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  6. William McDonough Designs Ultra "Clean" Manufacturing Facility for Method

William McDonough Designs Ultra "Clean" Manufacturing Facility for Method

William McDonough Designs Ultra "Clean" Manufacturing Facility for Method
William McDonough Designs Ultra "Clean" Manufacturing Facility for Method, © William McDonough + Partners
© William McDonough + Partners

William McDonough + Partners has been selected to design Method’s first U.S. manufacturing facility on a brownfield site in Chicago’s historic Pullman community. The company, known for producing environmentally conscious cleaning products, commissioned McDonough to design an ultra clean, LEED Platinum facility constructed from Cradle to Cradle Certified materials and powered entirely by renewable energy.

“So often, in the first industrial revolution, factories were dirty. We have these images of factories as gritty buildings with smokestacks—facilities that no families would want in or near their neighborhoods,” explained William McDonough. 

“Method’s new manufacturing home is a clean home—using clean energy, water and materials to create innovative household products.  The manifestation of ‘industrial hygiene’ at this scale is beneficial to communities; it provides jobs and it is embodied by a facility that is a delightful neighbor—your kids can play safely here. Entrepreneurial companies like Method are modeling a new, clean industrial model for our country. It’s a genuine pleasure to work with them.”

© William McDonough + Partners
© William McDonough + Partners

Equipped with refurbished wind turbines, solar photovoltaic tree-like car canopies and solar thermal panels, the state-of-the-art site will also facilitate native land renewal across the 22 acres while extending into the surrounding communities to enhance pedestrian access and connect workers to mass transit opportunities. 

In addition to this, the team will focus on utilizing Cradle to Cradle Certified building materials that are safe for human and ecological health, as well as providing ample amounts of natural light and visual outdoor exposure for their workers. 

  • Architects

  • Location

    614 East 113th Street, Chicago, IL 60628, United States
  • Contractor

    Summit Design + Build, LLC
  • Collaborator

    Heitman Architects Incorporated
  • Structural and MEP Engineers

  • Civil Engineers

  • Landscape Architects

    Norris Design
  • Renewable Energy Consultant

    Buro Happold
  • Commissioning Consultant

    Sieben Energy Associates
  • Healthy Materials Assessments

  • Certified Product Material Coordination

    Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "William McDonough Designs Ultra "Clean" Manufacturing Facility for Method" 07 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884