FitzGerald Announces Two New Projects

FitzGerald was retained by CBRO Development to provide architectural services for C.H. Robinson’s new 4,900 square foot office in the One Bell Valley Commons building in Cherry Valley, Illinois.
FitzGerald (as the Cody Design Group) was also the Architect for the One Bell Valley Commons commercial building in 2005. The firm’s design solution for the building, which was the first constructed in a new commercial development, combines high-end aesthetics with affordable rental rates for the Rockford market. The building fronts I-90 and is seen by over 100,000 motorists each day. The client’s desire was to use this building to announce the arrival of the new development, and set a design standard for the entire 80-acre property.
The building’s design called for an innovative use of architectural precast panels to perform structurally, removing the steel columns at the building’s perimeter and lowering the cost to the developer by several hundred thousand dollars. The panels created a “kit of parts” approach to design and construction, as only three prototypical panels comprise the building. This approach not only allowed for a façade that exudes a classical rhythm, but greatly reduced the precast expense by reducing the number of forms built by the precast supplier.
720 West Randolph Street
FitzGerald was retained by J. Lawrence Holdings to design seven units to make up the top two currently vacant floors in the 13-story, 63-unit building at 720 West Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop. The penthouse units range from two-bed, two-bath single-floor condominiums to three-bed, 3.5-bath duplexes with a den. Most of the units feature outdoor terraces, and all will include high-end finishes and spacious floor plans.