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Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, has announced construction is complete on the new office and distribution warehouse of Neil Enterprises Inc., Neil Enterprises – Varsity Line, and Illini located at 1000 Woodlands Parkway in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Ware Malcomb provided architecture and interior design services for the project.
Neil Enterprises is a photo novelties and promotional product manufacturer, as well as a leading supplier/distributor of DNP media and special event printers. Neil Enterprises – Varsity Line is a distributor of collegiate gift items to the college bookstore market. Illini is a leading supplier of promotional products in the ad specialty industry. The company's new build-to-suit office and distribution warehouse spans 110,000 square feet, including 20,000 square feet of office space on two floors and 90,000 square feet of production and warehouse space.
The building functions as a working showroom for all three companies' product offerings, incorporating them throughout the space. A striking two-story entry was also created to showcase the rich history of the company, which was founded in 1961 by Jerry Fine.
The interior design features a mix of enclosed offices and meeting spaces within an open office floor plan. A large "town hall" serves as a multi-purpose space for break times and impromptu meetings for employees to engage with each other. The materials utilized on the exterior included precast concrete, aluminum store front glazing, and a stacked stone veneer.
"The design solution reinforces the hard-working nature of this building as it accommodates the multi-faceted business needs of Neil Enterprises while also planning for the company's future growth," said Cameron Trefry, principal of Ware Malcomb's Oak Brook and Chicago offices.
"It was an exciting challenge to bring so much functionality into one space, while increasing collaboration and engagement opportunities for employees," said Dawn Riegel, director, interior architecture and design of Ware Malcomb's Oak Brook and Chicago offices.
The new Neil Enterprises space can be experienced on the firm's Youtube channel. The general contractor for the project was Harbour Contractors Inc.
Ware Malcomb recently relocated to a new, larger office space at 1315 22nd St., Suite 410 in Oak Brook, Illinois, accommodating the growth of the firm's employee and client base in the Chicago and Midwest markets. Ware Malcomb also maintains a second office located at 600 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago.