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Recent Project: Garfield Crossing

5/5/2015 8:46:54 AM

Location: Hinsdale, IL

Completed: Summer 2014

Architect: David M. Kennedy, AIA LEED AP, Principal, perkins pryde + kennedy architects in Glen Ellyn, IL

Builder: EP Doyle & Son in Wheaton, IL

Owner: Garfield Crossing LLC

Weather Shield Dealer: Kornesczuk Windows, Warrenville, IL

Weather Shield Products Used: Signature Series and Premium Series casements and double hung windows

Background on the Project

Located in downtown of Hinsdale, IL, Garfield Crossing is a new, two-story mixed-use retail/office building that was designed by PPK Architects to assimilate into the historic context in which it is located. The building, which is 225 feet long and comprises one-half block, is designed to appear as though it is five separate buildings -- a look created by different facades and exterior materials on each of the five sections, and a variety of design accents around the windows. 

Garfield Crossing replaced a previous commercial building that had outlived its useful life and was unable to support the city’s zoning requirement to have retail tenants on the ground floor. Additionally, the site housed several abandoned fuel tanks and surrounding contaminated soil, which had to be removed, according to Illinois Protection Agency requirements. A concrete retaining wall on the site was also found to be unstable and needed reinforcement as part of the site’s redevelopment.

With a clean slate from which to work, PPK Architects was directed by the owner to design a Class A retail/office building with flexibility to house different sized tenants, keeping in mind city zoning and the historical nature of the downtown. The request for office space in the plans helped address a market need for new professional space in the suburban downtown.

PPK designed the ground floor with 10,000 square feet of retail space and an atrium for the offices located on the second floor of 10,000 square feet. There’s also a partial basement for tenant storage and a separate freight elevator to minimize disruption to tenants. The firm’s design/planning module included window spacing to accommodate various wall placements that tenants may request for their space build-out. The architects kept the ceilings high to improve marketability of the space.

Garfield Crossing has made a positive impact on the vitality of downtown Hinsdale, offering new retail and office space for businesses. The building’s owner, the city, residents and businesses are pleased with the project and look forward to it reaching full occupancy. 

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