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CHICAGO-The world’s largest public library building will be managed by U.S. Equities Realty, which returns to the 756,000-sf Harold Washington Library Center 10 years after being involved in its design and $145-million construction. The 10-story building at Dearborn and Van Buren streets in the South Loop, which includes a skylight winter garden and restaurant, won Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence in 1998.

Meanwhile, HSA Commercial Real Estate had its contract to manage 650,000-sf of distribution center space renewed by the Chicago Tribune, which is looking to lease some of that space as well.

“We are acutely aware of the library’s operational needs and believe our hands-on involvement will be a great asset to this highly regarded Chicago facility,” says U.S. Equities executive vice president for asset management Katherine Scott of the library.

Property manager Larry Geldermann, assistant property manager Renee Staggs and senior vice president and director of management operations Christine Muszynski are in charge of managing the 71 distribution facilities throughout the market while HSA Commercial executive vice president/managing director Tim Thompson, SIOR is exclusive leasing agent.

U.S. Equities’ government assignments include the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Board of Education and Cook County. It also developed the public library in Evanston, where it also is serving as consultant to the city’s Downtown redevelopment project.

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