CHICAGO-Accounting firm Ernst & Young has finalized negotiations to take 203,618 square feet on floors 19 through 26 in the John Buck Co.’s new 46-story tower at 155 N. Wacker. The firm will take up occupancy in the 1.1-million-square-foot building at its completion in July 2009. With this 10-year lease, the tower, which is seeking LEED Silver certification, is 72% preleased.

“Ernst & Young felt 155 N. Wacker offered very efficient floor plans,” says Rafael Carreira, SVP and project manager with Buck. “It was the right size and the right project for them. It fit their needs for the next 10 years.”

The new tower offers an exterior arcade, garage parking for tenants, state-of-the-art conference centers and a fitness center. Construction, which began in September 2007, is being financed by a bank syndicate led by Bank of America and Helaba. The building is owned by a joint venture of the JBC Opportunity Funds II & III, Morgan Stanley’s Prime Property Fund and Brijus Properties.

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