An 100 year old tradition in Southern Illinois, Louie's P & R approached Architechniques, Ltd. for renovations to their family-owned market's location since 1968. Beginning with the ceiling, the existing 2x4 acoustical ceiling was removed to expose the original stamped metal ceiling. This metal ceiling was cleaned of all paint, repaired in any damanged areas, and repainted.At the walls, the paneling and plaster were removed to expose the original masonry. During demolition, a vintage Gold Medal Flour sign painted onthe masonry was revealed. New drywall accents were added to the walls to give the appearance of deteriorating plaster. New walls and display areas will be constructed around the perimeter of the store to create the feel of an Italian Market. The overall intent of the design is to shift the function of the store towards a restaurant providing a seating space for approximately 30 people.
Architechniques, Ltd. provided full architectural services for the design andconstruction of 2 eight bedroom C.I.L.A. group homes in Herrin, Illinois. Eachfacility is designed as a 3,600 square foot residence housing 8 bedrooms.Energy efficient construction was included to reduce the owner's operatingexpenses. These efficiencies include high efficiency windows, solar tubeskylight lighting, occupancy sensor lighting controls, C.F.L. lighting, spray foamwall and attic insulation as well as an LP emergency generator.
Architechniques, Ltd. provided full architectural services to the Saline County Housing Authority for their Capiral Fund Program IL06P043501-11. This project encompasses repairs to various facade elements and replacement of windows at the Blackman Hi-Rise in Harrisburg, Illinois. The existing façade on the lower level was cast in place concrete columns with concrete panel infill. These panels have become a maintenance problem. New fibercement siding and cast stone has been designed to provide easier maintenance and a more humane scale to this level of the building. There are also severl areas of existing glazing which are being removed and infilled. The storefront system on the south wall of the lower level is being removed and replaced with a more secure and more functional storefront system. The existing glazed curtainwall at the stairs is being replaced with a built wall system. The facade of this new built wall will match the facade of the lower level carrying the design vertically up the building. The windows in the elevator tower are being replaced. The EIFS at the elevator tower is being cleaned and painted to match the color of the new siding. The plaster soffit is also being covered with an EIFS soffit to minimize maintenance. In addition to these facade repairs, 2 small storage and file rooms have been added to the area under the northern overhang allowing the Housing Authority better use of the spaces.
Architechniques provide design and construction administration as well as expertise in facilitating USDA involvement on construction of a 40,000 square foot Supplemented Living Facility in Vienna, Illinois. This project features 46 apartments, common areas such as dining and activity rooms, barber shop, laundry, and center courtyard and pavilion. Apartments are one and two bedroom and have complete kitchens and some feature their own dining rooms. This center is not an Assisted Living Center, is designed as one. The difference is in the level of care, but the features are the same as a traditional Assisting Living Facility.
The Public Building Commission selected Architechniques to master plan, design and oversee the phased construction of the renovations to the existing County Courthouse. In earlier projects the county commissioners had moved the jail and county administrative offices out of this original building, leaving vacated spaces for the expansion of the county and circuit court system spaces. Architechniques designed and implemented a 5 year Master plan which has provided three new courtrooms, renovated four existing court rooms, provided new judge and circuit court offices, provided new and expanded traffic court administrative areas, and has transformed the former jail and sheriff’s office on the third floor into court system offices and administrative spaces as well as a new 911/Dispatch Center.
In 2002 Larry Hughes commissioned Architechniques to assist in designing and overseeing construction of the renovation, and addition to Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. The original structure was built circa 1920, with additions in the 1960’s, and 1980’s. Our challenge was to adhere to the original design styles, while updating the façade of the exterior and interior design.
The BPOE #1146 contracted with Architechniques to provide site selection, design and construction administration for their new 11,000 square foot, fraternal lodge, restaurant and activity center. This provided the 500 plus members with enough accessible space to provide for the lodge activities as well as use of a fully functional rental hall for weddings and parties for added income for the philanthropic organization.
Architechniques, Ltd. was commissioned by the Illinois Capital Development Board to provide full architectural services for a renovation and addition to the forensic unit located in Sycamore Hall at the Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Development Center.
Architechniques, Ltd. and our consultants worked in conjunction with the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB), the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the administration of the facility to provide an appropriate design.