Construction on Vermilion Development’s Assisted Living Facility in Mishawaka keeps rolling along. Progress is accelerating on the building interior. Kitchen & bath cabinet installation is well underway and granite counters are now arriving onsite. Vinyl plank flooring is going into the last of the residential units while crews work outside installing the soffit & fascia to finish off the building exterior. It’s always exciting to see the interior finishes & millwork come into place since that means we’re nearing the finish line. December completion, here we come!
PATRICK VOLVO in Schaumburg has new wheels for you. BEHLES+BEHLES designed PATRICK VOLVO to embrace the modern Scandinavian design principles of the new Volvo Retail Experience program. The exterior includes transparent, translucent, and opaque glazing in signature Volvo colors, washed at night with continuous LED lighting. Interior finishes include a collection of natural materials offering clients a warm and inviting modern environment. Stop in for a test drive - and kick the tires of our new showroom.
First Bank & Trust's new Main Street location isn't your father's branch bank. In fact, you might not recognize it as a bank at all. BEHLES+BEHLES was asked to design the new facility to reflect the changing landscape in retail banking customer relations. No teller line here. No corner offices or cubicles either. They have been replaced by an open, inviting space, dominated by a beautiful 13-foot tall wall of living plants. The installed Live Wall includes a self-contained drip-irrigation system and LED horticultural lights. It’s beautiful to see, helps the space acoustically, and does a nice job improving the indoor air quality.
As online and mobile banking continue to satisfy more customers’ needs, the responsibilities of bankers are changing. When people come into the new Main Street branch, they work with one universal banker from beginning to end. There are no tellers, all bankers are trained to handle transactions and help customers concierge-style, with any banking service or financial question. Customers with more complex banking matters are escorted to one of several seating areas—a lounge of colorful chairs, a large boardroom table, or a soundproof conference room encased in floor-to-ceiling windows.
To test-drive a contemporary banking experience for yourself, stop by the new branch of First Bank & Trust, located at 520 Main Street, Evanston, IL.
The Music Institute of Chicago has retained BEHLES+BEHLES to help restore the front porch at Nichols Hall, its performance venue in Evanston. Nichols Hall, a venerated Evanston historic structure, has been slowly watching it's Indiana Limestone front porch and stairway succumb to the elements. A century of freeze-thaw cycles and road salt has left the grand stairway in a ruinous state and beyond repair. Next Spring B+B plans to complete a full replacement of stone stairs, landings and porch slabs, restoring the limestone beauty to its former glory.
FIRST BANK & TRUST OPENS LEED GOLD BRANCH
First Bank & Trust recently hosted the Grand Opening of their new branch bank in Skokie, IL. Designed by BEHLES+BEHLES to achieve LEED Gold Certification, the building employs a host of sustainable design strategies designed to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create a healthy, productive work environment.
Tile Magazine recently published an Installation Case Study on the new LEED-Gold, First Bank & Trust branch designed by BEHLES+BEHLES. The article, titled Ventilated Facades and Their Role in LEED Designation, details installation of the building's innovative ceramic rain screen facade system.
The Allendale Association's brand new Cafeteria, Shelter Club Commons, is open for business. BEHLES+BEHLES designed the new Dining Hall to provide meal service and vocational training for 200 live-in and day-school children. The building was recently awarded LEED Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council.
At Camp Independence, it's all about being outdoors. And that's just what this new YMCA camp offers to a special group of kids. BEHLES+BEHLES was retained by the YMCA of Greater Chicago to assist in the creation of a new camp program designed for children with mobility impairment. The mission was to design facilities to support a full range of rugged outdoor activities and experiences, typical of overnight summer camp; and to help develop independent life skills among this special group of kids. Click here to watch their story unfold.