Thu October 6, 2011
KLUBER, INC. OPENS 10 S. SHUMWAY IN OKTOBERFEST STYLE ON OCTOBER 6
Batavia, IL: Kluber, Inc., a full service architectural and engineering firm, was welcomed to downtown Batavia at their Oktoberfest opening on Thursday, October 6 at their new home at 10 S. Shumway The project preserved the building that dates back to the late eighteen hundreds but required extensive repair and replacement of structural damage, replacing the roof, making the building ADA accessible and adding a building fire sprinkler and fire alarm system. Co-Founder of Kluber, Inc. Mike Kluber comments, “This project was especially meaningful to Kluber and we thoroughly enjoyed overcoming all the challenges along the way to return this historic building back to a useful purpose in this downtown community. The energy experts and building designers at Kluber have incorporated advanced technologies in the design of this facility while minimizing the impact on our natural resources and environment.”
City of Batavia Administrator Bill McGrath comments about the public-private partnership with Kluber, Inc., “Seeing an historic building brought back to life was clearly important to the Mayor & City Council, and this project shows how a public–private partnership can help mitigate risk in today’s challenging environment. We will be so pleased to see the Kluber employees become daily downtowners.” Batavia MainStreet Board of Directors President Austin Dempsey welcomes Kluber, Inc. to downtown Batavia, “It is inspiring to see another established Batavia Business making an investment in the downtown, which is the heart of our community. Kluber Inc will be a great addition to the fabric of our downtown and will help us grow and build a better Batavia.”
The wood framed and stone foundation structure originally opened as an opera house. Over the years the building became a movie house, a roller skating rink then, in the 1970’s, became an office and retail building undergoing several renovations throughout its history. The building was vacant for the past three years while Kluber, Inc. has worked on its redevelopment plans.
Kluber, Inc. is a fully integrated, full-service Architectural and Engineering firm. Founded in 1988, Kluber has built a reputation of exemplary service and is a leader in the construction industry. Our solutions embrace our clients’ vision and energize the fabric of our communities. Recent community projects include Oswego East High School, Health Careers Center of Excellence for Elgin Community College, Batavia Fire Stations, Holmstad Town Center, Kendall County Courthouse, Cole Center for Fox Valley Park District and residences for Aurora Housing Authority, Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.
The Batavia MainStreet Program is one of 55 not-for-profit, community based organizations in the state of Illinois and one of six Premier Programs designated in Illinois. The mission of Batavia MainStreet is to enhance the identity of Batavia’s downtown area as the heart of our community. MainStreet members work through the four points: Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion to improve the downtown district. MainStreet volunteers believe the revitalization of Downtown Batavia is essential to our community’s sense of pride, place, and heritage for this and future generations. For more information about Batavia MainStreet or to volunteer, please contact the MainStreet office at (630) 761-3528 or visit their website at downtownbatavia.com.