Custom Steel Windows and Doors Adorn Technology Startup

Located in Chicago’s West Loop, the project converted a 7,000-square-foot, 2-story space into a single-story building with a mezzanineLocated in Chicago’s West Loop, the project converted a 7,000-square-foot, 2-story space into a single-story building with a mezzanine.

A retrofit office building project that includes custom, handcrafted steel windows and doors recently received a prestigious Small Project Award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Custom, handcrafted steel windows and doors were installed in Music Box Films' new offices

Custom, handcrafted steel windows and doors were installed in Music Box Films’ new offices.

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, the project converted a 7,000-square-foot, 2-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.

Located in Chicago’s West Loop, the project converted a 7,000-square-foot, 2-story space into a single-story building with a mezzanine

Located in Chicago’s West Loop, the project converted a 7,000-square-foot, 2-story space into a single-story building with a mezzanine.

The manufacturer worked 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.

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

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