Chicago Department of Transportation / Union Station Transit Center
Muller+Muller provided full architectural services as prime consultant for Phases I and II of the new Union Station Transit Center (USTC). The project revamps an existing ground level parking lot immediately south of Union Station into a dynamic modern transit center serving patrons of CTA, Amtrak, and Metra. Further, the USTC will simultaneously launch Bus Rapid Transit in the south loop as its new hub. The USTC includes three off-street dedicated bus lanes and a fully accessible underground pedway extension, connecting directly to Metra and Amtrak trains. The project will provide easier more direct connections: consolidation of numerous curb-side bus stops into a centralized transit facility; more efficient bus traffic flow; and decreased travel times.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Union Station Transit Center

#navypierflyover

Chicago Department of Transportation / Navy Pier Flyover Lakefront Bike Path
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided conceptual and detail design of all elements for the new Navy Pier Flyover elevated lakefront path. The new path is designed to provide safe passage for bikers, joggers, and the general public though a congested portion of Chicago’s heavily used lake front. The path is raised above the congestion on a distinctive spine like structure traversing approximately 1/2 mile. It weaves between and over many obstacles including buildings, roads and a canal. M+M also provided highly detailed presentation materials including animated views showing how users experience the path.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Navy Pier Flyover Lakefront Bike Path

City Colleges of Chicago 5-14

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City Colleges of Chicago / City Colleges of Chicago 5-14
M+M is currently under contract with City Colleges of Chicago for full architectural and construction administration services at the main administrative building  in Downtown Chicago. A fast track schedule allows for continued use of spaces during construction. Project scope includes design and construction of administrative offices,conference rooms, supplemental spaces, elevator lobbies, renovations to existing restrooms, as well as modifications to the mechanical systems in the historic 14 story building. The project includes programming, space planning, furniture and equipment coordination, complex phasing, temporary relocation of staff, and construction administration.
City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago 5-14

Lincoln Elementary School

Public Building Commission of Chicago / Lincoln Elementary School
Muller+Muller, Ltd. is providing full architectural services for the renovation and addition of the Lincoln Elementary School. M+M is challenged with creating an addition which still honors the existing landmark building. The landmark district required the new three story addition to be carefully designed as a contemporary wing to compliment and respect the existing structure. Matching the brick, both in texture and color, and providing a contemporary rain screen terra cotta system, the addition pays respect to the terra cotta detailing of the 1894 building. The addition is also designed to balance the 1939 wing by articulating similar proportions vertically. The new wing houses 17 new classrooms, music rooms, a computer lab, and a roof-deck playground. Renovation scope includes program…
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Lincoln Elementary School

“A River that is A Park

A Park that is A River.”

 

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City of Aurora / Aurora RiverEdge Park
Aurora's RiverEdge Park's extensive program includes a park amphitheater, pedestrian bridge, river walk, botanical garden, outdoor public marketplace, and an environmental education center. The project unites a cohesive urban park with enhanced pedestrian circulation through new promenades and bridges, making the park both a destination and a gateway providing connections to the adjacent downtown developments, as well as to the greater Fox River region.  The first phase focused on the addition of a new, major outdoor performance venue, The John C. Dunham Pavilion,  and festival grounds. M+M worked with the City of Aurora to bring to life their vision for a treasured public place to its users. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a variety of events in the venue.
City of Aurora
Aurora RiverEdge Park

A Journey Through Space and Time

 

Adler Planetarium / Adler Cosmology Gallery
M+M provided full architectural services for the design and construction of a new cosmology gallery at the Adler Planetarium. The Universe: A Journey Through Space and Time takes visitors back 13.7 billion years to the beginning of the universe and takes them on a journey through how stars, planets, galaxies, and even the atoms in your body all came to be. The gallery features multiple multi-media interactives that gets users of all ages engaged with the wonders of our universe. M+M worked hand-in-hand with cosmologists and museum experience designers from Adler to bring this immersive space to fruition. A tight budget and fast time line had M+M working very closely with lighting designers, exhibit designers, fabricators, multi-media designers, and the…
Adler Planetarium
Adler Cosmology Gallery

Your New Blue Reconstruction

Chicago Transit Authority / Your New Blue Reconstruction
Muller+Muller, Ltd. is providing full design-build services for the reconstruction of the Addison, Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem, and Cumberland Stations on the CTA’s Blue Line. The scope of work includes platform reconstruction, curtain wall restoration, canopy restoration, upgraded passenger amenities, and extensive lighting upgrades. Further, the scope of work includes extensive reconfiguration of the Addison station, including the addition of new elevator and platform extension. The project is multi-phased to minimize impacts to CTA’s passenger and railroad operations.
Chicago Transit Authority
Your New Blue Reconstruction
Adler Planetarium / Doane Observatory Renovation
We worked with Troop Contracting for the Design/Build renovation of the 1977 Doane Observatory at the Adler Planetarium. Renovation involved creating a new, accessible multi-purpose gallery space, ideal for hosting educational programs, public observation, and special events. The new doors and windows provide visitors an unparalleled view of Lake Michigan. The new outdoor stair and ramp on the south side of the building are part of a larger vision to mirror the stair and ramp on the north side, creating a plaza for gatherings. The Observatory still serves its original function, housing a 20-inch mirrored telescope and supporting research of Adler astronomers. Renovation included the addition of a steel stair, enhancing traffic flow between the telescope room and the observation…
Adler Planetarium
Doane Observatory Renovation
City Colleges of Chicago / Truman College Athletic Facility
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided Architectural Design Services related to Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing modernizations, as well as other renovations at the Truman College Athletic Facility. Architectural scope included repairs necessary to mitigate and correct moisture related damage to the existing flooring, full replacement of the wood gymnasium floor, and new bleachers in the gymnasium. The large entry lobby was also retrofitted with a new ceiling to accommodate new lighting and ventilation configurations.
City Colleges of Chicago
Truman College Athletic Facility

Plowing the way for limited delays!

Chicago Department of Aviation / O’Hare Airport Maintenance Complex Expansion
Muller+Muller, Ltd. is providing full architectural services for the expansion of the O’Hare Airport Maintenance Complex (AMC). Services included site evaluation, as well as the design of an 88,000 square foot building addition, expanded parking areas, code compliant upgrades, and renovations and improvements to existing buildings. The expansion and renovation will house the vast array of airport vehicles including large snow removal equipment needing long structural spans to accommodate large turning movements inside the building. The facility will feature a variety of sustainable practices including high efficiency lighting, recycled aggregates for fill, low VOC coatings, paints, and sealants, and a building energy management system.
Chicago Department of Aviation
O’Hare Airport Maintenance Complex Expansion
Chicago Department of Transportation / Wells Street Bridge
Muller+Muller, Ltd. worked with the Chicago Department of Transportation to rehabilitate the architectural elements on the 1922 Wells Street Bridge over the main branch of the Chicago River. The double leaf trunnion bascule bridge is distinctive with its two double-decker trusses which are used to support CTA tracks above. Construction on the bridge, pedestrian railings, and bridge houses began in the Fall of 2012. Careful attention to the bridge houses included restoration of the granite cladding and historic architectural elements, including the terracotta tile roofs. Improvements also included replacing the pedestrian railing with a new decorative railing similar to the original historic details, and providing pedestrian light fixtures in keeping with the historic character of the bridge.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Wells Street Bridge
Chicago Department of Water Management / Jardine Water Purification Plant Assessment
Muller+Muller provided assessment services for the Chicago Department of Water Management, Jardine Water Purification Plant (JWPP) to repair the existing curtain wall system. These services included a field Investigation including; leakage testing, dismantling existing window assembly and documenting conditions. The field investigation findings were then developed into an options analysis matrix, including recommendations, and potential cost, and presented to the client in a workshop presentation format.
Chicago Department of Water Management
Jardine Water Purification Plant Assessment

Healy Station

Metra / Healy Station
Muller+Muller is providing architectural design services for the renovation of the Metra Healy Station. The scope includes full ADA upgrades including the complete replacement of the outbound shelter with a new accessible ramp, replacement of the inbound warming shelter and roof system over the existing ramp, and all new platforms and signage. The facility will be fully accessible and provide safe passenger access to both sides of the railroad right-of-way by eliminating the cross-track pedestrian crossing.
Metra
Healy Station

O’Hare Airport Badging + Compliance Office

Chicago Department of Aviation / O’Hare Airport Badging + Compliance Office
M+M provided full architectural services for the new ID Badging Offices at O’Hare International Airport. Pre-existing conditions in the space complicated traditional space planning. The interior build-out required designing a new stand alone mechanical system and an interior building envelope that meets the energy code. Program included ID Security Badging for airport employees, testing rooms, training room, administrative offices, and secure file storage. The space was designed to meet the Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM) requirements and included an innovative chilled beam mechanical system. This project was given a rating of 5 Green Airplanes, the CDA’s certification based on their SAM. Not only is this the highest certification possible in the CDA program, it was the first project to ever achieve…
Chicago Department of Aviation
O’Hare Airport Badging + Compliance Office

Cicero Station

Metra / Cicero Station
Muller+Muller provided architectural design services for a new warming shelter and ramp headhouse design for the Cicero Avenue station along the Metra BNSF line. The scope included the design of a new ramp enclosure and headhouse, warming shelter, monumental signage and site furnishings. The ramp enclosure provides shelter from the elements while adding a visual presence of the station along the tracks.
Metra
Cicero Station

Peck Elementary School

Public Building Commission of Chicago / Peck Elementary School
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided full architectural services for Peck elementary school. The project scope included extensive renovations to an existing 1920’s school and a new 3 story addition. The renovations included programmatic changes, interior finishes, structural repairs, integration of new mechanical systems and exterior restoration. Muller+Muller was challenged with integrating a large 3 story addition based on the PBC prototype school for 1500 students into a constrictive site. This challenge was further complicated by the phasing plan required to keep the existing school fully operational throughout construction. A major design component, for the future addition, focused on providing a LEED for Schools Silver rating with emphasis on innovative LEED / sustainable design concepts.
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Peck Elementary School

Halsted Street Bridge

Chicago Department of Transportation / Halsted Street Bridge
Muller+Muller, Ltd. worked in collaboration with H.W. Lochner, Inc. Structural Engineers to replace the 1908 Halsted Street Bridge over the Chicago Canal with a modern tied arch bridge. The design of the project allowed for future development of a river walk, with prefabricated Conspan tunnel units designed to be placed on top of the original bridge pits. The Halsted Street Bridge is the first of a three stage bridge replacement sequence in the area of which M+M is providing bridge design services.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Halsted Street Bridge

Morgan St. Elevated Station

Chicago Department of Transportation / Morgan St. Elevated Station
Muller+Muller provided architectural services for the construction phase of the new Morgan Street Green and Pink Line Station located along a mile and a half stretch of elevated track above Lake Street. The new station serves the rapidly growing commercial and residential districts between Clinton Street and Ashland Avenue. The facility is fully accessible to the handicapped, featuring elevators, enclosed stairways, and a weather protected bridge for transferring from one platform to another. High quality finishes such as granite and stainless steel are used throughout, along with energy-efficient light fixtures and translucent weather protecting canopies on each platform. Platforms also feature state of the art security monitoring and communication systems and heated shelters.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Morgan St. Elevated Station

Belmont Station

Metra / Belmont Station
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided architectural design services for new ramps and stairways associated with the Belmont Road grade separation project along the Metra BNSF line. Scope included the design of ramps, stairways, enclosures, and platform railings. The enclosures provide shelter from the elements while adding a visual presence of the station along the tracks. This project eliminated the at-grade crossing of the BNSF tracks at Belmont Road by constructing an underpass for motor vehicles. Belmont Road now consists of two lanes of traffic in either direction, with a tunnel for pedestrians connecting the two platforms. Additionally, this project increased safety by eliminating the risk of a collision between trains and motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists.
Metra
Belmont Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Streets for Cycling Plan 2020
Muller+Muller, Ltd. worked as a consultant to Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) for the CDOT Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. The Plan identifies a 600-mile citywide bike network of existing and proposed bike routes that can be improved or constructed by 2020. M+M worked with SSE and Alta Planning to assemble a Facility Design Guide that will be used as a basis for selecting the appropriate bike route facilities and treatments to be used to implement the plan throughout the City. M+M worked with SSE and CDOT to develop impressionistic renderings of the bike route classifications as they may appear on Chicago’s streets and produced a series of presentation boards to be used for Public Outreach and Information.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Streets for Cycling Plan 2020

41st Street + Osterman Comfort Stations

Chicago Park District / 41st Street + Osterman Comfort Stations
M+M provided full architectural services to the CPD for two new comfort stations to service the beach and Lakefront Trail with public rest room facilities, a life guard station, and a concession area. M+M received LEED Silver certification for Osterman and LEED Certification for 41st Street. The buildings are naturally ventilated and tubular skylights bring natural daylight to public spaces providing enough light to eliminate the need for artificial lighting. A rainwater harvesting system captures and filters 100% of rainwater on the roof for use in flushing fixtures in the building. Educational signage and a glimpse of the rainwater tank from within the rest rooms invites the public to understand why it is important to incorporate sustainable strategies into buildings.
Chicago Park District
41st Street + Osterman Comfort Stations

West Ridge School

Public Building Commission of Chicago / West Ridge School
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided full architectural services for this school which serves as a focal point for the neighborhood. We were challenged with integrating the PBC prototype school for 900 students into a unique and constrictive site. A major design component focuses on providing a LEED for Schools Silver rating in both the categories of building element sustainability and LEED as an educational tool. The building uses water tanks to harvest rainwater which can be used to water the outdoor bio-garden and study sustainable water usage. Artistic floor designs in the corridors captivate the minds of students and teachers alike as they engage the vastness of the solar system, tour a timeline of American Presidency, and discover the infinity of π.
Public Building Commission of Chicago
West Ridge School

A Lab for the Senses

City Colleges of Chicago / French Pastry School
M+M provided design and construction administration services for renovation and expansion of the prestigious French Pastry School of Chicago. The school, recognized world wide, was located in a cramped and tired space in a 1920s downtown Chicago high rise building. The design task was to create a physical environment which matched the stature of the school and which would accommodate its expanding course offerings and growing student body. The design work included re-planning and expansion of existing offices and the addition of four new culinary arts teaching kitchens. The interior design of the space is very open with generous natural light and dramatic city views available to all. Colors and finishes take cues from the pastries and cakes being baked…
City Colleges of Chicago
French Pastry School

North Ave. Bridge

Chicago Department of Transportation / North Ave. Bridge
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided conceptual and detail design, through construction administration for this new Chicago River crossing. In keeping with the City of Chicago’s desire for distinctive well designed bridges M+M collaborated closely with the engineering team to design a bridge uniquely suited to its site. The iconic bridge instantly became a new landmark on the Chicago River. Its structure, composed of a composite cable stay / suspension system, is the only one of its type in the city. The North Avenue bridge replaces an obsolete two lane structure at the same site. The busy crossing provides four lanes of traffic between two rapidly growing neighborhoods and creates a link from west to east with improved traffic flow.
Chicago Department of Transportation
North Ave. Bridge

Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to Western

Chicago Transit Authority / Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to Western
Muller+Muller, Ltd. was one of four firms selected for the major reconstruction of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Brown Line. The goal of the project was to modernize, and lengthen platforms to accommodate eight car trains, as well as provide universal access to all citizens, including handicapped individuals. M+M provided architectural design and construction administration services for five stations. Our work included the renovation of the Kimball (Terminus) Station, construction of new at grade stations at Kedzie and Rockwell, historic restoration of the Francisco Street station and renovations to the Western Avenue elevated platforms.
Chicago Transit Authority
Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to Western

Pace Headquarters

Pace / Pace Headquarters
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided full architectural services for the Pace headquarters building, including programming, site planning, architectural and interior design and construction administration. The building consolidates administrative functions for a major public transit agency into environmentally responsible space that provides staff with a pleasant, efficient work environment. Design began with detailed work flow studies and documentation of departmental relationships. A basic workstation module was developed which helped determine the most efficient floor plan and structural layout. In this way the building was designed from the inside out resulting in a workplace with logical integration of multiple uses both public and private. These uses include training rooms, public board room, staff lounge, large information systems server, and staff workstations among others.
Pace
Pace Headquarters

Evanston Fire Station #5

City of Evanston / Evanston Fire Station #5
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided full architectural design and construction administration services for this new City of Evanston Illinois fire station. The project involved guiding the City through its first LEED building design process. The building received a LEED Gold Certification. The project includes extensive use of natural light, renewable and recycled/recyclable materials, energy and water efficiency and stormwater management. Muller+Muller coordinated the needs of fire fighters, the City and the community to create a building which complements the existing pedestrian oriented urban environment.
City of Evanston
Evanston Fire Station #5

Museum Campus 11th Street Station

Metra / Museum Campus 11th Street Station
The new Museum Campus Metra station is incorporated into the new 11th Street pedestrian bridge as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of south grant Park. Muller+Muller,Ltd. provided planning and full architectural design services for the new station and the new pedestrian access to the museum campus at 12th street. The massive project included a complete new station connecting the city and museum campus via a new bridge and underpass. The station work included stairs, elevator towers, new platforms and associated catenary work and was constructed without disruption to train schedules. Through careful planning this project has connected the city and a major transit resource with its popular lake front tourist destinations.
Metra
Museum Campus 11th Street Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Solidarity Drive Underpass
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided architectural conceptual design, detail drawings, and construction services for a new underpass and modified turnaround at Chicago’s Museum Campus. Construction was completed in June of 2009. M+M began working with H.W. Lochner, Inc. and the City of Chicago Department of Transportation to investigate options for increased safety and accessibility for both Lakefront trail users and nearby museum patrons. M+M provided the client with numerous design options and guided all interested parties, including the Department of Transportation, the three museums at the nearby Museum Campus, and the Chicago Park District through aspects of each design. M+M facilitated participation and open communication between parties which resulted in an elegant and functional design.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Solidarity Drive Underpass

Manhattan

Metra / Manhattan
Muller+Muller, Ltd. provided architectural design and construction administration services to the Village of Manhattan for a new Metra train station, part of Metra’s Southwest Service Corridor expansion. The new shelter provides an enclosed and covered waiting area, which can also be used as a meeting space by the village. Exposed wood trim and copper gutters highlight the areas architectural vernacular.
Metra
Manhattan

Emerald Loop

Vaughan Hospitality Group / Emerald Loop
M+M provided full architectural services for the Emerald Loop Bar and Grille located on the ground floor of the Jeweler’s Building. M+M collaborated with the client on the design statement and initial rendering for the new establishment within the historic landmark building.  We utilized intensive space planning studies to ensure that the final design solution accommodated the intended use in an efficient and pleasing manner. Our response to the client’s requests for a contemporary urban pub reminiscent of the great establishments of Ireland included a high back bar centerpiece which serves as a focal point for the space, high ceilings, large windows, polished stone counter tops, stained glass accents, carved woodwork and rich finishes.
Vaughan Hospitality Group
Emerald Loop

Blue Line Subway (Jackson/Van Buren)

Chicago Department of Transportation / Blue Line Subway (Jackson/Van Buren)
Muller+Muller,Ltd. provided partial architectural design services for the renovation of the mezzanine station and platform along Chicago’s Dearborn Street Subway from Jackson to Van Buren street. The design of the platform includes new floor and ceiling surfaces and a light tray on each side of the platform housing lighting, speakers, and conduit runs. This station serves as a prototype for future blue line subway station renovations in the downtown area. Project work also includes new escalators and stairway finishes, concession areas, kiosks and stairs to street level.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Blue Line Subway (Jackson/Van Buren)

Millennium Park Bike Station

Chicago Department of Transportation / Millennium Park Bike Station
Muller+Muller,Ltd. designed this commuter station to provide amenities to bicyclists in downtown Chicago. It includes storage for 300 bikes, shower and locker facilities, bike repair, rest rooms, and headquarters for the Chicago Lake Front Police. Entry is through a dramatic glass atrium leading to the mostly below grade facility. The atrium employs unique energy efficient design elements as prominent architectural features. The walls are shaded by climbing plants which allow for views out while changing the interior lighting with the seasons. Translucent photovoltaic arrays are visible through the glass ceiling, casting dappled patterns of light into the space.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Millennium Park Bike Station

“A walk through time.”

 

Chicago Department of Transportation / Near South Transfer Tunnel
The Transfer Tunnel provides an easy to use connection between a below grade subway station and an elevated station 1/2 block apart. The tunnel maneuvers two levels, weaving between building foundations, elevated track piers, and underground utilities, connecting the two stations at narrow access points. The interior is designed to make the journey between platforms logical and entertaining, withstand harsh use and provide for easy maintenance. Its funnel shaped plan dramatically opens up the space exposing views of all three modes of vertical travel at the east end. The architecture creates visual links to nearby museums by the use of wall graphics, a large public art piece, and a highly sculptural ceiling.
Chicago Department of Transportation
Near South Transfer Tunnel
Northern Illinois University / Center for the Study of Family Violence
This facility provides lecture rooms, offices, a visiting researcher apartment and flexible research space for an independent part of the Psychology Department of Northern Illinois University focusing on family behavioral research. Muller+Muller, Ltd. worked closely with the client to meet a very tight 4 month design schedule mandated by funding sources. Driven by client needs, spaces are efficiently arranged to accommodate multiple types of research and lecture formats while promoting interaction among researchers. Elegant finishes provide the building with a contemporary professional environment.
Northern Illinois University
Center for the Study of Family Violence
Department of General Services / Bureau of Electricity Warehouse
This warehouse provides storage and maintenance shops for the City of Chicago's Bureau of Electricity. As a utilitarian building it was designed to meet a very tight budget and to employ simple yet unique architectural features giving it a dynamic and memorable presence in the city. M+M designed the building with efficient and logical planning allowing for maximum productivity and flexibility of use without compromise to provide a visually pleasing environment.
Department of General Services
Bureau of Electricity Warehouse