The A. Finkl & Sons Model Urban Industrial Campus, Chicagos
first urban manufacturing campus, was initiated in 1991 to transform
a gritty 15 acre industrial steel mill into a park-like campus that
would welcome the surrounding gentrifying neighborhood residents
with new streets and sidewalks, landscaping, benches, entry gateways,
outdoor exhibits of antique machinery, information kiosks,
new manufacturing buildings and laboratories, and as well, renovated
buildings that blend with the architectural styles of the surrounding
Sonoc Architects planned, designed and provided construction drawings
for all of the Model Industrial Campus and building improvements.
Participation with numerous city agencies, local alderman, community
organizations, neighboring merchants and residents insured a successful
public/ private partnership. Additionally, Sonoc coordinated the
construction, contractors, project schedules and budgets.