In early 2017, following a few years of sustained growth, it had become clear that our tried and true office location had begun to burst at the seams, and something a bit larger was in order. During our search for a new location, owners John and Jennifer Castellano did not want something temporary, and instead wanted to establish a permanent home as well as a standing example of our work; a sort-of architectural business card.
Our new location was found less than a mile from our current location on Babcock Boulevard, which once housed the North Suburban Builders Association and looked as if it hadn’t been updated since 1950, when it was built. Seeing this as a challenge and opportunity, John and Jennifer could plainly see the possibilities, and thus the work began.
Partnering with Franus Architecture on the design of the building, we felt it important for the space to not be a typical office, but rather a space where employees and customers could appreciate its effectiveness as a workplace as well as its comfort and beauty.
A huge benefit for PittComm was having in place a qualified staff to manage any project, including the construction of our new offices. Each individual involved took great pride in their contribution to the company that will have a lasting impact for decades to come.
The challenge of converting a single story building in to two would prove memorable, such as setting structural steel with a 90-ton crane and hoisting 800-pound sip panels for the roof. An additional technical challenge was the 15-foot-high, 100-foot-long retaining wall behind the building. For this 2,000 pounds of block were used, and over 500-tons of earth were excavated and hauled from the site.
With most of our office staff being located on the second floor, Owner Jennifer Castellano wanted employees to have a focal point that added to the inviting atmosphere, and worked multiple features into the design, including a gorgeous natural pine wood accent wall, exposed ceilings and stained OSB. Jennifer understood that this design choice was a risk, but a risk worth taking as she states: “The most challenging part of this project was working with an entirely blank slate.”
We are very excited that this creativity and craftsmanship can be showcased and as our owner John Castellano so aptly puts it: “This office reflects who we are as a company. I could have only dreamed that nine years ago we would be able to reflect our expertise and excellence in such a monumental way.”
With construction coming to an end, and a move in time frame set for the beginning of February, staff is eager for the transition. The excitement is also echoed by the Vice President, Anthony Wincko, describing the anticipation of the project: “It is like waiting for Santa to come on Christmas morning. We finally have a space built for us, not just by us!”