CHICAGO – J.C. Anderson, Inc. is pleased to announce that the firm has been selected to complete a multi-phased renovation for Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza (Merchandise Mart) in Chicago.

MMPI has hired J.C. Anderson, Inc. to complete a phased, multi-million renovation to the Merchandise Mart’s common areas. Construction will consist of J.C. Anderson, Inc. reconfiguring the layout of the existing food court to provide more seating, an abundance of natural light and new finishes The most extensive renovations to The Mart include the installation of a grand staircase in the main lobby and creating a 2nd floor bar and restaurant area served by the grand stair. The building will remain fully functional during construction.

“We are thrilled to again partner with MMPI to complete the common area renovations at The Mart,” said Michael Yazbec, president of J.C. Anderson, Inc. “Our experience in managing a myriad of projects, ranging from base building core renovations and tenant retro-fits in occupied spaces to high-end office build-outs, enables us to draw from our knowledge and resources to complete the projects on time and within the budget for our client.”

J.C. Anderson’s senior staff has completed multiple projects at the Merchandise Mart over the past 15 years including renovations to the 14th floor corridors, multiple showrooms and the 4th floor bathrooms.  Most recently, the firm completed a 50,300 square foot build-out at the Merchandise Mart for Yelp, Inc. The build-out for Yelp, completed in January 2015, included the addition of a café, conference rooms, a training room, game/entertainment space, a genius bar as well as open work areas to create a more collaborative office environment.

“With the addition of tenants such as Yelp and Motorola Mobility, The Mart has rapidly transformed into the city’s technology hub,” noted William Burfeind, vice president of J.C. Anderson, Inc. “These capital improvements to The Mart are a continuation of the building’s transformation from housing merchandise showrooms to Fortune 100 corporate and technology office tenants.”

The construction team for J.C. Anderson, Inc. is led by Burfeind and Project Executive Anthony Douglas. A+I (New York) and Valerio Dewalt Train Associates are providing the architectural services.

About J.C. Anderson, Inc.

J.C. Anderson, Inc. established in 1879 with offices in Chicago and Elmhurst, Illinois, is one of the area’s oldest and largest interior general contractors. The firm’s interior construction projects range from multi-million dollar contracts to building maintenance projects for building owners; developers; private and public corporations; property management firms; educational institutions; industrial and healthcare facilities. J.C. Anderson, Inc. maintains an average work force of 150 employees including a professional staff of degreed construction specialists and project managers, and a field team of union carpenters, tapers and laborers.