Properties Magazine May 2017 : Page 23

Open to Change Infinity Construction completes multiple renovation projects at 200 Public Square By Doug Bardwell | Photos by Scott Pease L ast year was a busy one for Downtown Cleveland with the Cavs championship and parade, the Republican National Convention, and the Indians in the World Series. It was also a hectic one for 200 Public Square with 12 construction projects underway in the midst of all that action. At the forefront was Infinity Construction, completing the renovation of 200 Public Square’s Atrium, the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and offices for New York Life. The renovation of the atrium was the culmination of three years of study-ing and planning by Ron Reed with DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky. Ruth’s Chris comes to the Cleveland market with design from Innovation & Design in Architecture (IDA) of Long Beach, California. Three floors compris-ing 107,000 square feet of new offices for New York Life were designed by Vocon, involving their Cleveland office. right to renovate the Atrium in early 2013 and invited four design firms to compete for the project. Of the com-petitors, Ron Reed succeeded in landing the $900,000 project to both redo the Atrium and the monumental signage on Public Square. When Standard Oil originally built the building, they created a magnifi-cent winter-garden-like, green space for the City of Cleveland. Now, however, the building is no longer a single-ten-ant, headquarters property, but rather a multi-tenant office complex with many unique needs. As beautiful and as grand as it was, it was more a promenade than a place where many people could gather, and it didn’t lend itself to how people use commercial space today. Many iterations were discussed and evaluated before they settled on today’s plan, and even that had to change when Ruth’s Chris decided to expand into the open space. Ronald Reed FAIA, principal with DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, explains that even before Public Square was remodeled, the vision was to treat the atrium as a fifth quadrant of the Square. However, the point of inspira-www.propertiesmag.com 23 Updating the atrium Harbor Group International, owners of 200 Public Square, felt the time was

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