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Chicago, Illinois, United States

BP Bright Lights

The project scope included 210,000 square feet of demolition to core and shell and reconstruction of the existing office space within the CME Center (formerly the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) to suit BP's future office and MEP needs.

BP Bright Lights

BP Products North America

Chicago, Illinois, United States


250,000 square feet

Construction Management, Cost Plus


Project outcome

A 40,000 square foot trading floor was built out to accommodate 510 trader desk locations. The project also includes a full service kitchen and "Grab-and-Go" café.

A multi-level mezzanine (structural steel frame, concrete deck) along with bridges and communicating stairs were constructed on the Trade Floor, and a fully redundant mechanical and electrical system was added to serve the space. The electrical system is a 2N+1 system utilizing an onsite energy source, with six UPSs that will provide 30 minute battery backup to all trade floor operations.

BP's incoming telecommunications feed to its new downtown facility consists of redundant high-speed Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) connections back to a primary center. There are two primary types of data communications spaces within the project: Core Satellite Equipment Rooms (SER-C) and a Satellite Equipment Rooms (SER). The project network is a converged network that supports both data and office telephony requirements. The project also incorporates a Trader Voice System.

The Audio Visual Systems (AVS) for BP Bright Lights was designed with “ease of use” and consistency in mind. The technology deployed in each space is consistent among the various types of meeting, collaboration, and common use spaces. Elements like acoustics and lighting were closely tied to the type of technology being deployed such that all devices work to their maximum potential.

BP Bright Lights achieved LEED-CI Platinum Certification.