Situated on nearly 7-1/2 acres at the edge of a creek, this office park includes almost 2 acres of unbuildable flood plain. Transforming the flood plain into a natural prairie formed a backdrop to the office park and inspired a Prairie Style feel for the buildings. The goal of providing condominium suites as small as 1,500 square feet for small medical practices and entrepreneurial businesses, and up to 9,000 square feet for professional practices led to building sizes of 6,000, 7,500 and 9,000 square feet. The building depth of 50 feet maximizes perimeter window lines, and the operable windows allow natural ventilation, scents of prairie flowers and a connection to the to the surrounding natural setting.
Interwork renovated a 45,430 square foot precast concrete building into the new headquarters of APS – a leading commercial propeller Maintenance Repair Organizations (MRO) serving the aviation industry. APS is the first third-party MRO licensed to perform OEM-proprietary repairs and inspections. Having out grown their existing facility, APS purchased the building and fit in a new 9,430 square foot office space while renovating a 36,000 square foot warehouse into a state-of-the-art repair and manufacturing facility
Since 2014, Interwork Architects has been working with Duluth Trading Company (www.duluthtrading.com) on the design and implementation of new 15,000 SF prototype standalone retail stores throughout the country. Following the initial Red Feed Store prototype design, with 8 stores either built or currently under construction, we have worked with their store planning and operations groups to develop 2 additional prototype designs (Brick Garage and Old Factory) which are scheduled to be open in 2018. In addition to the free standing stores, Interwork has worked with Duluth Trading Company on tenant remodels of existing spaces, either in regional strip centers, retro fitted existing free standing retail stores or in iconic downtown buildings.
This new 2-story, 34,000 square foot medical office building was designed such that the first floor would be developed along with the building envelope, and the second floor would remain open and unfinished, such that in the future it could be built out. Provisions were made for a future elevator and stairway adjacent to the front door, to serve the future developed second floor. The first floor contains 35 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms, a blood lab, radiology, and traditional support facilities.
Deciding to construct a new building to better suit their needs and current brand image, DuPage Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram engaged Charles River Development and Interwork Architects to implement their vision. Interwork and CRD put Chrysler standards to work while creating a new 37,500 square foot building, customized to the dealership’s workflow, on a 5.9 acre site in Glendale Heights, Illinois.
The building features a large glass enclosed sales showroom, highlighting the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles displayed within. Additionally, there are both customer and staff support areas, a two-story parts department and a state-of-the-art twenty bay automobile and truck service department.
This challenging project involved the adaptive re-use of an existing restaurant, which was somewhat of a landmark in the community, into a state-of-the-art medical office building. As a point of interest, the restaurant was owned by former Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell. Besides a total renovation of the existing 3 story building, a 2 story addition was added. The addition replicates the French country style of the original building such that the combined structure is visually seamless. The 18,750 square foot building contains 24 exam rooms, a procedure room, a blood lab, and traditional support facilities.
This rapidly growing software development company needed a fun and engaging work place for its staff to work hard and play hard. The interior build-out started with a full gut of the existing space including removal of the ceiling to create an open concept with exposed structure and ductwork. Acoustic ceiling clouds over the work station clusters helped reduce noise to a comfortable level so daily work could go on without neighborly distractions. A large lounge was imperative to the lifestyle of the programmers who work flexible hours and required a place to eat, drink and hang out throughout the day. Centrally located at the entry, the lounge offers a large family style table, seating island and a pool table.