Cooper B-Line Expansion
Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.
12052 Highland Road, Highland, IL 62249
M2 Architecture Studio
1232 Washington Avenue, #230, St. Louis, MO 63103
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.
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
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
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
DIV. 14: Elevators: KONE.