Launch Slideshow

RTKL Offices

RTKL Offices

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    Patricia Parinejad

    RTKL Offices

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    Edge 4S linear direct fluorescent recessed fixture with acrylic lens

    Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
    www.pinnacle-ltg.com
    2-inch and 4-inch apertures available
    • Fixtures can accommodate T5, T5HO, or T8 lamps
    • Cold-rolled steel housing
    • Features a dieformed, white-painted steel reflector
    • 1/8-inch-thick acrylic lens can be snapped in or out for easy lamp replacement
    • Standard trim finish is textured white powder coat, but custom colors can be specified
    • Available in 2-, 3-, 4-, 6-, and 8-inch unit

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    CraftWood wood wallcovering

    SR Wood
    www.srwoodinc.com
    Stress-relieved wood veneer
    • Class A flame-spread rated
    • Applies over drywall or on wood and metal doors
    • 200 species available, either unstained or tinted
    • FSC certified for more than 80 species
    • Installs similarly to heavy wallpaper

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    Pearl smooth 16-by-24-inch concrete field tile

    Sadlerstone
    www.sadlerstone.com
    Engineered concrete stone
    • Available as smooth or textured and as terrazzo
    • All styles are tiles in standard sizes with five nosing profiles, plus custom options
    • Nonslip, seamless, and colorfast
    • Recyclable
    • Sealing is optional
    • Made with crushed granite, sand, cement conditioner, and cement

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    Sheetrock gypsum board

    USG Corp.
    www.usg.com
    Fire-resistant gypsum
    • Encased in 100 percent recycled face and backing papers
    • Face paper wraps around sides to protect core
    • Available in panels 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch thick

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    Moser handblown three-layer white opal glass pendant

    Louis Poulsen Lighting
    www.louispoulsen.com
    Suspended light with handblown glass
    • Inspired by a falling drop of water
    • Designed by Anu Moser
    • Glossy, white opal glass; matte white opal glass; or spiral pattern, white opal glass shades
    • Glass shades are handblown in three layers
    • Available in three sizes with two light sources

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    JoJo barstool with walnut seat and chrome base

    Allermuir
    www.allermuir.com
    Barstool is available with two frames: a high or low four-legged option, or with a height-adjustable center pedestal
    • Pedestal and high four-legged options also feature footrests
    • Seat can be veneered in clear-laquered alpi walnut, white-tinted alpi oak, or beech and stained in four finishes
    • Additional washes are available
    • Seat is formed with three-dimensional plyforming technology
    • Base can be specified with choice of four epoxy polyester powder coatings or in bright or satinfinished chrome

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    Vox conference table in sycamore veneer

    Nienkämper
    www.nienkamper.com
    Versatile table system in 14 shapes and sizes
    • Bases available in four styles, including the cable-concealing Duo
    • 1/8-inch solid-wood edge with veneer wrapping for solid-wood appearance
    • Tabletop access points for computers and projectors

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    Bella pendant fixture in pliable acrylic with satin finish

    Énergie
    www.energielighting.com
    White, pliable acrylic pendant with satin finish
    • Clear polycarbonate border, with red or blue borders optional
    • Available in 22- or 40-watt T5 circline lamp styles or in a 55-watt 2D compact fluorescent lamp
    • Hangs from an adjustable 72-inch cord

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    Mayflower plastic stacking chair

    Materia
    www.materia.se
    Injection-molded plastic
    • Reinforced with 15 percent glass fiber
    • Available with arms
    • Shell comes in black, white, gray, or lime
    • Frame is made with steel wire and upholstered pads
    • Optional upholstered seat in leather or fabric
    • Legs are chromium-plated or silver gray-powder-coated steel tubing
    • Can be connected in rows
    • Stackable
    • Two other chair styles are available in corresponding designs

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    JoJo barstool with walnut seat and chrome base

    Allermuir
    www.allermuir.com
    Barstool is available with two frames: a high or low four-legged option, or with a height-adjustable center pedestal
    • Pedestal and high four-legged options also feature footrests
    • Seat can be veneered in clear-laquered alpi walnut, white-tinted alpi oak, or beech and stained in four finishes
    • Additional washes are available
    • Seat is formed with three-dimensional plyforming technology
    • Base can be specified with choice of four epoxy polyester powder coatings or in bright or satinfinished chrome

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    Calculite Matrix compact fluorescent downlights

    Lightolier
    www.lightolier.com
    Provide energy-efficient general illumination
    • Take a 26-watt or 32-watt triple-tube compact fluorescent lamp
    • Precision optics allow glare control from a smaller aperture
    • Various trim options available
    • Available as an open or lensed fixture
    • Galvanized formed steel housing
    • Ballast assembly is door-mounted for easy repair

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    Eco Spec interior latex paint

    Benjamin Moore & Co.
    www.benjaminmoore.com
    Low-odor, low-VOC paint in semigloss, primer sealer, flat, and eggshell enamel
    • 100 percent acrylic
    • Quick drying
    • Spatter resistant
    • Greenguard certified for low-emitting products and for children and schools
    • Tints with Benjamin Moore Color Preview colorants
    • Comes in pastel base, medium base, and white colors

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    Estuary carpet

    Masland Contract
    www.maslandcontract.com
    24-inch-square tiles
    • 100 percent Antron Legacy nylon
    • Nonwoven backing with secondary PVC backing
    • Complies with Carpet and Rug Institute’s Indoor Air Quality Green Label Plus Carpet Testing Program

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    Eurostone sustainable ceiling panels

    Chicago Metallic Corp.
    www.chicagometallic.com
    Inhibits mold growth
    • Made with volcanic stone and contains no organic materials
    • Does not burn or emit smoke
    • 40 year warranty
    • Available natural or scored
    • Eight pattern options
    • Eight colors
    • 100 percent recycled
    • Zero VOCs
    • Does not rot, decay, sag, or warp
    • Can contribute to LEED points

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    Levelrock Proflow floor underlayment with a wax finish
    USG Corp.
    www.levelrock.com
    Gypsum concrete underlayment
    • Can be used as finished flooring with appropriate coatings
    • Works with plywood and OSB, heavy wood plank, corrugated steel deck, and concrete plank subfloors
    • Works as concrete repair or leveler and with radiant heat
    • 6,000–8,000 psi compressive strength

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    Velvet Grid broadloom carpet
    Masland Contract
    www.maslandcontract.com
    Antron Legacy nylon with 24-inch-square pattern repeat
    • Available in 25 color lines
    • Woven polypropylene backings
    • Invista treatment to prevent soiling
    • Can contribute to LEED points

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    RB Recessed Bivergence luminaire

    Zumtobel
    www.zumtobel.us
    Bivergence louver controls glare and ceiling reflections
    • 20-gauge cold-rolled steel
    • Mounts individually or continuously
    • Flush, lay-in installation
    • Matte or specular louver
    • 6 inches by 4 feet or by 5 feet
    • T5 or T8 lamping
    • Available with dimming ballasts, air return, and standby battery pack

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    Aluminum and glass individual office wall system
    Infinium Architecural Well Systems
    www.infiniumwalls.com
    Prefinished, fast-install panel system
    • Power and data lines integrated into panels
    • Includes walls, doors, hardware, and glass
    • 100 percent reusable
    • Can be reconfigured as needed

For nine of RTKL's first 11 years in Chicago, it occupied offices in Holabird & Roche's Marquette Building—a late 19th century classic of the Chicago School. Looking for a new space, the firm decided to take a completely different direction, and the 105-person office moved to the 18th and 19th floors of the midcentury Borg-Warner Building. “It's the oddball building on Michigan Avenue,” says vice president and project lead designer Mark Lauterbach.

“We wanted a space that felt different,” Lauterbach says, “but we wanted it to be neutral.” RTKL sought this effect by developing the public spaces as a play on white. Glossy white concrete floor tiles greet visitors at the 18th floor elevator lobby and extend through a glass wall into the reception area, where a Corian desk, model display stands, and a plaster wall all reinforce the white-on-white motif.

The 18th floor is devoted to shared work areas. Bracketing the reception area are three conference rooms and the glass-enclosed Design Lab, which hosts intensive client workshops at a high-top table and puts the team on display for visitors and RTKL employees. “Clients love that. It's so atypical,” says Lauterbach of the fishbowl effect.

In one corner of the 18th floor, Lauterbach and project designer Jason Peters carved a double-height space out of two 21-foot-square concrete structural bays; it functions as a “third place” where one is likely to find staff working away from their assigned desks.

A ceremonial stair in the double-height space leads to the 19th floor, which is an open studio with a small central library offering seating at the top of the stair. Rows of glass-enclosed, semiprivate offices for the vice presidents line the internal core of the building. Every workstation is open to views of the lake and has natural light from two directions.

The collaborative nature of RTKL's working process informed the choice of furnishings. The firm asked six vendors to set up workstations for its employees to test-drive for a few weeks. At a reception, each manufacturer presented its products, and a vote resulted in the selection of a European design by Alea. Its low partitions preserve the lake views from every desk while promoting interaction and even eavesdropping among team members. “You learn a lot listening to how somebody handles a contractor or a consultant on the phone,” says Lauterbach, who describes this as a form of mentoring.

  • Mark Lauterbach
Vice President 
RTKL

    Credit: Patricia Parinejad

    Mark Lauterbach
    Vice President
    RTKL
 

All of RTKL's old furniture from the Marquette Building was recycled—reused, sold, or donated—as part of the green strategy for the project. While the offices achieved a LEED Silver certification, Lauterbach notes that their commonsense approach to reuse doesn't earn any LEED credits. The new furnishings are intended to be even more sustainable. RTKL hopes to keep durable modern classics like its new Eames chairs in service for three decades or more. “It's about keeping things,” Lauterbach says.

Project: RTKL Chicago Offices
Location: Chicago
Client: RTKL
Architect: RTKL, Chicago—Mark Lauterbach, Daniel White (vice presidents); Michael Schwindenhamme (principal designer); Alan Kirkpatrick, Caesar Vitale (project managers); Kevin Montgomery (project architect); Jason Peters (project designer); Michelle McMinn (interior designer); Aimee Stern (conceptual designer); Todd Kaiser, Erin Grigsby (LEED AP); David Davenport (commissioning agent); Patricia Kazinski (lighting consultant)
M/E/P Engineer Ramm Associates
Structural Engineer: TGRWA
Speciality Systems Consultant: The Whitlock Group
General Contractor: Oscar J. Boldt Construction
Lighting Control Systems Consultant: Lutron Electronics Co.

Product Specs

Seating

Aeron task chairs
Herman Miller Inc.
hermanmiller.com

Mayflower Plastic Stack Chair in white and green
Materia
materia.se

Mayflower Stacking Barstool in white
Materia
materia.se

Mayflower Upholstered Guest Chair
Materia
materia.se

Corian Glacier White laminate on gallery benches
DuPont
dupont.com

B.2 Lounge Chair in white and chrome
Bernhardt Design
bernhardtdesign.com

JoJo Adjustable Height Stools
Allermuir
allermuir.com

Bix seating (booths)
Steelcase
steelcase.com

Eames Aluminum Management Chair
Herman Miller Inc.
hermanmiller.com

Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair
Herman Miller Inc.
hermanmiller.com

Flooring

Concrete 16-by-24-inch field tile in pearl smooth finish
Sadlerstone
sadlerstone.com

Velvet Grid broadloom carpet
Masland Contract
maslandcontract.com

Kinetic broadloom carpet
Masland Contract
maslandcontract.com

Estuary broadloom carpet
Masland Contract
maslandcontract.com

Artesian broadloom carpet
Masland Contract
maslandcontract.com

Veneto linoleum sheet flooring
Johnsonite
johnsonite.com

Etrusco linoleum sheet flooring
Johnsonite
johnsonite.com

Levelrock brand Proflow flooring with wax finish
USG Corp.
levelrock.com


Finishes

CraftWood wallcovering in walnut veneer
SR Wood
srwoodinc.com

Alkemi recycled scrap aluminum countertops with Nebula honed finish
Renewed Materials
renewedmaterials.com

Concealed overhead door closer with 90 degree hold-open
Blumcraft of Pittsburgh
blumcraft.com

Fabric-wrapped pinup panels
Maharam
maharam.com

Binary upholstery fabric
Maharam
maharam.com

Repeat Classic Stripe upholstery fabric
Maharam
maharam.com

Orakel Blume upholstery fabric
Maharam
maharam.com

Color Blox series field tile in A1117
Crossville
crossvilleinc.com

Kho Lang Li series tile in pattern 16904, in white
Royal Mosa
royalmosa.com

Brushed Aluminum plastic laminate
Arborite
arborite.com


Furniture

Office/Team Room tables in aluminum with birch veneer
Alea
aleaoffice.com

Corian Reception Desk
DuPont
dupont.com

Occasional table in glass and chrome
Bernhardt Design
bernhardtdesign.com

Dining and lounge tables in various heights with white tops and chrome bases
Allermuir
allermuir.com

Vox series conference tables in sycamore veneer
Nienkämper
nienkamper.com

Vox series credenzas in sycamore veneer with aluminum trim
Nienkämper
nienkamper.com

White melamine laminate library layout furniture
Kayhan International
kayhan.furnishgroup.com

White melamine laminate storage furniture
Kayhan International
kayhan.furnishgroup.com

Perimeter storage, including cabinets and printer stations, in white melamine laminate
Alea
aleaoffice.com

Skyblend particleboard kitchen cabinets with bamboo veneer
Neil Kelly Cabinet Co.
neilkellycabinets.com


Wall Systems

Aluminum and glass individual office wall system
Infinium Architectural Wall Systems
infiniumwalls.com

Transparent glass panels
Trainor Glass Co.
trainorglass.com

Milk finish glass panels
Trainor Glass Co.
trainorglass.com

Sheetrock
USG Corp.
usg.com


Lighting and Shading

Recessed linear direct staggered lamp Edge 4S with acrylic lens
Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
pinnacle-ltg.com

Calculite Matrix compact fluorescent open downlights
Lightolier
lightolier.com

SL207C Floating Paper 9-by-9-inch forms, spectral architectural lighting
Lightolier
lightolier.com

Recessed Bivergence fixtures with T5 lamps
Zumtobel
zumtobel.us

2RT5 recessed fluorescent downlights
Lithonia Lighting
lithonia.com

LEV-level suspended fixtures with T5 lamps
Énergie
energielighting.com

Combo CO Series recessed MR16 fixtures with Trim
RSA Lighting
rsalighting.com

Lytespan Step spot mini HID track lighting
Lightolier
lightolier.com

Moser pendant fixture with opal handblown glass
Louis Poulsen Lighting
louispoulsen.com

Bella pendant fixture in white pliable acrylic with a satin finish
Énergie
energielighting.com

Sonar 1 frosted lens low-bay pendants with fluorescent lamps
Delray Lighting
delraylighting.com

Flexible white undercabinet LEDs
RSA Lighting
rsalighting.com

Tolomeo Classic task lamps for individual workstations
Artemide
artemide.com

Window shades
Lutron Electronics Co.
lutron.com


Paints

Eco Spec Interior Latex in Flat 219; Eggshell Enamel 223; Semi-gloss Enamel 224
Benjamin Moore & Co.
benjaminmoore.com

Eco Spec Primer Sealer
Benjamin Moore & Co.
benjaminmoore.com


Ceilings

Eurostone sustainable ceiling panels
Chicago Metallic Corp.
chicagometallic.com

Techstyle acoustical ceiling panels in white
Hunter Douglas
hunterdouglascontract.com


Systems Furniture

Zefiro SYS workstation furniture
Alea
aleaoffice.com


Miscellaneous

Wayfinding graphics and artwork on glass
Aion Solutions
aionsolutions.com

Projectors and videoconferencing
The Whitlock Group
whitlock.com

Projectors and videoconferencing controller
Extron Electronics
extron.com

“RTKL” solid acrylic signage blocks
PSI Model Builders