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The Gelber Group

This privately held trading company located in Chicago is a 45,000 sf renovation of a former retail space on a single floor. In order to provide necessary instantaneous access to information, each of the workstations is equipped with four servers and twelve monitors, providing space for 200 traders. In order to maintain comfortable human surroundings in such a technology-heavy environment, a complex air distribution system was installed consisting of a combination of under floor air and ducted ceiling air.

Attention was also given to the coordination of systems to provide flexibility over time as needs change and offer a high level of electric power redundancy. A distinct minimalist aesthetic defines the new offices for this privately held trading company. Ample workstations receive evenly modulated light from custom designed soffits that define the new interventions within the loft-like space while providing acoustic absorption. A serene rock edge and cafeteria were designed to bring relief to the day-to-day intensity of the trading firm.

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