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  Cooper B-Line Expansion

Cooper B-Line ExpansionGeneral Contractor

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.
12052 Highland Road, Highland, IL 62249


M2 Architecture Studio
1232 Washington Avenue, #230, St. Louis, MO 63103

General Description

Location: Highland, Illinois
Date Bid: Oct 2007
Construction Period: Nov 2007 to July 2008
Total Square Feet: 15,290 Site: 1.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 8,590; second floor, 6,700; total, 15,290 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 11’6”; floor to floor, 11’4”; total, 24’4”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Architect: M2 Architecture Studio - 1232 Washington Avenue, #230, St. Louis, MO 63103
Structural Engineer: Ameristructure, Inc. - 128 South Virginia, Eureka, MO 63025
Cost Estimator: Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. - 12052 Highland Road, Highland, IL 62249
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: BRiC Partnerships, LLC - 100 E. Washington, #220, Belleville, IL 62220

Cooper Industries Incorporated retained the architectural services of M2 Architecture Studio to design a two-story office addition and partial interior renovation to their existing Cooper B-Line headquarters facility in Highland, Illinois.

Cooper B-Line is a leading manufacturer of quality support systems and enclosures for the mechanical, electrical and telecommunications industries. Cooper B-Line's products are used in a variety of settings for the commercial, industrial, utility and OEM markets.

Headquartered in Highland, Illinois, Cooper B-Line has manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States with more than one million square feet of manufacturing space. In addition, Cooper B-Line employs approximately 1,200 people nationwide.

The project program consisted of the need for additional private and open office space, conference rooms, restrooms, accommodations for training and a product display area. The Client also had very specific goals in mind for a centralized break room, or "hub," that would be filled with natural light and serve as a gathering place shared by both office and shop employees. The design team responded with a two-story space with clerestory glass, incorporating Cooper B-Line products as unique design elements and creating an internal crossroads with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. While meeting the Client's programmatic needs, of equal importance to Cooper B-Line was the fit of the newly created spaces into the existing building material vocabulary of brick, concrete masonry units and metal panels. The new addition fits seamlessly into the existing context blurring the line between old and new.

The site for the new facility posed other challenges for the design team and the contractor. Nestled between existing two-story pre-engineered metal buildings on two sides and a lower, single-story office building on a third side, resolving the rooflines became an aesthetic concern, and aligning the new second floor construction with the existing second floor became a functional concern. A system of metal bar joists and lightweight hollow-core concrete floor planks was devised to allow the floors to align at the same elevation while not sacrificing precious ceiling space in the rooms on the first floor. The parapet of the new building was aligned with the existing roofline providing necessary plenum space above the ceilings on the second floor for all necessary services.

Cooper B-Line selected Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. as the general contractor based on their qualifications and cost. The M2 and Korte & Luitjohan team worked together to plan and schedule the project and resolve field issues inherent to an "infill" project. Korte & Luitjohan completed the project under budget and three weeks ahead of the eight-month contract schedule.


DIV. 7: Roofing: Firestone.
DIV. 8: Curtainwall: Vistawall; Window: Insulite.
DIV. 9: Flooring: Patcraft Carpet; Polymer Floor Coating: Stonhard.
DIV. 14: Elevators: KONE.  


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