After School Matters, a non-profit organization providing year-round, after-school opportunities for Chicago high school teens, teamed with LIUNA Chicago Laborers’ District Council and Eckenhoff Saunders to design a unique mosaic honoring fallen laborers. The mosaic is prominently featured on LiUNA’s new expanded training facility in North Austin.
Eckenhoff Saunders led the design effort for LiUNA’s new facility expansion to accommodate their growing membership requiring training and educational support. The new 53,000 sf facility features bays for equipment and vehicle training, classrooms, a new dining facility, and a steel cutting shop. A green roof covers most of the new buildings.
In addition to the new expansion, the existing building was re-planned and renovated to improve on-site training. A former vehicle maintenance area was converted to an auditorium for large gatherings and graduation celebrations. Administrative and support areas were also upgraded, and 150 new parking spaces were added.