What traits identify a winner? While the question is surely debatable, ingenuity must certainly be among them. Ingenuity provides the resourcefulness needed to navigate any number of obstacles, expected or unforeseen. Case in point: Putting up a storage facility of more than 500 units with a host of special features in a neighborhood with exacting design requirements—and doing it on a peculiar, triangle-shaped site. Inspired by a warehouse in Chicago that had been converted to retail use, the result is a visually pleasing structure sporting a brick façade, floor to ceiling windows, outdoor sconce lighting, and attractive landscaping. And that’s just on the outside. In the lobby area there’s a 2,000-square-foot “boutique museum”.
By Paul Vachon