Topweb, LLC, formerly known as Newsweb Corporation, is a commercial, cold web offset printing company that specializes in the printing of community, college and ethnic newspapers for the Chicago area. Topweb averages 170 foreign language, alternative and other newspapers each week. Their reputation for quickly and efficiently responding to their clients’ needs resulted in a growing customer base.
In response to the increased demand, Topweb asked The Austin Company to design, engineer and construct a new facility to effectively support their growth, improve processes, and expand capabilities. Based on the area program requirements prepared by Austin, the new facility totaled 72,000 SF, including 1st Floor of 57,000 SF and Mezzanine of 15,000 SF.
The new facility was organized into three major functional areas:
Warehousing: Approximately 16,700 SF of space was assigned as storage for newsprint, preprints and supplies, and recycling operations.
Press and Packaging Production: Approximately 33,600 SF houses current and new equipment, including the Goss Universal-70 press.
Office, Imaging and Pre-Press Areas: Approximately 19,000 SF of space was designed for offices, pre-press operations, training, lunchroom and additional space for future use.
In addition, an employee parking area to accommodate roughly 50 cars was included in the site work. The parking area was constructed of pervious concrete, allowing water to penetrate the surface and absorb into an 18” rock sub base. This sustainable approach eliminated the need for a large and costly underground water retention system.