Method South Side Soapbox

Commercial / Mar - Apr 2017

Method South Side Soapbox

March 23, 2017


Industrial precincts traditionally conjure images of smokestacks—gritty, hardened buildings spewing effluents and breeding squalor in their wake. The Method Manufacturing Facility in the historic industrial town of Pullman, Chicago represents an effort to break this stereotype and construct a new, clean industrial model.

“With Method’s factory, we wanted to become native to an urban community and create an example of what manufacturing can look like in the 21st century,” said Adam Lowry, owner of the Method Manufacturing Facility.

Method’s production facility, constructed in partnership with William McDonough + Partners, represents the realisation of a dream, as Lowry puts it, that was based on a foundation of values instead of metrics. 

A large hoarding proclaiming the Method motto “made by and for people against dirty” welcomes visitors into the South Side Soapbox—a witty play on the sustainable soap manufacturer’s efforts at staying ‘clean’. The state-of-the-art manufacturing home was honoured with a LEED Platinum Certification in 2015 in recognition of its meticulous efforts at achieving comprehensive environmental sustainability.

Project Name Method South Side Soapbox
Location Chicago, Illnois, USA
Expected Completion October 2013 (building); November 2015 (soft landscape works)
Completion Date 28 April 2015
Site Area 21.2 acres
Gross Floor Area (occupied by Method) 157,660 square meters
Gross Floor Area (rooftop greenhouses) 75,000 square meters
Number of Rooms Apporximately 30 rooms; most of the floor plan is a large open warehouse
Building Height 57 feet (to top of the greenhouses)
Client Owner Method
Greenhouse Operator Gotham Greens
Design Architect William McDonough + Partners
Executive Architect Heitman Architects Inc
Main Contractor Summit Design + Build
Mechanical &Electrical Engineer KJWW Engineering Consultants
Civil &Stuctural Engineer Spaceco Inc. (Civil); KJWW rengineering Consultnatns (Structural)
Landscape Architect Norris Design
Renewable Energy Consultant Buro Happold
Commisioning Consultant Sieben Energy Associates
Healthy Materials Consultant Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation institute, MBDC
Images/Photos Partsy McEnroe Photography; Zach Mortice; William MCDonough + Partners

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