Building Blocks was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1983. Our first major project was restoring the behemoth Merchandise Mart’s terra cotta facade during the mid-1980s. From there, we earned a respected reputation in the facade restoration industry over subsequent decades.
When facade restoration began to utilize alternate materials to replace terra cotta, glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) quickly became a frontrunner. GFRC proved able to reproduce the fine detail and complex shapes of terra cotta in virtually indistinguishable colors and finishes. The shorter production timeline, lighter weight, faster erection, and more economical price of GFRC earned it favor with our clients.
As Building Blocks gained expertise with GFRC, we began to work with it in new construction projects. Our team quickly fell in love with the design flexibility, wide variety of finishes, and seemingly limitless applications of the material. This side of our business eclipsed the restoration division and over time the need for tighter control of our GFRC supply emerged.
In response, we opened the Building Blocks GFRC manufacturing facility in Florida to bring our projects industry-best material. Today, we proudly design, engineer, manufacture, and install GFRC wall systems made in the USA. This innovative material facilitates curvilinear architecture, provides higher performance prefabricated walls, delivers faster rates of enclosure, and pushes the boundaries of what a curtainwall can be.