Hub Group Corporate Headquarters
Oak Brook, Illinois
Morgan Harbour Construction, Hub Group, Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Hub Group, North America’s largest intermodal marketing company, engaged Wolff Landscape Architecture (WLA) for the site and landscape development of their new 130,000 SF corporate headquarters site in Oak Brook. The 17-acre site, located in the I-88 Tech Corridor, is the site of a new four-story building that supports the company’s business objectives and operations and reflects Hub Group’s corporate culture, image, brand, and commitment to sustainability. Hub Group relocated more than 500 employees from leased offices in nearby Downers Grove.
The existing site has unique features and is developed in two distinct zones. The east portion, site of the new bulding, sits on upland fronting busy York Road, which gives it good public visibility. West of this is a steep bluff with many mature oaks and other shade trees. West of the bluff is the flat floodplain of Salt Creek, subject to flooding and suitable only for parking, detention, and natural areas.
The new headquarters is adjacent to and visible from York Road. From the street, passers-by will see the elegant glass and steel structure above a manicured lawn, framed by two large landscape beds containing new trees, existing mature trees, and understory planting of native plants. On the building’s entry side is a unique ellipse-shaped driveway and drop-off, in the center of which is a bermed landscape island with trees and other native plantings. This is both the visitor and employee entry. Parking areas use bioswales to convey and clean stormwater runoff, and are planted with native plants tolerant of parking lot runoff. The bluff and the beautiful mature oaks were protected, and access enhanced with an outdoor employee space nestled between the trees. The floodplain includes landscaped detention areas and a two-acre prairie restoration, with walking paths through and around the entire site to accommodate exercise and interaction with nature. Additional parking is located in the floodplain. The project achieved LEED Gold certification and construction was completed in 2013.