Our design for the new global headquarters of SRAM, a bike components manufacturer that is passionate about cycling, is underway for the previous site of a decades-old ice storage building in Chicago’s Fulton Market District.
Not your typical headquarters, our team is developing a design that will connect two levels of workspace with a bleacher stair for group gatherings, a product development machine shop, and an internal cycling test track. This is also not your typical adaptive warehouse reuse project—up until last October the space was part of ten stories of cold storage for the meat and fish market…
After decades of use, the building literally had to be defrosted like an old freezer. See the Time Lapse Video (courtesy of Sterling Bay Companies.) At the: 24 second mark, you can see the large propane heaters brought in to accelerate the melting process.
The many large columns pictured above is a unique feature and challenge for the design team.
Pretty cool, hey?