Zurich North America names team to create world-class North American Headquarters
Clayco, Goettsch Partners and CannonDesign awarded contracts to develop, design and build
Schaumburg, Ill., Nov. 25, 2013 – Zurich North America announced today it has entered into agreements with Clayco, Goettsch Partners and CannonDesign for the development and design of their North American headquarters in Schaumburg, situated on 40 acres at Meacham Road and I-90.
“We want our new, state-of-the-art campus in Schaumburg to be a source of pride for both the community and our employees,” said Mike Foley, CEO of Zurich North America Commercial. “We look forward to working with this elite team of designers, architects and builders, who will help bring our vision to life.”
The new Zurich North American Headquarters is designed to reflect the company’s global reach and world-class stature. The architectural character of the 735,000-square-foot complex reinforces an image of reliability and success through its bold simplicity in form, a timeless material palette, and its commitment to sustainability. Composed of three primary “bars” that are offset and stacked, the arrangement creates unique spaces for collaboration, open views of the surrounding landscape, optimizes solar orientation for amenities, and provides programmatic flexibility not found in typical office buildings. The top “bar” of the complex soars 11 stories and cantilevers toward downtown Chicago, providing visual identity along the interstate while projecting the strength and future focus of the company.
Each firm will serve a role in developing, designing and/or building the various components of the campus. The development, design and construction of the headquarters will be led by Clayco, as developer and design-builder. The headquarters core and shell, along with the parking facility will be designed by Goettsch Partners. The interior of the headquarters will be designed by CannonDesign.
Zurich currently employs approximately 2,500 people in Schaumburg and also has an office in downtown Chicago. The new campus will align with Zurich’s commitment to building sustainable communities with a focus on energy and operational efficiencies, wellness and will include input from employees to create the best workspace for the future. To keep up to date on the developments on the headquarters go to www.zurichna.com/zna/hq.
Zurich employs about 60,000 people worldwide serving customers in more than 170 countries.
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as multinational corporations. Zurich employs about 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. The Group, formerly known as Zurich Financial Services Group, is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt program which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.
In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors. Life insurance offered in the United States is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services it offers and people Zurich employs around the world, go to www.zurichna.com/zna/aboutzurich/zna-home.htm.
Clayco is a full service, turnkey real estate development, architecture, engineering and construction firm that delivers clients around the world the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With revenue in 2012 of $872 million, Clayco specializes in “the art and science of building,” providing fast-track, efficient solutions globally for commercial, institutional, industrial and heavy civil infrastructure related building projects. For more information, visit www.claycorp.com.
ABOUT GOETTSCH PARTNERS (GP)
Goettsch Partners is an innovative architecture firm with a global perspective, emphasizing a singular design approach across offices in Chicago, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. Focused on combining exceptional design, technical expertise and unmatched service, the firm creates measurable value and environmentally responsible solutions. Services include architecture, interiors, planning and building enclosure design. Diverse projects around the world share a consistent emphasis on bringing bold design clarity to complex challenges. For more information, visit www.gpchicago.com.
CannonDesign shapes businesses, educational models and health paradigms by engaging diverse perspectives and expertise to deliver proven, innovative solutions to our most important partners, our clients. Our global network of more than a thousand professionals enable us to create design solutions to the greatest challenges facing our clients and society. www.cannondesign.com