July 5, 2022
Project #2 in our Centennial Year Countdown of our Top 100 Projects is one that involved a collaboration with one of the signature architects of all-time – Mies van der Rohe. The Federal Center, a $100M, 3-building complex, designed by Mies, houses U.S. Postal Service facilities, federal court facilities, and government offices. For this project, Epstein was part of multi-firm Joint-Venture comprised of The Office of Mies van der Rohe; Schmidt, Garden & Erikson; & C.F. Murphy Associates.
These three-buildings all featured Mies’ signature minimalist glass and steel design and utilized an interior planning module which provided the greatest degree of flexibility to meet the client’s ever changing needs.
This complex also features a large open public plaza which features the popular “Flamingo” sculpture created by the famed artist Alexander Calder.
In 1975, shortly after the entire campus was completed, this project received the Distinguished Building Award presented by the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.