A.J. Gallagher Corporate HeadquartersRolling Meadows, Illinois
The site and landscape design for A.J. Gallagher’s new corporate headquarters focuses on creating a high-quality campus on the 20-acre parcel within an office/technology park. A complete interior and exterior renovation of an existing 11-story building prompted the reexamination of the function of the arrival and the character of the campus. The design features a formal boulevard that leads visitors to a heavily-landscaped entry court framed by a rich variety of planting, a rear patio overlook adjacent to an improved pond, and a second-level roof garden for corporate events. The terrace is divided into two spaces with the east side providing an open flexible wood deck for large gatherings and the west side organized into a series of more intimate spaces for smaller groups. The west features a fire pit and pergola structure and a variety of seatwalls, benches, and movable furniture. The project is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.