Forward Space Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters
Steelcase Furniture Dealership Hosts Ribbon-Cutting to Debut Showroom/Office/Warehouse
Forward Space, LLC, a woman-owned office furniture provider and authorized Steelcase dealer, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and virtual grand opening Dec. 7 to celebrate its new headquarters in suburban Chicago. The company’s new hub combines 78,319 square feet of warehouse space with 22,420 square feet that serves as both open office workspace and an extensive product showroom. PREMIER Design + Build Group (“PREMIER”) was the general contractor for the project. The new building is located at 650 N. Wood Dale Road in Wood Dale, IL.
“Our new home reflects the core purpose of Forward Space, which is helping customers create innovative work environments that inspire people to excel,” explained Jenny Niemann, principal owner and CEO of Forward Space. “It allows us to showcase the incredible array of furniture systems, space division solutions, wall coverings, flooring, and architectural products that we use to bring spaces to life. We’re so excited to give our employees and customers this amazing place in which to work, learn, and create.”
PREMIER began phased work on Forward Space’s interiors in January 2020 after completing construction of the 100,739-square-foot building. The climate-controlled warehouse space, which has a 32’ clear height and twelve dock doors, was ready for occupancy in March. The warehouse space provides flexibility for the firm’s operations and installation teams and gives customers the option to store their products through Forward Space’s Asset Management program.
During the second phase, PREMIER worked closely with the Forward Space team, and Sarah Kuchar and Rachel Benitez of Kuchar Studio, which provided architectural and interior design services for the open office and showroom spaces.
Highlights of the project include:
- Extensive millwork for product display, including “The Sandbox,” a 16-foot-high installation that spans the building’s entire west wall
- High-end finishes throughout the space
- Dramatic custom light fixtures
- Acoustic “cloud” ceilings
- Demountable wall systems
- Wallcoverings and plaster wall finishes
- Work café and barista area with a double-sided LED fireplace feature
- Huddle and quiet rooms
“Every one of our clients is different, so we curated this space to offer a vast selection of choices from the moment someone walks through our doors,” said Niemann. “We’re showcasing a wide range of products throughout our new home, including Steelcase, Forward Space’s main-line manufacturer and the largest commercial furniture manufacturer in the world.”
PREMIER’s team included Phil Van Duyne as project manager and Scott Lebak as project superintendent, working with Michael Long, senior vice president and Midwest market leader, and senior vice president of field operations Ronald Nelsen. In addition to serving as general contractor, PREMIER provided mechanical engineering, HVAC, and custom product installation services.
“The Forward Space headquarters is a designer’s dream,” said Van Duyne. “I’ve been in the industry for more than 30 years, but I’ve never seen anything like this. From special plumbing and lighting to custom wall and ceiling treatments, this is an extraordinary display of design possibilities.”
Forward Space formed in 2014 and has charted considerable growth since then. In addition to the new Wood Dale headquarters, the firm has a newly renovated satellite office in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Forward Space will also open the doors to a new showroom in Milwaukee’s Harbor District later this month.
To learn more about how Forward Space can help you furnish your space, call (312) 942-1100 or visit forwardspace.com to learn more.
About Forward Space
Forward Space, LLC helps corporate, education and healthcare clients propel their organizations forward, bringing to life the spaces and environments that are designed precisely for their purpose. We offer comprehensive service and support for workspace planning, procurement, delivery, installation, and on-going maintenance to support our clients’ goals and vision for tomorrow. With interior designs and products to meet any budget, our focus is on the greater Chicagoland and Milwaukee marketplaces; however, we also offer national service and support capabilities. We are a woman-owned business and proud to represent the Steelcase Inc. product lines.
About PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC
PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC provides a full range of design + construction services for industrial, commercial, medical, multifamily, and adaptive reuse projects. From office build-outs to large-scale industrial facilities, every PREMIER project benefits from the company’s strong client focus and concept-to-completion success strategy. PREMIER has been named to the Crain’s Chicago Business “Fast 50” list of the Chicago area’s fastest growing companies for the past five years running. For more information, visit http://www.pdbgroup.com/.