ED lab INC
Robin Randall

Arlington Heights
Municipal Campus

“Landmark Reflects Historical Context”

Architect: FGM Architects
Senior Designer: Robin Randall
Photography: Hedrich Blessing
Client: Village of Arlington Heights

Completed in 2007
Science of Learning:
A new municipal campus resides adjacent to commuter rail lines on a triangular site. At the points of the triangle stand the public plaza, the new fire station and the new village hall, all landmarks for the community. Historically referencing Richardsonian Romanesque, a style dictated by the village elders, this modern structure, inspires learning through proportion, hierarchy, and the decorative arts. Precast spandrel panels contain decorative leaf patterns and the emblem of Arlington Heights. The clock tower entry is echoed in the plaza tower and fire station tower entry at the appropriate scale for each venue.

Language of Nature:
The community plaza hosts seasonal farmers markets and areas for local festivities. Green screens are used to shield the existing parking lot from the plaza and passing trains. The forecourt of the village hall provides a seasonal gathering area for impromptu meetings and functions. The roof garden adjacent to the board room and conference rooms is used for weddings and ceremonies. This project was designed to LEED certification standards.

Art of Innovation:
The four story atrium acts as a light well above the main circulation. This element separates the existing parking structure from the new village hall and serves as the conduit to access all levels and departments. Bridges on the upper levels over look the terrazzo flooring patterns and decorative mosaic tiles accenting stairs and reception areas. This community facility is a comfortable village living room, a forum for public debate, and a timeless landmark.

FGM Architects Awards:
  • 2008 APWA Suburban Branch of the Chicago Metro Chapter, Project of the Year Award, Structures $25 Million to $75 Million
  • 2008 Illinois Indian Masonry Council Excellence in Masonry, Craftsmanship Award
  • Midwest Construction Magazine Best of 2008 Awards, Public Works Award of Merit
  • 2007 Primedia’s Station Style Award, Silver Metal