The Record Box

Wood Window Replication

Historical Background

The Record Printing and Box Company Building was built as a manufacturing and office building located at 15 Carlyle Street in Battle Creek, Michigan. Eugene Cole owned the Record Printing & Box Company and built the structure in 1902. They printed cereal boxes for the Kellogg and Postum Cereal companies. The growth of breakfast food was exploding onto the American market and Cole’s business grew to 150 employees, with presses running 24 hours a day to keep up with demand. The commercial brick building has been used for many different business ventures for over 100 years until sold to the Battle Creek Community Foundation in 2003. Restore(269) bought it to redevelop it in 2017. The project is a Federal Tax Credit Project and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

BlackBerry's Role

  • Provided Historic Window Site Review to assist in Federal Tax Credit Approval, as well as preliminary budget pricing.
  • Supplied and installed 109 replica wood windows using Quaker H503 Single Hung Series, thermally broken aluminum windows.
  • Designed custom exterior panning and sill assembly to replicate the original wood exterior.

Current Use

Restore(269) created a dynamic design and community focus for their Record Box redevelopment. The project incorporates a mixed-use space that includes an event space, brewery, technology and shared work spaces. It has helped to anchor the downtown redevelopment and needed community space. Owners Cody and Caitlyn Newman completed the project in 2019.

Project Team

  • Owner: Cody and Caitlyn Newman
  • Architect: Driven by Design Studio
  • Construction Manager: Cody Newman
  • Completed 2019

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