October 11, 2023 (Lake Zurich, Ill.) – PREMIER Design + Build Group and client Alpha Tekniko gathered recently to celebrate the official grand opening of a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. According to Ted and Tia Lazakis, founders of Alpha Tekniko, this celebration marks the next chapter for this innovative manufacturing company.
The couple launched Alpha Tekniko in 2008 from a rented, 20,000-square-foot facility in Lake Zurich. Their business outgrew that space by 2016, and the company moved to a 55,000-square-foot building. As volumes continued to grow, the founders made the decision to invest in creating their own manufacturing and warehouse facility. Alpha Tekniko is a contract manufacturer serving the healthcare industry. The firm designs, develops, and produces sophisticated support surfaces including high-tech mattresses, cushions, and pads to fit an array of medical equipment like hospital beds, operating room tables, and wheelchairs.
In March 2022, the founders purchased the property at 1400 Rose Road in Lake Zurich and selected PREMIER to manage design + build services for a permanent home. Construction began in October 2022. The recently completed, 88,000-square-foot building is primarily designed for manufacturing operations with some additional space devoted to offices. It has eight dock positions and two drive-in doors.
Building “green” was high on the list of priorities for the company owners. Their new headquarters is fully solar-powered thanks to an array of 444 solar panels. Sustainable elements include high-efficiency rooftop HVAC units, high R-value precast concrete panels that increase insulating effectiveness, special emissions towers for air purification, motion-sensitive lighting, and VOC-free paints.
“We also made the decision to build ‘up’ rather than ‘out,’” explained Tia Lazakis. “The new structure has a ceiling height of 40 feet, which means it has a 25 percent smaller footprint. The reduced footprint means rain can more easily be absorbed into the ground rather than turning into stormwater runoff.” Intentional design planning also helped save more than two acres of existing trees across the site. Other sustainable elements include EV charging capabilities in parking areas and the maximum amount of no-mow lawn vegetation and perennial plantings allowable under village code.
“This assignment was a prime example of how we collaborate during the design-build process to deliver a facility that meets the precise needs of our client,” explained PREMIER’s Stefan Olson who served as project manager on the Alpha Tekniko build. “Throughout the project, we worked in tandem with the owners to create an environment that is tailored to their unique requirements. From designing structural steel to accommodate the added load of the solar array on the roof to creating infrastructure for a compressed air system on the manufacturing floor, we worked hand-in-hand to create the perfect home for the company’s next phase.”
Olson worked with PREMIER colleagues Dan Vanderbiest as superintendent and Joseph Ahrens, senior vice president/Midwest market leader, on the project. PREMIER’s partners included Cornerstone Architects Ltd. for architectural design services and SpaceCo for civil engineering.
About PREMIER Design + Build Group
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