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drawing of the building at 777 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.

Going Blue

Painting the "777" building

by Patrick Dunn

From the April, 2017 issue

A handful of the beige-colored panels framing the windows of the iconic building at 777 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. have mysteriously turned gray--but that's only the beginning of a dramatic visual transformation. The gray panels are test patches of primer, applied last fall in advance of a full exterior repaint this spring that will turn the structure blue.

The building's new color scheme--the first since its construction as the "Bechtel Building" in the 1970s--accompanies an interior renovation. Both mark the delayed end of an era for the building after long-term tenant Truven Health Analytics vacated in 2015. CBRE listing agent Tim Guest explains that Truven's lease finally expired in February, opening up nearly 200,000 of the building's 279,000 square feet. Guest says owner Equity Commonwealth is seeking to "reposition" the building to attract new tenants, topped off with the return of a "777" sign atop the structure.    (end of article)

[Originally published in April, 2017.]

 



 
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