A site on Goose Island, an underdeveloped manufacturing zone northwest of downtown Chicago, offers panoramic views of the skyline for the main factory of Republic Windows and Doors, a Chicago-based company. This cost-effective building gently rises to the south, capturing the vista. Befitting a window fabricator, the building design incorporates a dramatic glazed curtain wall, creating a three-story atrium lobby for guest reception and large employee gatherings. The facility also houses an airy and well-organized factory space, offices, a sales center, and employee support facilities, all infused with natural light.
Recognizing the important role architecture plays in improving business results, the new Republic building received the prestigious Good Design is Good Business Award from Architectural Record and Business Week.