UrbanWorks Named Member of the Month by HACIA

By | April 3, 2017 | Lectures/Presentations, Milestones | No Comments

HACIA BUZZUrbanWorks has been named Member of the Month for April 2017 by the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA). HACIA “works to ensure the equitable participation of its constituents in the construction industry,” with a focus on Minority and Female-owned firms, “while also promoting the growth, quality of work, professionalism and integrity of these individuals and businesses.” As part of this honor, Patricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks’ Design Principal, will be recognized at HACIA’s monthly meeting in April.

Juan Calahorrano, HACIA’s Director of Operations, released in a statement that HACIA “is proud to recognize UrbanWorks Ltd; an HACIA member since 1998, in its April 2017 Membership Meeting.  HACIA recognizes the hard work, determination and contribution that UrbanWorks and its Principal Patricia Saldaña Natke AIA have made to HACIA and the construction community through the years.”

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Trianon Lofts Groundbreaking Ceremony and Press

By | July 21, 2016 | Milestones, Publications, Staff Happenings | No Comments

TrianonGroundbreakUrbanWorks, POAH, and the Joseph J. Duffy Co. held a groundbreaking ceremony for Trianon Lofts on July 21, 2016. This four-story, $12.8 million mixed-use development located in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, will include 24 market-rate apartments, sitting atop 7,000 square feet of commercial space currently rented out by Lela’s Land of Learning Child Care Center. Above the first floor’s storefront glazing, a subtly patterned rainscreen-clad façade, inspired by the traditional masonry buildings typical of the area, will harmonize with its surroundings while offering a brightly contemporary look for its occupants.

Construction is estimated to be completed in September, 2017.

The project has also been featured in recent articles in Chicago Tribune and DNAinfo.

Concordia Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Press

By | August 2, 2016 | Milestones, Projects, Publications | No Comments

Concordia BUZZUrbanWorks’ design for Concordia Day Ravenswood was unveiled today at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 6,000 square foot childcare center. Located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, the market-rate center intends to use its net revenue to underwrite subsidized programs at its other locations. Design features include classrooms that mimic a field of daisies, low height partitions between learning spaces, and acoustic ceiling panels which provide acoustical control between spaces as well referencing the petals of a flower.

The project has also been featured in recent articles in The Chicago Sun Times as well as Crain’s Chicago Business.

A Safe Haven Announces Veteran Village Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

By | June 1, 2016 | Milestones, Projects | No Comments

Melrose Mailchimp smallOn Flag Day, Tuesday June 14th, 2016 A Safe Haven will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the UrbanWorks-designed Melrose Park Veteran Village in Melrose Park, Illinois. The event will take place between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Local stakeholders and community members are invited to RSVP and join in this celebratory event.
A Safe Haven Veteran Village provides 35 dwelling units for veterans and their families as well as an on-site Management Office and Tot Lot for children to play. This project will mark A Safe Haven’s 40th related housing development across the Chicagoland area.

Life Changers International Church Grand Opening

By | December 18, 2015 | Milestones | No Comments

Life ChangersThe UrbanWorks designed Life Changers International Church’s city campus officially opened on November 22, 2015. Set in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, this is Life Changers’ first urban spiritual center. The church chose this location to serve a need for contemplative and communal spaces in a dense urban environment and to secure its place as one of the most unique multicultural churches in America. The project is an adaptive reuse of an originally windowless, two story 63,000 square foot cold storage facility into an 870 person auditorium/worship center, with pre-function space, classrooms, and meeting spaces.

UrbanWorks Designs Paseo Boricua Arts Building

By | February 25, 2015 | Milestones | No Comments

BoardThe greatly anticipated project will transform seven buildings on the 2700 Block of West Division Street, including the former site of Ashland Sausage Company—vacant since 2005—into the first-ever cultural building in Chicago with a holistic focus on providing live/work space and promoting the talents of local artists in various media.  The building will offer 15 live/work residences for artists and their families; a 99 seat multi-media theater with film, theatre, and concert performances; and a nearly 3,000 square foot art gallery with a retail component allowing resident and local artists to sell their artworks.  A piano lounge showcasing wines from Latin America and spirits from the Caribbean will become an anchor for nightlife on the Paseo Boricua corridor.

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Granderson Stadium Grand Opening

By | April 17, 2014 | Milestones | No Comments

GrandersonUrbanWorks’ and Populous’ designed UICs Curtis Granderson Stadium officially opened on April 17, 2014. Granderson, a Flames Hall of Famer and current New York Mets outfielder was present to throw the first pitch. Granderson’s gift of $5 million to UIC is the largest one-time donation from a professional athlete to their alma mater. The new ball bark has total capacity of 1,784 seats, a press box, media suite, training room, team room, and two outdoor turf practice fields.

UrbanWorks Celebrates 20 Years

By | November 15, 2013 | Milestones | No Comments

20YearUrbanWorks celebrates 20 Years of Architecture, Interiors, and Planning amongst 85 colleagues and clients at The Screening Room at the Public Hotel, 1301 N. State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60610. The celebration highlighted UrbanWorks’ positive impact in Chicago and other cities across the United States. UrbanWorks’ projects span across 40 Chicago neighborhoods, including the design of affordable housing for 5,000 families, over 65 school renovations, additions, and new construction, and completion of 4,475,003 sq feet of architecture – larger than the footprint of Rhode Island.  The firm has won over 25 major design awards, and is proud of its talented staff from 10 states and 11 countries.