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RedBuilt features project by Hardin Builders, Inc.

RedBuilt™, a leader in the design, manufacture and support of patented engineered structural wood products for commercial and industrial applications, recently featured a Hardin Builders, Inc. project – Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery.

Specialty’s Café serves made-from-scratch breakfasts, lunches and baked goods. Yet this 7,000 square foot dine-in or take-out café provides guests with more than just good food.

“The building is unique from a design standpoint for its use of exposed wood trusses, glass, and steel,” says General Contractor Neil Hardin. “It offers a West-coast type of design creating a unique Midwest look.”

To achieve the sloped roofline, RedBuilt’s tapered Red-H™ open-web trusses with RedLam™ LVL chords were specified. The 13 trusses are 72” deep at one end and 24” at the other. While at the manufacturing plant, additional effort was made to ensure no finger joints were revealed within the chords as the trusses are in an exposed application.

“As a design-build project, you need efficiency,” explains Hardin. “RedBuilt was efficient, accommodating and delivered the product per expectations. The trusses were ready for installation without any customizing. This doesn’t happen often, usually there is something I have to adjust.”

“I’ve gotten other jobs based on this one,” says Hardin. “Other opportunities presented themselves because of our timely construction on this project. Keeping to strict schedules goes a long way in developing credibility and RedBuilt was a key partner in our success.”

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Construction Underway – Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery

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Construction Underway – Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery

Chicago, Illinois – June 15, 2015 – Neil Hardin President of Hardin Builders, Inc., is pleased to announce that construction is underway for the new flagship restaurant Specialty’s Cafe and Bakery. The new restaurant is being constructed at 17W626 Butterfield Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

Hardin Builders, Inc. has been selected as the general contractor and is providing construction management services. Genzler Architects is serving as project architect for this build-to-suit project. Construction began in late May, 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2015.

About Hardin Builders, Inc.
Established in 2003, Hardin Builders, Inc. has set the standard for commercial building in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. Hardin Builders, Inc. offers integrated design/build and build-to-suit construction services for the manufacturing, distribution office, healthcare, hospitality, recreational, retail and multi-family markets and is recognized for unique architectural design, unparalleled craftsmanship, extraordinary quality, and exceptional service.

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About Specialty’s Café and Bakery
Founded in San Francisco in 1987 by Dawn Sandnes and Craig Saxton, each Specialty’s location features an exhibition kitchen where premium sandwiches, wholesome soups and organic salads are handmade and where fresh breads, pastries, and cookies are mixed and baked from scratch daily. And, with their coffee/espresso partner, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, there is a full range of hot, iced and blended Peet’s beverages that will perfectly complement any Specialty’s meal. When this award-winning menu is combined with its proprietary cutting-edge technology and prompt delivery or pick-up service, the Specialty’s concept and experience is unrivaled in the food service industry and it why Specialty’s has become a favorite among consumers as well as the preferred corporate caterer of top companies throughout San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Seattle and Chicago.

Chicago’s Iconic Skyscrapers

The cradle of modern architectureChicago is known for its spectacular skyline. In the United States, it’s second only to New York City in the number of buildings rising taller than 500 feet. Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City graces the cover of Wilco’sYankee Hotel Foxtrot; the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Building)was the tallest in the world until the Petronas towers were built in 1998; the Crain Communications Building was a set in the 1980s cult-classic Adventures in Babysitting. British artist Al Boardman recently created an animated film celebrating the city’s most-iconic buildings. “Creating a short video about just five great buildings is doing this city a massive disservice, as there are many and this is simply my thoughts,” writes Boardman on his site. Catch the video below.

Chicago – Five Great Buildings from Al Boardman on Vimeo.

For more adventures in residential architecture. – The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust presents Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago—a new bus tour featuring exterior interpretations and interior tours of the world-renowned architect’s most famous Chicago designs. Get more information here.

Main Story Credits: Diana Budds via DWELL