Uptown United

Project Details

Company Name: Uptown United
Location: Chicago, IL
Space Type: Non-profit Organization

Rework was approached by our partner, SmithGroup, about a full design opportunity with a non-profit organization, Uptown United. We were an ideal fit for this project due to our commitment to the non-profit community. Our ability to work with a wide variety of clients, budgets and project scopes is what ultimately set us up for success.

Because our client bought the space rather than leasing, we knew we had to design something that would stand the test of time. We spent time upfront thinking outside the box to design a space with a unique aesthetic and quality finishes that wouldn’t break the bank.

We began by scouring the vast inventory of high-quality, pre-owned furniture for the basics in our Chicago-based warehouse. A selection of height-adjustable workstations, seating and monitor arms were refurbished to “like new” condition and fit perfectly within the space. Using a “high / low” approach gave our client the ability to save a considerable amount of budget for larger ticket wish list items. Ultimately, clever value engineering is what enabled Uptown United to include a variety of brand new items in their new space including a Kimball Media Cart, a dual phone booth for small meetings and video conference calls, a community table with power, new training tables and coordinating seating. Knowing what to save and splurge on is half the battle when designing a space, and it’s this thoughtful perspective that ensures Rework’s finished product is one our clients can be proud of.