Hope’s Retrofit Office Project Earns AIA Chicago Award

A retrofit office building project that includes custom, handcrafted steel doors and windows manufactured by Jamestown, N.Y.-based Hope’s® recently received a Small Project Award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The Hope’s Jamestown175™ Series steel windows and 5000 Series™ steel doors were installed in the building, now home to the technology startup Music Box Films. Located in Chicago’s West Loop enterprise zone, the project converted a 7,000-square-foot, two-story space into a single-story building with a mezzanine.

The design was the work of Shapiro Associates of Chicago. A Music Box Films’ blog says, “Our space was renovated with the aesthetic of the sci-fi classic ‘Blade Runner’ in mind. Incorporating glass panels, floating metal staircases, a catwalk and panels of wood repurposed from the original structure, the building speaks to our vision and commitment to artistry.”

The Hope’s Jamestown175 Series features hot-rolled solid steel and maximum glass area.

“Hope’s worked hand-in-hand with Shapiro Associates on the door and window design and provided custom mullion, muntin and glazing solutions to meet their design requirements for the exterior façade and vestibule,” says Matthew Fuller, regional sales manager for Hope’s.

McGuire Engineers Inc. and Samartano & Co., both of Chicago, consulted on the project. The general contractor was Knudsen Construction, Inc. of Calumet City, Ill.