Wold Completes Renovation and Revitalization of Palatine Village Hall

Photo credit: Steve Silverman PhotographyIn Palatine, Illinois, the Village Hall served as the village’s operational base for nearly 40 years. Originally constructed as part of the former Palatine High School, the facility was repurposed in the late 1970s to become the Village Hall. As Palatine’s civic needs expanded and technology advanced, the Village fo

und that the building’s layout and condition no longer served their needs. In 2014, after reviewing several options, Palatine officials hired Wold Architects and Engineers to undertake the substantial interior and exterior renovation of their Village Hall. 

An Historic Building Designed for the Future. Led by Partner Matt Bickel, Wold’s team assessed the state of the facility. “We knew we were starting with a mid-century building that had been constructed in multiple phases with subsequent remodels, and that didn’t adequately meet the current needs of the village and its residents,” said Bickel. “In addition, the mechanical systems were failing so this was an opportunity to give the Village Hall a renovation and revitalization – essentially a fresh start.”

Photo credit: Steve Silverman PhotographySince the original building was never designed to serve as government offices, the new space needed to be welcoming, well-organized and efficient. Village offices included administration, planning and zoning, finance, human resources, information systems, community services and other departments. To accommodate the needs of all, the Wold team worked closely with the Village of Palatine to create an environment both for the people who worked in the facility and for residents who rely on the space for events or services. 

Wold’s approach to the facility’s new design reflects the history as well as the current fabric of the Palatine community. First, the team relocated the main entrance, which is now a two-story atrium space filled with natural light. For staff, work areas were redesigned to integrate shared workspace amenities and to create areas for collaborative interaction. For visitors and community members, the first floor was transformed to house public services, including new customer service counters that can help residents with permits, payments and more; and a 25-seat community space adjacent to the main entrance that functions as a flexible classroom, training or event space. The council chambers were also expanded to better support the needs of council members. Reflecting the Village’s commitment to making Village Hall a building for the people of Palatine, the team added a larger, upper level community meeting room with audio-visual equipment that serves as overflow space for council meetings. The space is designed to hold up to 120 people, making it ideal as a community meeting area or for larger special events. 

Photo credit: Steve Silverman Photography

The renovation also gave Wold the opportunity to bring the facility’s mechanical and electrical systems into the new century. With a goal towards high-efficiency; the team replaced the mechanical and electrical systems and modified the facility’s floor plates. Finally, the exterior of the building was completely reconstructed to improve the thermal efficiency of the exterior envelop and to give the facility a new identity.

Photo credit: Steve Silverman Photography

Open to the Public.  Palatine’s Village Hall is now re-opened and ready to serve the needs of the community well into the future, and will host a grand opening tour and celebration later this fall. The Wold team met their objectives to recreate the image of the village’s local government, improve the experiences of community members and visitors, and create an improved workplace environment.

“The Village of Palatine has been a terrific partner throughout the process,” said Bickel. “And with an office in Palatine, everyone at Wold is especially gratified to be able help enhance and support our own community with this project.”