DRW Trading Group
Chicago, IL

Develop and implement a strategic real estate plan that will enable DRW to double the size of their office facility and be up-and-running in under one (1) year.Locate buildings on and off the market that could handle the necessary power and infrastructure requirements of a 400+ employee trading operationRelocate to a facility with connections to 3 Com-Ed Substations, 2 KW Generator, Supplemental Cooling units, and redundant fiber connections throughout the building.Maintain no business interruption.

Completed an exhaustive search of all potential direct, sublease and build to suit opportunitiesNegotiated with new buildings (I.E. 155 N. Wacker), off market opportunities (540 West Madison), and Build-to-Suit opportunities that could potentially handle the power and infrastructure requirements of DRWWorked constructively with engineering firms to test fit all shortlisted buildings.

Benefits Achieved:
Determined 540 W. Madison met all power and infrastructure requirements. Project was delivered on time and within budget. Relocated 400+ employees in a 3-phase move over 12 weeks.Negotiated the first transaction in this building after Bank of America bought ABN Amro. Building was a single user occupied (ABN Amro) prior to this transaction. Negotiated that DRW could take 125,000 RSF or 3 full floors.

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