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BOSTON, MA

The Kessler Group Names Jones Lang LaSalle Construction General Contractor for 855 Boylston Headquarters


BOSTON, January 11, 2013 — The Kessler Group, a financial services firm specializing in partnership development, credit card marketing and portfolio acquisitions, has named Jones Lang LaSalle Construction the general contractor for the redesign of their headquarters office space at 855 Boylston Street in Boston. The 28,000-square-foot interior on floors 8 and 9 includes all new executive areas, finishes and materials throughout.

Designed by Gensler, the build out also features refinished conference rooms, a new reception area, and interior offices. Finishes include custom millwork. The project is scheduled to be completed by early spring 2013.

“We built The Kessler Group’s space when they first moved here, and we’re pleased to have been hired again for the redesign,” said Jones Lang LaSalle Senior Vice President and Project Executive Dana Griffin. “We’re currently working closely with them and Gensler on various design iterations. Our team is focused on delivering a unique, work environment that reflects their collaborative culture.”

Joining Dana on the Jones Lang LaSalle Construction team is: Senior Superintendent Kevin Mealey, Senior Construction Manager Brendan Boyle, and Senior Chief Estimator Chris Hardiman.

855 Boylston is a 145,500-square-foot Class A office building is located directly across from the Prudential Center in Boston’s Back Bay. Built in 1986, the 11-story building has a marble floored lobby, high speed elevators, 24-hour security, and underground in-building parking. Amenities include retail at street level, on-site management, energy saving lighting, and shower facilities for tenants.

About The Kessler Group                                       
For over 30 years, The Kessler Group (“KG”), has been a leader in the fields of direct marketing, affinity program development and investment banking in the consumer financial services space. Having pioneered the concept of the affinity credit card in the late 1970s, KG has worked with most of the nation’s leading financial institutions, as well as many global players, to create and consummate creative partnerships, alliances and M&A transactions while also developing and executing consumer marketing programs in almost every conceivable area of the financial services arena. Today, KG continues to push the envelope of deal creation and strategic marketing and is constantly on the lookout for bright, motivated, creative talent to join our entrepreneurial, fast moving, growing and evolving organization. The company is owned by its founder and Chairman, Howard J. Kessler, JC Flowers & Co. and members of KG’s senior management team.

About Jones Lang LaSalle Construction
Jones Lang LaSalle offers comprehensive services as a construction manager, general contractor and design/builder, completing over 500 diverse assignments annually. With a service reach throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, mid-West and the West Coast, Jones Lang LaSalle constructed $145 million in 2011. Delivering construction solutions to an extensive roster of Life Sciences, Higher Education, Government, Corporate, Industrial, Technology, Hospitality, and Residential/Retail clients, assignments range from smaller interior fit-outs to $100 million mixed-use developments. Their on line portfolio can be viewed at www.us.joneslanglasalle.com/boston/construction.

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit www.joneslanglasalle.com.