IMEG has received a 2017 Design Award from the Steel Joist Institute for its structural design of the Method Home Products factory in Chicago. The project won the industrial category of the competition, which judged projects on flexibility, speed of construction, value, and aesthetics.
The LEED Platinum building opened in 2015 and is Method’s first U.S. plant, located in Chicago’s historic
Pullman area. The facility includes manufacturing space, a warehouse, and offices for the manufacture of eco-friendly home, fabric and personal care products.
Structural systems include long span steel joists over production areas and the high bay warehouse, supported by steel columns. The entire roof (400 tons of steel joists and joist girders) was designed to achieve maximum economy. The light and airy look of open web steel joists allowed natural light in from the 40 skylights, while being strong enough to support a 2-acre greenhouse on part of the roof.
In addition to structural design, IMEG also provided MEP, fire protection, and technology design, along with architectural lighting services. Architects were William McDonough & Partners and Heitman Architects. Gooder-Henrichsen Co. was the steel joist manufacturer, Aetna Engineering was the steel fabricator, and Summit Design + Build was the general contractor.
The 230,000-square-foot, $13.5 million facility also was named a 2015 ENR Midwest Best Project in the green category.