Norix Global Holdings

West Chicago, Illinois


OWNER: Norix Global Holdings

LEAD DESIGN FIRM: Heitman Architects Inc.


CIVIL ENGINEER: Haeger Engineering

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Alta Engineering Ltd.

One Innovation Drive—the official address for this 205,000-sq-ft consolidated headquarters and manufacturing facility—is a testament to the sustainability commitment by furniture maker Norix as the project evolved from its original goal of basic LEED certification to LEED Gold. A rooftop array of more than 3,400 photovoltaic panels is the centerpiece of that effort. The array, combined with energy harvested from 22-ft solar trees incorporated into the landscape, provide at least 95% of the facility’s energy. A majority of solar work was synchronized with the general course of building construction, an effort continually complicated by record rainfall. Rather than invest in attempts to maintain the original schedule, the project team elected to stagger activities through the various weather events, ultimately extending construction by three months.


Photo courtesy Soltys Design Build

The project’s other sustainable attributes include a space-specific HVAC system with sensors, integrated intake louvers and controls that provide a comfortable, energy-efficient indoor environment. Sensor-equipped interior motorized shades along the office glass curtain walls automatically balance interior lighting with outdoor daylight. Outside, the 22-acre site is designed to minimize soil erosion and conserve water with naturalized landscaping that blends into the local flora. 


Photo courtesy Soltys Design Build

Prior to the start of construction, an indoor air quality management plan developed in collaboration with trade representatives allowed for an exceptionally clean site. Pathway interruption, which protected pollutant-sensitive HVAC equipment, also contributed to worker/occupant health and safety. As materials were brought on site, good material housekeeping standards made clear to subcontractors that quality of workmanship was required.