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Our mission is to provide exceptional education, networking, career development and leadership opportunities that support and advance the Facility Management profession in Northern Illinois.

Our chapter meets the first Tuesday of every month at various locations.  We offer a tour of the facility, networking time, dinner and a presentation.  On March 7th, we will be meeting at AAR in Wood Dale. 

About our Site:

AAR Corporate Headquarters, Wood Dale, IL

The next generation workplace challenge is facing every corporation today. Legacy facilities that are obsolete for today's workforce must be abandoned or radically transformed to attract and retain talent. 

After a year-long effort planning a new "ground-up" headquarter facility, AAR considered alternate direction. Disruption to existing workforce due to a relocation and the magnitude of significantly higher capital investment for ground-up alternatives led AAR to rethink extensive renovations of their existing facility. Their dark, cluttered 40-year-old was obsolete on all levels. They needed a fresh layout that supported the current work flows. At the same time, they needed to increase the density by adding 100 seats within the existing 4 walls.

 To accomplish this, the workstation was completely reinvented and designed around an existing 20' x 20' column grid that now disappears in a fully utilized, collaborative team environment. Open spaces were created around a more effective density plan, adding skyline atrium and a central full service cafe that creates a company plaza.

The design supports a democratized community where CEO and plant worker whose path had seldom crossed before in the past, can now sit together and catch up on the last 15 years of working toward a common goal.


90,000 SF Corporate Office

Façade Enhancement

Building access and Fresh Landscape Design

COMPLETION - Spring 2016

About our Presentation:

We will learn about:

A. Initial goals of the repositioning project
B. Design concept incorporating workplace strategy
C. Occupancy challenges during construction
D. Culture shift

 About our Speaker:

Karl Heitman, AIA is the Founder and President of Heitman Architects, specializing in corporate office, commercial, and industrial development design including corporate build-to-suit and design-build projects.

The Firm’s focus is on planning and the design of corporate headquarters, R & D laboratories, manufacturing facilities, and logistics facilities. Interior design and corporate branding services are also core competencies of the firm.

Heitman Architects just received CoreNet Global 2016 Sustainable Leadership Award, and were designated NAIOP Chicago Design Firm of the Year in 2014.

AAR in Wood Dale

March 07, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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1100 N. Wood Dale Rd
Wood Dale, IL 60191

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