The 16-story Peter W. Rodino office building was constructed in 1968. Decades later, the exterior had deteriorated, fossil fuel usage was high, and the building did not meet the current GSA facilities standards. Through a Design Excellence ARRA-funded contract, we were commissioned as the design architects for a comprehensive sustainable modernization, transforming the aging facility into a high performance building with a dignified civic presence. A key feature of our design is the addition of a custom curtain wall suspended over the existing concrete clad façade—significantly increasing the building’s energy performance, occupants’ comfort, and blast resistance of the enclosure while dramatically transforming the building’s identity. Richard McElhiney Architects LLC worked with Dattner Architects as the associate architect for the design phase. Subsequently a design-build contractor team was selected to implement the concept we developed.



GSA Design Award: On the Boards
LEED Silver



Chicago Tribune, Shrink-wrapping the skyline

Oculus, New Life for a Boomer Building

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