1009 NORTH RUSH

Gold Coast, Chicago

Centaur was presented with the opportunity to perform the Design-Build Renovation of a four-story building located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. This building formerly held restaurants on the mezzanine floor and lower level, and has become the home of two retail establishments. The new shops occupt around 2,000 square feet each and each have their own entrance on Rush Street. The former mezzanine floor was dropped six feet to allow for taller ceilings and to create the grade level separate entrances. The client also requested that the building have a more modern appeal for the retailers - and in response, the design team recommended the dual storefront consisting of floor to ceiling windows within a metal panel accent border. In order to achieve this design facet, structural beams were relocated. As a way to maximize floor space, one of the building’s elevators was eliminated to allow for the main stairway to transition through the space into the common lobby. The first floor addition was built out to the existing sidewalk to create a uniform appearance with the other buildings on Rush Street, while the upper facade design remains a work in progress. The complexity of the building and the unfinished nature of the design, combined with an aggressive schedule, created a challenge for Centaur’s design and construction team. The remodeling of the building has been appreciated the the surrounding neighborhood. Many are in agreement that the existing structure brought down the visual appeal of the area; the completed project is a much welcomed sight.

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