This is the latest drawing of how a building being
proposed by Object Controls to be built in Richfield’s
Endeavor Business Park will look after construction. The
village’s Architectural Review Committee has tabled
approval of the building’s design after raising
questions about some of the materials for the building’s
exterior possibly not meeting village rules.
RICHFIELD — Approval of a design
plan for a new building being proposed in the village’s Endeavor
Industrial Park has been tabled because of concerns expressed by
members of the Architectural Review Committee over some of the
materials proposed to be used on the building’s exterior.
Object Controls is proposing the construction of a nearly
12,600-square-foot building on about 2.65 acres at the end of
“Their request was tabled because they were using materials on their
building that are prohibited by code,” said Village Administrator
Jim Healy. “The way the code is written does allow the Architectural
Review Board the discretion to consider it in very limited
circumstances, but they could only really approve it if they felt it
was an ‘exceptional design.’ The design, in my opinion, may have had
a lot of redeeming qualities and I think they are close, but the
committee gave them some ideas for similar types of materials that
have a smooth finish, aren’t profiled and have a concealed
Object Controls is a manufacturing company located in the Town of
Polk. The company has been in business for 25 years. It performs a
range of automation, mechanical design, electrical design,
machining, installation and consulting services.
“There is the potential (for the Richfield site) to expand in the
future to the west and south for another 7,940 square feet bringing
the potential footprint to about 20,500 square feet,” Healy said.
“Of the total footprint, most of the area will be utilized as their
manufacturing area with the southernmost of the design to be used as
an office area.”
According to documents provided by the village, the primary building
material on the site is “Colonial Red” corrugated metal as a
horizontal element on the east and south elevation entrance and
“Driftwood” and “Zinc Gray” Kinspan KS Mini-Wave on the vertical
elements of the more domineering elevations.
“The Kinspan product is an insulated panel, but closely resembles
corrugated metal or ‘wrinkled tin.’ While the Kinspan product does
have a concealed fastener, the sample provided to staff is not a
‘flush, non-profiled face’ as required by village code,” Healy said.
“Therefore, both of their dominant architectural elements, in the
opinion of staff, are not permitted by code because they are
corrugated and profiled.”
Healy said staff would strongly encourage the board to err on the
side of caution when considering whether this design qualifies for
an exemption as being “exceptional.”
“While there are redeeming qualities for this industrial building,
globally speaking, this opens the door for potentially more
buildings to be petitioned with a prohibited building material that
does not provide a high assess value or aesthetic appeal to the
community,” Healy said.
Chris Manske, architect and co-owner of Keller Inc. who will
construct the building, said they understand the specific language
in village code had been written to avoid use of wrinkled tin.
“But we believe that our design for the Object Controls building in
Richfield achieves the intent of the various criteria of the
exterior design guidelines and will in fact be an attractive
facility within the Endeavor Park,” Manske said.
Healy said the Architectural Review Board will discuss the issue at
its next meeting on July 17.