic Merchandise Mart building earlier this year. Now completed, “Art on theMART” is the largest permanent digital display in the United States and is part of a growing list of cities utilizing digital art as part of public art initiatives.


Behind the Scenes of the Willis Tower’s $500 Million Renovation

Aug 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Chicago's Willis Tower redevelopment project is well underway, and the icon of Chicago architecture formerly known as the Sears Tower will see its first major upgrades since 1985. We previously covered the plans for the historic building and the start of work on the superstructure this year, but with permitting complete for demolition and the lower level retail phase of the project, we’d like to provide a behind the scenes look at the permit process so far for Chicago’s most famous skyscraper.image credit: Jack Young via Unsplash 


Vista Tower Cleared to Rise to Supertall Status

Jun 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Chicago’s third tallest building, Vista Tower, obtained the permit for the entirety of the build-out process for floors one through 95 last month. Though construction on the tower - also known as Wanda Vista - began last September, issuance of this permit on May 12th, 2017 cleared the remainder of the building for construction at 363 E. Wacker Drive up to its ultimate height of 1,186 feet. Burnham Nationwide is proud to assist with the permit expediting process and contribute to constructing Chicago’s newest supertall along the Chicago River. image credit: Austin Neill via Unsplash


Laying the Groundwork for the Willis Tower Redevelopment

Mar 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is slated for its first upgrades since 1985 and Burnham Nationwide is contributing our services throughout the redevelopment process. The Chicago division’s involvement is multifaceted and includes all aspects of a large redevelopment: assisting with pre-construction processes, expediting the main building permits, and filing the required permits for tenant remodeling during the redesign.


Spotlight on Chicago’s New River Point

Dec 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

River Point, the 52-story office space soon to open along the Chicago River, was recently reviewed by Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic.The article highlights some important elements of this exciting addition to the Chicago skyline and riverfront. Burnham is proud to have assisted with all phases of River Point, including helping with the tower’s substructure, the riverside plaza overbuild and the tenant build-outs. We want to call attention to some important observations in Mr. Kamin’s review.


How Burnham Supported Chicago’s Newest Riverfront Development: River Point

Jul 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Burnham Nationwide facilitated the construction of River Point’s major contribution to the Chicago River revitalization. River Point, planned to open in early 2017, is a 52 story office space overlooking the confluence of the three branches of the Chicago River. Key features of this dramatic building are its newly created 1.5-acre public riverside plaza, the largest park along the riverfront, as well as an extension of the existing riverwalk. The plaza will be landscaped with gardens containing seating areas, native plants, and public art. The new riverside plaza and riverwalk are in keeping with City of Chicago plans calling for greater public access and greenspace along the Chicago River.