Scale, proportion, texture and charm unite in this 225 seat restaurant - a local favorite in Libertyville, Illinois.
In a continuing relationship, the restaurateur embarked on this project with the simple directive that if Gillespie Design Group designed a building inviting enough to attract patrons inside a first time, he will make sure they come back again. Based on results, both owner and architect lived up to the challenge!
An apparently unsophisticated exterior conceals a highly specialized, cutting-edge, complex food manufacturing plant, producing items as wide ranging as juices, deli-salads, baked goods and ice-cream, to name a few.
The new 129,000 SF Roundy's Commissary in Kenosha, Wisconsin, showcases multiple production capabilities, a variety of thermally isolated environments - spanning from minus 40 to plus 40 degrees - supported by production equipment carried on a myriad of hidden mezzanines, fed by a steady supply of fresh commodities.
When bringing home the Roundy's brand products - at stores such as Pick'n Save, Mariano's, or Copps - know they passed through this Roundy's Commissary.
Quantum Foods, a 200,000 SF USDA meat production facility, along with multiple other facilities of Quantum Foods, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, is representative of many USDA, FDA, ABA and other food production facilities that Gillespie Design Group has worked on over the years.
This state-of-the-art facility processes sides of beef, cutting them into various sized steaks for national chain restaurants, among other products.
Gillespie Design Group, having provided design services for facilities processing beef, pork and seafood over the years, is not partial to carnivorous-related facilities. In fact, Gillespie Design Group has worked on many projects processing salads, vegetables, fresh produce and fruit, as well as baked goods.
Chemtool Incorporated was founded in 1963 and grew into an internationally respected manufacturer of lubricants and oil based technologies for industrial applications, supplying the largest corporations of the world in the automotive, steel, aircraft and lubrication industries.
In need of new manufacturing space, Chemtool retained Gillespie Design Group to assist with multiple additions, building projects, and renovations resulting in their 340,000 SF facility, located on a 150 acre campus in Rockton, Illinois.
Based in Germany, ZF Services is a global leader in chassis and driveline technology.
Gillespie Design Group has worked on numerous projects over the years, including a 130,000 SF addition, at the 292,000 SF North American ZF Headquarters in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Along with new manufacturing, warehousing, and office areas, the facility arrangement includes specialty areas designed exclusively to receive and service the 17.5 ton wind turbines, the ones located in wind farms visible from interstates. Yes, after so many rotations their transmissions need a checkup, too.
Where does that catch of the day come from and how can we know it is fresh? Minutes from O'Hare Airport, Fortune Fish operates a state of the art seafood processing plant of 110,000 SF in Bensenville, Illinois, ready to ship the freshest food products throughout the Midwest.
Lending design assistance, Gillespie Design Group has helped gut, scale, skin and fillet the building as Fortune has become one of the largest seafood distributors in the country, assuring the tastiest fin fish, shell fish, tuna and lobster are delivered to market.
Fineblanking is a fascinating and exceptionally precise metal forming process, utilized when extremely tight dimensional tolerances are required. A fineblanking manufacturing facility, likewise, requires a precisely designed building.
Gillespie Design Group provided design services for a 60,000 SF addition as well as the renovation of an existing 30,000 SF building - a building with which Dave Gillespie had an earlier professional history - when Precision Resource decided to relocate in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Many of the metal components in our vehicles have been manufactured here.
Popular opinion may suggest it is better not seeing how sausage is made. However, is it an impressive labor of love, fueled by old world recipes, requiring patience and endurance.
Having served as architect for a few sausage manufacturers, including Alef Sausage & Deli, a 35,000 SF sausage plant in Mundelein, Illinois, Gillespie Design Group has seen the sausage production close up.
Gillespie Design Group works closely with the proprietors, blending their personal touch with state -of-the-art processing equipment and an efficiently organized plan. And don't worry, photos here will still not reveal the inner workings of sausage making.
This 19,000 SF industrial building located in the Corporate Ridge Business Park in Genoa City, Wisconsin, accommodates Tri-Stone, an architectural cast stone company.
Not only is Gillespie Design Group proud of the building, but also of the relationship with Tri-Stone over the years, employing the use of impressive Tri-Stone products on various other projects where appropriate.
Highland Baking is a multi-generational, family owned company, schooled in the traditions and fueled by passion for the craft of bread baking.
From its founding, Gillespie Design Group has enjoyed a professional relationship with Highland Baking Company, beginning with multiple projects on their previous facilities and eventually continuing to provide architectural design on several more projects at their current baking facility of 311,000 SF in Northbrook, Illinois.
Gillespie Design Group shares Highland Baking's attitude that it is all about the quality, the freshness, the taste and the service.
Rollomatic is a Swiss manufacturer specializing in the design and production of high precision CNC machines for production grinding and laser cutting.
When their North American headquarters, Rollomatic USA, located in Mundelein, Illinois, needed expansion, they tapped Gillespie Design Group to lead the design efforts.
Having placed into effect corporate sustainability measures, Rollomatic requested Gillespie Design Group to take the lead on implementing a photovoltaic system that makes sense - both from a business and environmental perspective.
This resulted in the arrangement of 698 solar panels on their 28,000 SF facility, a roughly 200 kW system.
Defoamers, though perhaps sounding like a punch line for a riddle, are actually used to control foam in the production of beverages like punch.
Defoamers, antifoams and silicone compounds are just a few of the products manufactured at the 125,000 SF facility of AMS in Burlington, Wisconsin.
Gillespie Design Group is assisting AMS with renovations and additions to the building.
An extremely strong vision and good deal of effort combined to repurpose a vacated 60,000 SF grocery store in Beloit, Wisconsin, into an inviting campus for a high-tech industry.
Gillespie Design Group served as architect during this building and neighborhood transformation, including the renovation of the interiors, designing an addition, facade improvements and site planning.
Food packaging is not simply about efficiency and logistics, but also demands the clean, protected, allergen-controlled, and, at times, thermally isolated spaces to assure food safety.
Gillespie Design Group has worked with various food packaging companies, including Bauderer at their facility in Addison, Illinois.
Sitting on the corner of a commercially zoned property in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the goal for this new speculative multi-tenant retail development was to maximize the tenant space while being respectful of the nearby residential district.
Employing rich materials, forms and details to help reduce its impact on the neighborhood, the two-building 17,500 SF development evokes traditional images common to buildings in small communities. Gillespie Design Group served as architect for the shell buildings as well as designing the tenant improvements.
Celebrating the cocoa bean in its many forms - ranging from sweet to savory delectables - provides the inspiration for The Chocolate Sanctuary, located in Gurnee, Illinois.
Such an enticingly named venue requires an equally inspiring environment - intimate dining coupled with the chocolate bar and chocolate boutique - to complete the escape into The Chocolate Sanctuary.
Nearing the buildout of the McHenry Corporate Center, the developers tapped Gillespie Design Group to assist in the site planning of the major frontage of the corporate campus along Route 31, also serving as the southern entrance into the City of McHenry, Illinois.
That site now includes a Hampton Inn as well as this elegantly designed Dunnhills, a new 325 seat restaurant that blends the expectations of corporate tenants with those of McHenry residents seeking an upscale environment for special occassions. Gillespie Design Group subsequently renovated Dunnhills into Marzano's Wood Fired Italian Restaurant, complete with a wood-burning pizza oven. (Since, this building is serving a location of Bulldog Ale House.)
Justen Funeral Home and Crematory is the oldest business in McHenry, Illinois, still operated by members of the original family.
When the fourth generation decided it was time to build a new funeral home, they retained Gillespie Design Group as their architect, sharing their wisdom and experience garnered from a lifetime of experience within the profession.
The resulting facility of approximately 19,000 SF provides the setting for a comforting and supportive environment to the community.