2011 - 2012 / Chicago, Illinois

Ignite Glass Studios

Client

Ignite Glass Studios 2011 - 2012 / Chicago, Illinois

Services

Architecture
Interiors
Civil Engineering
MEPFP Engineering
Structural Engineering

Markets

Education

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Overview

Epstein provided full-service design and engineering services for the renovation of 1970's era industrial building into a15,000 square foot glass blowing studio. The building also features classrooms, an art gallery, and a one-of-a-kind assembly/event space located at 401 N. Armour in Chicago's West Loop.

Process

The original N. Armour building was the home of multiple businesses and Epstein's design team was tasked with taking that disjointed facility and creating a coherent program and design to match the ambitious goals of Ignite Glass. To accomplish this charge much of the existing facility shell was reused and substantially renovated, with the event space component being the only piece of new construction.

“In addition to creating more than 15 direct jobs, the facility, along with the events and traffic it generates in the area, is adding to the revitalization of the West Loop. We have hosted more than 70 events, bringing more than 6,000 people in to the area, exposing them to other stores, to new neighborhoods and well run schools, and to a part of the city most people had yet to explore."

Glen Tullman Owner

Awards

Divine Detail Award
2015, American Institute of Architects (Chicago Chapter)

Distinguished Building Award
2015, American Institute of Architects (Chicago Chapter)

Best ‘Out of the Box’ Event Space
2015, Crain’s Chicago Business

sustainABILITY Award
2013, American Institute of Architects (Chicago Chapter)

Vision Award - Finalist
2014, Urban Land Institute (Chicago Chapter)

Team

Noel Abbott
Vice President, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Offices

Chicago
312.454.9100
info@epsteinglobal.com