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.
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.
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.
Growing from an artist’s studio into an award winning manufacturer of hand crafted wall coverings, Maya Romanoff needed to expand its operations – Interwork helped convert a vacant, forty year old warehouse into a modern office that expressed their studio roots while providing up to date manufacturing space – still reminiscent of the 19th century William Morris wallpaper factory. Hanging “festoons” of drying wall paper inspired the office’s over sized fabric wrapped sliding panels with exposed industrial hardware. Layers of Maya Romanoff fabrics, layers of patterned carpets and simple gallery white walls create a workspace that expresses the very distinct personality at the core of their mission and culture. In addition to office design and building design that re-imaged the building exterior and site, work included pre-purchase due-diligence, solving manufacturing, warehouse and logistics processes, and major upgrades to building systems.
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.
Built in the 1970’s as a hybrid strip center and outdoor mall, Barrington Square’s design had not weathered the years well. Beginning in 1997, Interwork Architects designed modifications that opened up dark corners, smoothed circulation patterns, added retail space, removed outdated components and provided better compatibility with its surroundings.
In the most recent phase, transformation to the new “Barrington Square Towncenter”, the design team worked with the owners and local officials to create new auto circulation patterns, re-work outlots and enhance landscaping and drainage. A major façade renovation program incorporating traditional design elements into a vibrant retail streetscape positions Barrington Square to compete with newer retail developments.
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
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.