Hope’s® Retrofit Office Project Earns Prestigious AIA Chicago Award
Custom Steel Windows and Doors Help Achieve Unique Design for Music Box Films
JAMESTOWN, NY – A retrofit office building project that includes custom, handcrafted steel windows and doors manufactured by Hope’s® recently received a prestigious 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 strong enough to allow for the narrowest frame dimensions and maximum glass area, producing the best views possible. The 5000 Series products are manufactured from 12-gauge formed steel shapes, providing increased size capabilities and hardware options. Both the Hope’s Jamestown175 Series and the Hope’s 5000 Series windows and doors have been installed in luxury residential and prestigious commercial and institutional projects across the country.
“Hope's worked hand-in-hand with Shapiro Associates on the window and door 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, IL.
Hope’s®, based in Jamestown, NY is the nation’s leading and most experienced manufacturer of custom designed, precision hot-rolled solid steel and solid bronze window and door systems, specializing in commercial, cultural, institutional and luxury residential applications. Hope’s windows and doors are custom designed and handcrafted to help architects achieve even the most audacious and technically challenging design visions–with unlimited shapes, sizes, finishes and profiles. Hope’s solid steel windows are strong enough to afford minimized frame size and maximized glass area, offering the best views. Hope’s advanced coating process ensures that all Hope’s steel windows and doors last longer than any other available, even under the most extreme environmental conditions. With Hope's latest product development, Thermal Evolution Technology, the company maintains all the proven characteristics of traditional fully welded solid hot-rolled steel windows and that of old-world craftsmanship, while offering a greater degree of thermal efficiency. Visit www.hopeswindows.com.
Hope's® (www.hopeswindows.com) is renowned for its handcrafted architectural products: steel and bronze windows and doors valued for their elegance and longevity, two qualities born of visionary design concepts and unparalleled manufacturing processes.