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Small Business Incubator

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Design Challenge:
The existing storefront was originally planned to be a law office, but the program changed to create a shared business space. Flexibility, handicapped Accessibility, and Energy Efficiency were major design goals for the project.

The developer wanted to retain the character of a Chicago storefront space, while making it functionally modern.

Design Solution:
An open workspace concept was developed with a shared conference room for privacy, if needed. Exterior walls were insulated with spray foam insulation, while interior brick walls were left exposed for their character.

A rear entrance provided wheelchair access. The storefront system was improved, but based on the character of the original drug store use.

Challenge Images:
floor plan