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 once Chicago-based manufacturer. 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 manufacturing 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 manufacturing facility received the prestigious Good Design is Good Business Award from Architectural Record and Business Week.

Republic Windows and Doors

Location: Chicago, IL
Client: Republic Windows & Doors
Year: 1998
Size: 350,000 sf
Awards: The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation - Architectural Excellence in Community Design, AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, Business Week/Architectural Record Award

Republic Windows and Doors


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 once Chicago-based manufacturer. 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 manufacturing 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 manufacturing facility received the prestigious Good Design is Good Business Award from Architectural Record and Business Week.

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