Another developer is banking on the Goose Island tech renaissance with a new renovation of the 42,744 square foot Burhop Box & Packaging warehouse at 1071 W. Division Street to create new office space. Summit Design + Build is leading the effort to transform the aging structure into an office complex, joining several other adaptive reuse projects currently underway on the man-made island.
The preliminary concept calls for extensive masonry restoration and a revamped interior, with new windows, doors, stair shafts, elevators and modern mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Architects SKJN Architekten Corp. were tapped for the project, and once completed, the office space itself will feature exposed brick and exposed wood ceilings, and the developers are aiming for LEED Gold certification for this project. Similar to the office space boom in the West Loop, Goose Island is quickly emerging as a hot spot for new office development in the city, and with several projects currently in the works, the area is likely to feel very different in the coming years.
— Patrick Sisson