JLL Project and Development Services (PDS) team took home “Project of the Year” honors for their work with UI LABS and the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute at CoreNet’s REAL Awards Ceremony held in late November.
CoreNet’s annual REAL Awards program recognizes corporate real estate professionals and teams who inspire, transform and drive progress. This particular award honors a project in the Chicagoland area that demonstrates innovation in design, use of real estate, functionality, and/or technology that has supported the organization’s mission and contributed to its successful position in its market.
The JLL/PDS team was judged by a panel of corporate real estate end user judges from some of the world’s top corporations as exceeding all other nominations with their innovative work and use of real estate for UI LABS.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (center), Gov. Bruce Rauner, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (far right) view machinery at the opening of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute on Goose Island on May 10, 2015. | Christian K. Lee/For Sun-Times Media
Located on Chicago’s Goose Island, UI LABS solves large-scale societal challenges by forming industry-driven consortia to close the gap between innovation and commercialization. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization labs to generate ROI for partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.
Their first Lab, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), is part of President Barack Obama’s National Network of Innovation Institutes. DMDII’s mission is to transform American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Through applied research, demonstration projects, training, workforce development, education and outreach, DMDII will infuse advanced digital technologies and big data into today’s manufacturing practices to ensure America remains on the cutting edge – creating new jobs and strengthening the economy.
“With this, the City of Chicago is at the epicenter of advanced manufacturing,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the opening ceremonies of the UI LABS facility.
JLL provided a range of real estate services for the project, including brokerage (led by Jack Keenan), project management (led by Chris Brooks) and economic incentives (led by Meredith O'Connor). Skidmore, Owings & Merrill served as architect and Clune Construction served as general contractor.
To learn more about JLL Project and Development Services, go here.