Adjustable Forms, Inc.

Lombard, Illinois / United States of America

Adjustable Forms Inc., a cast-in-place concrete contractor desired a space to showcase the client's talents and capabilities. The project comprises an expansion and renovation of an existing office and warehouse. The design reuses the building's elements where possible, including: structural piles, foundations, steel joists and columns, roof deck, and brick masonry walls. The existing concrete slabs were crushed and repurposed as granular fill material for new floor systems. The project is registered with the USGBC and tracking LEED Gold certification.

The building design is a reflection of concrete as a material and a process. Several methods of concrete construction are used including post-tensioning roof and floor slabs, thermally broken and insulated sandwich walls, integrally colored stamped and polished concrete flooring, and traditional reinforced concrete. Color, texture, and concrete mix were explored and experimented with throughout the process.

The design limited the materials used to provide a pure minimalist aesthetic. A high performance rain screen with dark zinc panels were used, bringing a sophisticated contrast to the stark minimalist concrete massing. On the interior, daylighting is optimized with skylights and continuous glazing around the perimeter. LED lighting and radiant flooring are used throughout to maximize energy efficiency.

Architect of record

Nathan Casteel
DLR Group
222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2220
Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Phone: 312-780-1024

Associate architect

Jessie James
Whitney Architects
700 Commerce Drive, Suite 350
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA
Phone: 630-571-1118

General contractor

Jim Lindquist
Adjustable Forms, Inc.
1 E. Progress Rd.
Lombard, IL 60148, USA
Phone: 630-953-8700

Consultant 1

Stephen Triphahn
W-T Engineering
2675 Pratum Avenue
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, USA
Phone: 224-293-6333

Consultant 2

Andy Stahr
Ecology + Vision, LLC
P.O. Box 601
Leland, IL 60531, USA
Phone: 815-981-8003


James Steinkamp
Steinkamp Photography
923 Oakwood Terrace
Hinsdale, IL 60521, USA
Phone: 312-735-5333