British rockers, The FIXX, helped Bancroft Architects + Engineers and Building First Nations open their new headquarters in suburban Chicago on Sunday night, November 14. The band, known for their multiple chart-topping hits in the United States, “One Thing Leads to Another,” “Saved by Zero,” “Red Skies,” and “Stand or Fall,” had the crowds on their feet and dancing in celebration of the grand opening for the new, state-of-the-art center.
The cool November weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds who gathered to celebrate. With food trucks and fire pits on the outdoor patios, and the music stage in The Bancroft’s auditorium, the companies were able to host employees and their families, as well as friends, clients, and vendors.
“These companies represent the best in American small business,” said Paul Rosenfeld, president of one of the region’s most prominent lobbying firms and an invited guest to the party. “To see what they’ve done, the growth and success they’ve achieved in the last couple of years, is astonishing. The beautiful thing is they’ve earned it. This building, The Bancroft, is the perfect representation of their hard work and success. This is one of the best small business corporate headquarters in the country. It’s obvious how much the employees’ quality of life is stressed here.”
The band made no secret of the fact that they loved performing at The Bancroft. “I don’t even know what you guys do, but I want to work here,” said lead singer Cy Curnin during The FIXX’s encore. During the band’s sound checks, they discovered the incredible acoustic qualities of the auditorium. “It’s like performing in a giant recording studio in terms of the purity of the sound in here, even with a more than a hundred people in the room.”
The Bancroft is the home to a group of set-aside certified small businesses that operate in cooperative independence in associated spaces in the same industries, using one another as resources to capture contracts and minimize reliance on outside subcontracts. With current projects in 22 states, the companies provide complete design-build services for healthcare, life sciences, and biotechnical facilities.