November 16, 2021
For you snack food fans, project no. 48 in our Top 100 countdown will be near and dear to you. The Epstein-designed, engineered and built expansion of a General Mills plant in West Chicago was the first facility to manufacture Bugles.
Completed in 1966, this expansion was necessary so General Mills could not only produce the newly developed Bugles, but also Whistles and Daisies. This addition featured a 135-foot-long pedestrian bridge made of precast concrete to connect a new warehouse with the existing manufacturing building.
Additionally, this building was completed using a very unique delivery method for the mid-60s: DesignBuild. In collaboration with our construction staff, Epstein’s architects and engineers were able to knock off 11 months compared to a typical construction schedule, allowing General Mills to begin producing, distributing and selling Bugles, Whistles and Daisies nearly a year earlier than previously planned.