Thursday / August 22, 2019 / 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Trades, Transportation and Technology: Design for Career-Ready Education

Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center, 1340 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago

The Education KC invites you to explore the latest trends in design for career-ready education. We will learn about new local buildings created to bridge the skills gap by meeting the needs of students and the changing demands of the economy. Join us for a tour of a unique, ultra-water-efficient training facility in the West Loop, and a review of the two new career centers within the City Colleges of Chicago:

Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center; designed by Gensler

This new facility celebrates tradition while propelling the trade into the next century of innovation. It aims to become a living laboratory for apprentices to gain hands-on experience with the industry’s top tech. The new 48,000 facility houses six “wetlabs” and hundreds of fully functioning training fixtures but uses less water than a single-family house. In addition to water conservation, the new building reduces its energy footprint by employing an array of sustainable technologies. All classrooms and wetlabs are naturally lit, and the main shop space features a north-facing clerestory, minimizing the need for artificial lighting. Materials and labor were locally sourced when available, and the building itself is 100% American-made.

City Colleges of Chicago, Richard Daley College, Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering Center, 7500 South Pulaski Road; designed by JGMA

The Daley College MTEC project speaks to issues larger than architecture; it is the embodiment of the community and seeks to revitalize the area by creating a connective dialogue that all are significant and welcome. This project also challenges the latent stereotypes of a community college and alters the psychology of simply crossing the street to go to class. Through dynamic spatial organizations and site responsive architecture, the new building will not only be a catalyst for growth and change within Daley College but the greater surrounding community on the southwest side of Chicago as well.

City Colleges of Chicago, Olive-Harvey College, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Center at 10001 South Woodlawn Avenue; designed by FGM Architects

The TDL Center is one of the first of its kind in Illinois. Every aspect of the center’s design supports City Colleges of Chicago mission to use cutting-edge technology and real-world scenarios to ensure graduates “hit the ground running.” As part of the College to Careers program, the center can train up to 6,000 students each year for jobs in some of the region’s fastest-growing industries. Hands-on learning laboratories were developed in collaboration with City Colleges faculty, staff, and students. Industry partners are regularly consulted on workforce demand and best-in-class operations.


  • Scott Hurst, Design Director, Gensler 
  • Linda Chavez, Project Architect/Project Manager, Gensler
  • Jim Majerowicz, President, Plumbers Local 130
  • David Yandel, AIA, Principal/Project Manager, FGM Architects
  • Carol Stolt, Allied ASID, Principal/Interior Designer, FGM Architects
  • Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, President and Project Design Principal, JGMA


  • 5:30 pm        Networking       
  • 5:45              Building tour       
  • 6:15              Presentations   
  • 7:00              Panel and Q&A
  • 7:30 pm        Event ends   

Images left to right: Gensler’s Plumbers Training Center; FGM’s Olive-Harvey TDLC; JGMA’s Daley College MTEC

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Education KC

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1.75 LU/HSW

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