Franklin Partners reinvents Naperville office building


    NAPERVILLE — Franklin Partners revealed redevelopment plans for The Shuman, the five-story office building at 263 Shuman Blvd. in Naperville.

    The Shuman will become a suburban destination for multiple office tenants, offering many amenities designed to build community among employees within the building. Designed with Wright Heerema Architects, the new design will deliver urban office vibes.

    Construction is underway to create a 30,000-square-foot amenity space. The “Shuman Experience” starts when walking through the front doors into a light-bathed five-story lobby. A grand staircase leads you to a number of community spaces for working, socializing and well-being, including a dining hall, in-house barista, two private meeting rooms, a dedicated game room, a golf simulator, a secure indoor area for bike storage, which includes lockers and a repair stand.

    “We have identified this unmet demand for highly social, tech-equipped workplaces in Chicago’s suburbs,” said Ray Warner, principal at Franklin Partners. “As professionals settle in the suburbs after living in the city, they’re still looking for an urban workplace — and The Shuman will deliver that amenity-rich, human-centric experience they’re craving.”

    Located off Interstate 88 and five minutes from downtown Naperville, the 350,000-square-foot building offers a range of workspace options. Franklin Partners acquired the building in a joint venture with Bixby Bridge Capital in April 2018. The Colliers International team of Francis Prock and David Florent, both principals in the firm’s Office Advisory Group, will serve as exclusive leasing agents for the renovated offices.

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