Fleet and Facility Management / Chicago Riverwalk – MasterplanChicago’s Downtown Riverwalk has exploded in popularity in recent years and has quickly risen to one of the top five visitor destinations in the state. As a result, the City contracted with M2 to develop a masterplan to address items, such as: improved wayfinding, new vendor opportunities, improved circulation, additional restrooms, and various amenities/benches. The popularity of the Riverwalk has also necessitated the need to increase ‘back-of-house’ operations and M2 has developed concepts to improve deliveries and vendor storage, add new public safety offices, and relocate or expand administration and maintenance offices.
Chicago Riverwalk – Masterplan
Chicago Department of Transportation / Navy Pier Flyover Lakefront Bike PathMuller2 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.
Navy Pier Flyover Lakefront Bike Path
City of Chicago / Chicago Cultural Center – Master Plan StudyM2 is providing a Master Plan Study for activating additional program spaces and creating an outline for improving existing infrastructure to create more interest, excitement, and visitor traffic to the Cultural Center. The landmarked building, built as Chicago’s Central Library in 1897, celebrates an eclectic mix of cultural media interweaved with administrative offices. M2 was tasked to develop a logical order to the building and capitalize on underutilized opportunities discovered at the roof and central light core. M2 offered more flexible use of the spaces while consolidating program spaces within a “cultural mainstreet” on the busy first floor of the building.
Chicago Cultural Center – Master Plan Study
“The silo will be a beacon and bring recognition to the area and create a memorable vision for all.” -Mayor Dale Berman
Village of North Aurora / Silo ParkMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) has been retained by the Village of North Aurora to transform a village owned concrete silo, uniquely situated along the Fox River, that will become a significant point of interest along the Fox River Trail. Standing at nearly 100-feet tall, the height of the structure will be utilized to strengthen North Aurora’s identity along the heavily used trail, with great potential to highlight this beacon with accent lighting.Repurposing the silo offers a great opportunity for a playful recreational space with an impressive civic presence. The project includes new restrooms, an integrated play/recreation feature, a path-level observation pedestrian bridge and deck, and a rooftop observation deck.
Forest Preserves of Cook County / Skokie Lagoons BoathouseM2 has been retained by the Forest Preserves of Cook County to plan and design a new boathouse adjacent to the Tower Road Boat Launch at Skokie Lagoons. The project goals are to develop a building design that is architecturally significant, high profile, and yet scaled to the surroundings and sensitive to the ecological conditions of the site. This eagerly anticipated new boathouse will provide a permanent facility for canoe and kayak rentals to replace a very popular boat rental location currently operating out of a temporary facility. All new facilities and site elements will provide full ADA accessibility.
Skokie Lagoons Boathouse
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport / DFW Hold Room of the FutureM2 is providing complete architectural design services for the new DFW Holdroom project. This new concept replaces traditional seating, information displays, and elements with interactive, digital features that offer unique experiences. Sculptural seating elements, and a unique, interactive pavilion structure seamlessly integrate technology with architectural elements. Digital surfaces offer interactive content that can be adapted to assist the boarding process as well as providing curated digital content featuring scenes from the Dallas Fort Worth area and international destinations. This novel approach to the gate area blurs the traditional lines between the “hold room” space and the rest of the terminal by seamlessly weaving together experiential elements and concessions opportunities with traditional gate area amenities.
DFW Hold Room of the Future
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport / DFW K-9 & Bomb Squad Training FacilityM2 is providing complete architectural design services for a new 15,000 SF K-9 and Bomb Squad Training Facility to be located in the DFW’s Southwest Campus. The new facility will include dog kennels, dog runs, a dog training area, veterinarian space, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) room, office space and locker rooms. The facility will also include pull-though apparatus bays for four specialized police vehicles and an additional area to store and repair robotic devices. The saw-tooth roof design allows for natural light and ventilation to infiltrate the apparatus bays and the administration areas of the facility. The south-facing pitch of the roofing components provide for ideal location for photo-voltaic panels, which will greatly contribute to DFW’s net-zero goal.
DFW K-9 & Bomb Squad Training Facility
Midway Airport Security Bridge Expansion
Chicago Department of Aviation / MDW Airport Security Checkpoint ExpansionThis 80,000 square foot expansion, lead by M2, is centered over Cicero Avenue, and connects the Air-side Terminal Building to the Land-side Terminal Building. The expansion will vastly improve circulation and reduce waiting times during peak periods. The centrally located checkpoint will accommodate up to 26 full-equipped security lanes, and includes a greatly expanded queue space. Expansion further rationalizes pedestrian flow by segregating entering and exiting passengers and providing a dedicated employee entrance. Expanded retail opportunities are also created. The Checkpoint creates a natural gateway for passengers departing on their journeys or for visitors arriving to Chicago. The physical location of the Checkpoint, over Cicero Avenue also creates a gateway for passengers arriving by vehicles (and for vehicles passing through).
MDW Airport Security Checkpoint Expansion
Chicago Department of Aviation / O’Hare Airport Terminal 5 ExpansionMuller & Muller (M2), in conjunction with HOK and T.Y.Lin International (TYLI) has embarked upon the design of a major expansion and modernization of Terminal 5 at O’Hare International Airport. The 300,000 SF expansion will add eight new gates, new lounges, new concessions/retail, reworked baggage handling systems, enhanced customs and border patrol processing, and expanded TSA check points. Further, the entire Terminal is being re-planned to accommodate flexibility in operating both international and domestic flights.
O’Hare Airport Terminal 5 Expansion
“We hope this becomes a focal point for the community…” -Sangamon County Board Chairman, Andy Van Meter
Sangamon County / Springfield Sangamon County Transportation CenterMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) is providing Master Planning and Architectural Design services for Sangamon County’s new 225,000 square foot Transportation Center. The project will be constructed in phases in coordination with Springfield’s ongoing 10th Street Rail Consolidation Project. Major components of the plan include: a new Amtrak Station with two boarding platforms, grade-separated pedestrian crossings, a multi-level parking garage, an expanded and improved bus transfer station, and an enclosed County Square connecting all major elements.
Springfield Sangamon County Transportation Center
Metra / Metra 147th Street/Sibley Boulevard StationM2 is providing architectural design services for the Metra 147th Street/Sibley Boulevard Station on the Metra Electric District Line. The scope for this project includes renovating and enlarging the station entrance, the design of a new platform, along with new lighting and sound system, and at platform level, the design of a new heated warming house. This project also includes the design of a temporary access route for customers.
Metra 147th Street/Sibley Boulevard Station
Chicago Department of Aviation / O’Hare Truck Rack FacilityM2 is providing full architectural services for the design of a new truck garage within a new truck fueling facility in the O’Hare Airfield. The 3,000 SF garage includes two vehicle bays which can accommodate 5,000 gallon VAC truck as well as support spaces with restrooms, a waiting area, and a controls room for the facility. The garage is designed for durability, security, and ease of maintenance with a modern aesthetic.
O’Hare Truck Rack Facility
Chicago Public Schools / Barbara Vick Early Childhood School Annex & RenovationM2 is providing full architectural services for the Barbara Vick Early Childhood Annex and Renovation consisting of an eight classroom addition to an existing Chicago Public School building located in the Chicago Southside neighborhood of Mt. Greenwood. In addition to new classrooms, the building program includes a new multipurpose room, kitchen, and support spaces. Site improvements include new vehicular circulation, staff parking area, and the development of a landscaped educational play area which features native plant species and hands-on educational exhibits as part of the curriculum. Imagery is combined with a bold use of color to create a sense of playfulness and movement throughout the main corridors.
Barbara Vick Early Childhood School Annex & Renovation
City of East Chicago, Indiana / US 12 Pedestrian BridgeM2 is providing conceptual and detail design for a new pedestrian bridge that will replace an aging and functionally obsolete pedestrian bridge. The new contemporary bridge will provide a safe and convenient passage over US Route 12 in the City of East Chicago, Indiana. The bridge uses a canted arch cable support structure to provide a dramatic new landmark presence in the center of town. It crosses diagonally over US Route 12 at an important juncture adjacent to the local library, City Hall, police headquarters and a nearby school. Gentle ramps weave through a raised park like landscape to provide easy access to the crossing. The bridge and landscape work together to create a memorable new gateway to the city.
US 12 Pedestrian Bridge
Metra / Kendall Extension StudyM2 is providing architectural design services for five new commuter rail stations and a layover yard crew facility as part of a study to extend the Metra BNSF Service to Kendall County with options for a terminus station at Yorkville, Plano, or Sandwich, IL. The station scope includes schematic design of new station headhouses and warming shelters with platforms and parking on new site developments at Montgomery, Oswego, Yorkville, Plano, and Sandwich. Additional scope includes design of pedestrian underpasses with covered ramps and stairs connecting the inbound and outbound platforms at all run-through stations.The resulting concept designs are appropriately scaled and contextually fitting using local vernacular architecture as design inspiration.
Kendall Extension Study
Greater Peoria Mass Transit District / Bus Maintenance Facility & Operations CenterM2 is currently providing Master Planning and Architectural design services for GPMTD/CityLink's Maintenance and Operations Center. The project will be constructed in phases, to allow for continuous operations. Major components include a new body and paint shop, with body bay, paint booth bay, mix booth, and body parts storage. A new bus maintenance facility with a 10-bay pull-though tandem arrangement including vehicle lifts and crane bay. Support areas that include a new loading dock, parts room, foreman’s office, locker rooms and break areas. A new operations and training center that include a board room, training room, bus simulator training room, operators day room, and offices. Expanded bus storage, renovated administration space, and new visitor and employee parking is also included.
Bus Maintenance Facility & Operations Center
Village of Cary / Metra Cary StationMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) provided architectural design services for a new Metra station for the Village of Cary along the Metra UP line. The scope included the design and construction of two structures. The primary structure, an enclosed station depot with heated and cooled waiting areas, houses the Ticket Agent office. The secondary structure is an open warming shelter further North along the platform. A narrow site presented a challenge of providing a pleasant space that is narrow enough to fit between two constraints: the IDOT Right of Way (on the highway side) and platform clearances (on the track side). It had to feel comfortable yet be practical to meet the needs of the users and the client.
Metra Cary Station
Chicago Transit Authority / Blue Line Grand, Chicago + Division Station RenovationsM2 is providing full design-build services with F.H. Paschen for the Grand, Chicago and Division subway station renovation project. These three stations are part of the larger Your New Blue initiative and incorporates improvements at street level, station mezzanine and platform levels. In addition to providing new finishes, lighting and entry canopies at street level, important electrical upgrades and water mitigation efforts are also part of this effort to create a much improved passenger experience.
Blue Line Grand, Chicago + Division Station Renovations
Public Building Commission of Chicago / Decatur Elementary School Annex + RenovationM2 is providing full architectural services for the 18,600sf addition and renovation of Decatur Classical Elementary School via a Construction Manager at Risk project delivery. The new annex houses 3 classrooms, a library, a kitchen, a gymnasium, toilet rooms, and an administrative office. Renovation scope includes renovation to a science classroom, a dance room, and a music room along with associated life safety upgrades and improved site features on a site with a history of settlement.
Decatur Elementary School Annex + Renovation
Chicago Transit Authority / Blue Line VisioningMuller2 provided feasibility studies and concept design services for the reconstruction of the Oak Park, Pulaski, Cicero and Western Stations located along the Forest Park Branch of the CTA’s Blue Line. Features of the new stations include signature pedestrian canopies, bike parking, designated bus waiting areas, full platform enclosures, and improved station access from the neighboring communities. The design team investigated station planning from the aspect of users with disabilities as well as cyclists. Vehicle routes and lane configurations of adjacent vehicular thoroughfares were studied in order to propose modifications that would allow for the integration of bike lanes as well as accessible, at grade crosswalks located directly across from the station entrances at CTA bus stops.
Blue Line Visioning
Metra / 47th Street Yard Maintenance + Training FacilityM2 is providing architectural design services to Metra for expansion of their facilities at the 47th Street Yard. M2 is designing a new 34,000sf two-story employee training facility with a high-bay space for hands-on training for servicing of passenger coaches. The facility will include state-of-the-art instructional spaces and training aide components inserted into an attractive modern building design maximizing daylight and using durable, longlasting materials. M2 is also providing architectural design for a 3,800sf addition to the existing Diesel Locomotive Repair Shop. M2 provided Metra with a solution to increase capacity at their Diesel Locomotive Repair Shop by designing a new enclosed loading dock addition over two tracks where equipment and engines could be hoisted and transferred for maintenance.
47th Street Yard Maintenance + Training Facility
Chicago Transit Authority / CTA Red Purple ModernizationM2 is serving on the Owner’s Representative Team for the Chicago Transit Authority’s massive $1.8B Red Purple Line Modernization Project, as a sub-consultant to T.Y. Lin International. This is one of the largest Design-Build Projects in the nation. M2 led the production of bridging documents for the passenger station portion of the project, which includes the complete replacement of four existing stations. This included the development of station plans, specifications design guidelines, and fix design criteria. M2’s services will continue on during the final design and construction phases as Owner’s Representative for the stations component.
CTA Red Purple Modernization
Chicago Department of Transportation / Union Station Transit CenterMuller2 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.
Union Station Transit Center
Illinois Department of Transportation / High Speed Rail – Chicago to St. LouisM2 is the architectural design consultant for the Program Management Team working on the design and construction of the new Illinois High-Speed Rail (HSR) corridor between Chicago and St. Louis, as well as the Architect of Record for several of the stations along the corridor. Program goals are for modern, accessible, and sustainable stations for HSR Service while carefully stitching them into the historic context of the locations they will serve. As Architect of Record for the Springfield, Lincoln, Pontiac and Carlinville stations, work has included new train platforms, custom canopies, improvements to vehicular circulation, and upgrades to staff areas.
High Speed Rail – Chicago to St. Louis
Theaster Gates / Black Vessel for a SaintMuller2 provided full architectural services for the design development and construction of a new sculpture by renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.The cylindrical form is inspired by the Tempietto, a renaissance tomb. The walls of the structure are built of custom made curved bricks, manufactured with recycled brick materials, and finished with a special black glaze. The metal doors and top-piece are corten steel, a material chosen for its weathering properties. The intent of the artist was for the entire sculpture to change over time as it is exposed to the changing seasons. The saint housed on the interior is St. Laurence, the patron of librarians and archivists.
Black Vessel for a Saint
Your New Blue Reconstruction
Chicago Transit Authority / Your New Blue ReconstructionMuller2 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.
Your New Blue Reconstruction
City Colleges of Chicago 5-14
City Colleges of Chicago / City Colleges of Chicago 5-14M2 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 5-14
Lincoln Elementary School
Public Building Commission of Chicago / Lincoln Elementary SchoolMuller2 is providing full architectural services for the renovation and addition of the Lincoln Elementary School. M2 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 and…
Lincoln Elementary School
“A River that is A Park
A Park that is A River.”
City of Aurora / Aurora RiverEdge ParkAurora'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. M2 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.
Aurora RiverEdge Park
A Journey Through Space and Time
Adler Planetarium / Adler Cosmology GalleryM2 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. M2 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 M2 working very closely with lighting designers, exhibit designers, fabricators, multi-media designers, and the…
Adler Cosmology Gallery
Adler Planetarium / Doane Observatory RenovationM2 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…
Doane Observatory Renovation
Plowing the way for limited delays!
Chicago Department of Aviation / O’Hare Airport Maintenance Complex ExpansionMuller2 provided 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 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 features 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.
O’Hare Airport Maintenance Complex Expansion
Chicago Department of Transportation / Wells Street BridgeMuller2 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.
Wells Street Bridge
Chicago Department of Aviation / O’Hare Airport Terminal 5 Roof ReplacementWe provided full architectural services for the removal and replacement of the roof at O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 5 building. The existing 391,841 square feet roof system was removed and recycled, as were the existing pavers, while the majority of the roof insulation was reused. A sheet metal flashing roof was installed, and additionally 2012 square feet of the Terminal 5 roof has been converted into a Green Roof, with a fully adhered PVC roof system.
O’Hare Airport Terminal 5 Roof Replacement
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority / McCormick Place Roof ReplacementMuller2 provided full architectural services for the complete removal and replacement of the existing 525,600 square foot roofing system of the McCormick Place North Building, consisting of the main exhibit hall building and the crate storage building. The existing original roof system has been in place for approximately 30 years and is at the end of its useful life. Design of a replacement roof will include consideration of the following aspects: Building and energy codes, code review to determine if elimination of smoke hatches would comply with the Chicago Building Code, and a structural review to determine the effects of proposed roof systems on the existing structures.
McCormick Place Roof Replacement
Chicago Department of Water Management / Jardine Water Purification Plant AssessmentMuller2 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.
Jardine Water Purification Plant Assessment
Metra / Healy StationMuller2 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.
O’Hare Airport Badging + Compliance Office
Chicago Department of Aviation / O’Hare Airport Badging + Compliance OfficeM2 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…
O’Hare Airport Badging + Compliance Office
Peck Elementary School
Public Building Commission of Chicago / Peck Elementary SchoolMuller2 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. M2 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.
Peck Elementary School
Halsted Street Bridge
Chicago Department of Transportation / Halsted Street BridgeMuller2 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 M2 is providing bridge design services.
Halsted Street Bridge
Morgan St. Elevated Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Morgan St. Elevated StationMuller2 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.
Morgan St. Elevated Station
Metra / Belmont StationMuller2 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.
Chicago Department of Transportation / Streets for Cycling Plan 2020Muller2 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. M2 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.
Streets for Cycling Plan 2020
41st Street + Osterman Comfort Stations
Chicago Park District / 41st Street + Osterman Comfort StationsM2 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.
41st Street + Osterman Comfort Stations
West Ridge School
Public Building Commission of Chicago / West Ridge SchoolMuller2 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.
West Ridge School
A Lab for the Senses
City Colleges of Chicago / French Pastry SchoolM2 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…
French Pastry School
North Ave. Bridge
Chicago Department of Transportation / North Ave. BridgeMuller2 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.
North Ave. Bridge
Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to Western
Chicago Transit Authority / Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to WesternMuller2 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. M2 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.
Brown Line Reconstruction Kimball to Western
Pace / Pace HeadquartersMuller2 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.
Evanston Fire Station #5
City of Evanston / Evanston Fire Station #5Muller2 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. M2 coordinated the needs of fire fighters, the City and the community to create a building which complements the existing pedestrian oriented urban environment.
Evanston Fire Station #5
Museum Campus 11th Street Station
Metra / Museum Campus 11th Street StationThe new Museum Campus Metra station is incorporated into the new 11th Street pedestrian bridge as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of south grant Park. Muller2 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.
Museum Campus 11th Street Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Solidarity Drive UnderpassMuller2 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. M2 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. M2 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. M2 facilitated participation and open communication between parties which resulted in an elegant and functional design.
Solidarity Drive Underpass
Metra / ManhattanMuller2 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.
Blue Line Subway (Jackson/Van Buren)
Chicago Department of Transportation / Blue Line Subway (Jackson/Van Buren)Muller2 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.
Blue Line Subway (Jackson/Van Buren)
Millennium Park Bike Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Millennium Park Bike StationMuller2 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.
Millennium Park Bike Station
Illinois Department of Transportation / IDOT Stevenson Maintenance FacilityM2 provided architectural services to develop bridging documents for the construction of a new 35,230sf IDOT highway maintenance facility. It was designed to incorporate, under one roof, all of the various functions, including a material testing lab, offices and storage areas that were housed in multiple structures on site. One major challenge of this project was that the new facility would be constructed on the same site as the existing in phases so that the existing 24-hr facility could remain operational throughout the construction process. Additional site constraints included a single point of access to the site that is shared with a neighboring property. M2 developed traffic and vehicle circulation studies that were key to determining the optimal site development…
IDOT Stevenson Maintenance Facility
“A walk through time.”
Chicago Department of Transportation / Near South Transfer TunnelThe 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.
Near South Transfer Tunnel
Northern Illinois University / Center for the Study of Family ViolenceThis 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.
Center for the Study of Family Violence
Department of General Services / Bureau of Electricity WarehouseThis 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. M2 designed the building with efficient and logical planning allowing for maximum productivity and flexibility of use without compromise to provide a visually pleasing environment.
Bureau of Electricity Warehouse