Chicago, IL

Capital One Cafe, Hyde Park


With its new cafés, Capital One offers banking services in a fun, community coffee shop setting. The design for the Hyde Park café brings this experience to Chicago’s South Side along the rejuvenated 53rd Street corridor. The project includes a 4,500 sq ft renovation in an existing early-1900s masonry and timber-framed building clad with white and green glazed brick and terra cotta. SGH was the structural engineer of record for the project.

Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Evaluating the existing floor framing for new ATMs and temporary construction loads
  • Designing new steel framing to support a new moving glass partition and at openings in existing masonry walls for large bifold windows and doors
  • Providing conceptual shoring details for removing an existing masonry wall
  • Performing water testing to identify sources for water leakage through the masonry wall systems and to confirm the effectiveness of completed repairs
  • Designing new steel anchors and lintels to support salvaged terra cotta moulding between the new bifold windows and existing ribbon windows
  • Strengthening timber framing for new floor drain openings

Project Summary



Completion Date
New Construction | Repair & Rehabilitation
Building Enclosures | Structures | Applied Science & Research
IA Interior Architects | Bulley & Andrews, LLC
Specialized Capabilities
Building Design | Temporary Construction | Condition Assessments | Environmental Simulations

Key team members

Connor Bruns
Connor Bruns
Senior Project Manager