The solution is a high–bay long span steel frame building, clad in glass and steel panels. Naturallight is controlled by use of fixed louvers. Testing laboratories and other technically autonomous spaces are given tighter control of light, air quality and acoustic isolation inside enclosed pavilions on the main floor. Staff areas occupy a glazed mezzanine overlooking the testing floor. This integration of engineering and office staff within one building promotes better communication and efficiency between these historically separate groups of professionals.
Patron of the Year, 2006 – Chicago Architecture Foundation
Citation of Merit, 2005 – AIA Chicago Chapter
Interior Architecture Honor Award, 2012 – AIA Chicago Chapter