U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Regional Headquarters
Chicago, IL

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needed to modernize its existing facility in Chicago to better accommodate its regional operations. The project was designed under GSA's Design Excellence program and required special attention to the historic aesthetic as the building is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A major caveat to the renovation was that the upper 5 floors needed to stay operational around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upgrades to the vintage electrical systems needed to be designed for installation with minimal disruption. Security and surveillance was a major consideration.

Syska Hennessy Group took part in this tri-venture project which included Neumann Smith & Associates and HDR Architecture. We provided full MEP and vertical design services. The resulting design included many sustainable features which brought this project to its goal of LEED® - CI. Exposed concrete deck ceilings, coupled with light dimming controls, allow natural daylight to penetrate deep into the building while saving energy and creating a more pleasant environment. Raised floors allow greater flexibility for office layout and house the air distribution system as well as power, phone and data cabling cords.


235,000 sf