Zurich North America Headquarters

2017 | Office Buildings | National Award of Merit

Design-Build Team Summary

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The Zurich North American Headquarters focused on a design-build approach that aligns with the company’s commitment to building sustainable communities focused on energy and operational efficiency. The headquarters formal architecture reflects Zurich’s global reach and world-class stature while also representing its core values of strength and stability. Composed with three primary offset stacked “bars”, the arrangement creates unique space for collaboration, open views of the surrounding landscape optimizes solar orientation and provides flexibility not found in typical center-core office buildings. The top “bar” of the complex soars 11 stories and cantilevers toward downtown Chicago, providing visual identity along the interstate.


The new Zurich North America Headquarters is more than an office building. Clayco was able to create a 783,800-square-foot full-scale corporate office campus complete with amenities such as a fitness and conference centers, a cafeteria, 2,600-space parking garage, outdoor terraces, athletic fields, a pavilion, and trails leading to the 9/11 Memorial. These elements ensure employees and contractors are in an environment that is efficient, inspiring, and promotes overall health and well-being.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Zurich North America
Design-Builder: Clayco, Inc.
Architects: Goettsch Partners, Cannon Design
Engineers: Halvorson and Partners, Desman, Inc.
Specialty Contractor: Thornton Tomasetti
Specialty Consultant: Forum Studio
Other Team Members: CRG, JLL Build to Suit Practice Group, icon Mechanical, Huen Electric, Hayes Industries, Inc.
Duration of Construction: 30 months