New Altgeld Family Resource Center

Altgeld Family Resource Center Altgeld Gardens was originally built in 1944 by the Chicago Department of Housing and Urban Development for black veterans returning home from World War ll and is one of the first public, multi-building housing developments built inthe United States. It was nicknamed the ‘toxic donut’ due to it having the largest […]

Will County EMA

Will County EMA The Will County Emergency Management Agency provides its community with the assurances of safe living and working environments. A pillar of safety and reliability for a community deserves to be built with the most reliable materials possible. Read more >

Masonry to the Rescue: New Laraway Elementary School

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Laraway Elementary School Laraway Elementary School (Joliet, Illinois) exemplifies the flexibility of masonry . . . especially considering that the facility was initially designed to be constructed of precast concrete. When the design team at Legat Architects learned that market demand for precast would slow down the construction schedule, it quickly developed an […]

DLA Architects and Threshold Acoustics design new Performing Arts Center

Masonry was utilized for the interior acoustic design as a single building material that could provide robust, full-frequency acoustic response. The interior of the Theater is primarily exposed, grout-filled masonry resulting in a rich, warm sound for band and choral performances. Read more >

Video of 1940’s Chicago

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Chicago has an amazing skyline of beautiful architecture. See how many masonry buildings still exist in this interesting video of Chicago from the 1940’s. Thanks to all the Architects, Engineers, Designers, and Contractors who have made Chicago a world class city! Watch the video >[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Brick Renovation of River Oaks Dealership

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Napleton Automotive Group completed an addition between two existing masonry buildings. The project included the remodel of an existing Show Room and Administrative Offices. The finished expansion blended in well with the existing masonry. Read more >[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Hezner’s Restoration of a Historic Building

Hezner Corporation Completed Restoration of a Historic Building  “Working with older structures requires diligence and organized thinking, and breaking this project into a series of smaller projects helped us determine our approach”… Scott Hezner, Architect. Learn the full scope of getting historic restoration work completed. Read more > Restoration of a Historic Building: View the scope of […]

Tioga Elementary School

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Designing a bright, colorful learning environment.  STR designed this gleaming white building to meet the 21st century needs of Tioga Elementary School students in Bensenville. The design offers an array of bright colors inside and out.  read more >[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Solomon Cottage – Park Ridge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Why does a community attempt to renovate historic buildings? One reason is because older community members want to preserve their history and let their legacy live on for future generations. Read more> [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Admiral at the Lake

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]This cutting-edge facility features 31 floors of living space, garden and rooftop terraces, long-term health care facilities, a multitude of restaurant-style dining, and a variety of cultural,  social and recreational amenities — including a creative arts studio, salon and spa, theater, and comprehensive aquatic and fitness center. Read More>[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]