Monthly Archive: April 2014

A Green Factory to Crop Up in Chicago

While most 19th century manufacturing hubs were known for their poor working conditions, the Pullman District on Chicago’s South Side was the country’s first model industrial town designed to provide a safer and healthier environment for the Pullman sleeping company’s workers. Over a century later, Method, the green cleaning products brand, is now carrying on the District’s progressive legacy with the construction of its new 150,000-square-foot sustainable factory. The company asked William McDonough + Partners to design its sprawling building, spanning roughly five acres on a brownfield site where the original Pullman lumberyard once stood. Prior to construction of its new facility, Method has committed to cleaning up the 22-acre property, and then transforming it into lush parkland for its employees and the surrounding community.

Newsmaker: Stephen Selkowitz

From 1985 to 2011, Selkowitz headed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s building-technologies department, where he was the driving force behind a just-completed plug-and-play testing complex, the Facility for Low Energy Experiments (FLEXLab). On April 3, he received the 2014 Award of Excellence from RECORD’s sister publication Engineering News-Record for his role in its development.