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  HA•LO Corporate Headquarters, Page 52HA•LO Corporate Headquarters
Murphy/Jahn Architects
35 East Wacker Drive, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

Niles, Illinois
Total Square Feet: 267,334
Construction Period: Nov 1998 to Oct 2000

Construction Team
Construction Manager: Harbour Contractors, Inc. - 215 West Main Street, Plainfield, IL 60544
Structural Engineer: Peller & Associates - 821 Westpoint Parkway, Cleveland, OH 44145
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Cosentini Associates - One East Wacker Drive, #200, Chicago, IL 60601
Civil Engineer: Cowhey Gudmundson Leder, Ltd. - 300 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL 60143
Cost Estimator: Harbour Contractors, Inc. - 215 West Main Street, Plainfield, IL 60544

The conceptual ideas about the Ha-Lo Headquarters deal with urban planning, function and technology. The building is arranged like a simple and clear diagram. Its components are placed in a logical, rational and constructed way. Interest is in engineering and performance, rather than design and style. The result is a building of maximum transparency. Transparency deals with light. Traditionally light has been directed at the material fabric of a building, illuminating the solid. At the Ha-Lo Headquarters they are moving into a realm, where light is the essence of the design. The building is luminous, not illuminated. The facade acts as a fabric which moderates the natural and the artificial light, it becomes a screen. The functions are within an adaptable envelope, which responds to the exterior environmental conditions and creates the desired interior environment.

The 7-story building establishes the desired identity at Touhy and Leigh. Projecting loggias from entries at both ends. Building, parking and warehouse are organized through the landscaping like a collage of shifted geometries.

The functions are placed around a 7-story open court. The low floors are loft-type offices. The top 2 floors are showrooms and executive offices around a 2-story skycourt. This clear stacking is readable at the entry facade and contributes to the building's transparency.

Technology is not added, it is an integral part of the design. Technology is not exhibited, but working towards meeting the building's functional, spatial and environmental goals. Technology is advanced, but more in the way that proven and tested materials and components are put together than through invention. Newness is achieved through the elimination of the inessential.

The only way architecture can be new today is through assuming responsibility for more than form and aesthetic. Responsible architecture has to control its environment through design not solely through added technical and mechanical systems. Otherwise technology becomes self-purpose.

Daylight, solar energy and the idea that the skin of a building modulates its own climate have not yet been integrated as essential components in commercial design. The inclusion of these methodologies is a desirable goal. Through this, we can rededicate ourselves towards our natural reflexes and intuitive actions. The result: Buildings with high technology and low energy.

This meets an "eco-tech" approach. A building in harmony between people, technology and nature.

DIV 07: Skylights: ASI Advanced Structural Systems; Modified Bituminous Membrane: The Garland Company.
DIV 08: Curtainwall: Gardner Metal Products; Insulated Glass Units: Viracon; Structural Glazing: ASI Advanced Structural Systems; Low Iron Glass: Eckelt; Hollow Metal Doors: Curries; Sliding Fire Doors: American Metal Door Co.; Glass Revolving Doors: Boon-Edam; Wood Doors: VT Industries.
DIV 09: Ceramic Tile: Dal-Tile; Drywall, Metal Studs: United States Gypsum.
DIV 10: Access Flooring: Tate Access Floor; Toilet Partitions: Flush Metal Corp.; Toilet & Bath Accessories: American Specialties, Inc.
DIV 14: Elevators: Fujitec Co. Limited; Glass Cabs: Hauenstein & Burmeister Custom Cabs.

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