Facing a lease expiration in June 2021, Metropolitan Family Services engaged Wight & Company to design a new space for their administrative headquarters. Pre-lease activities were disrupted by the pandemic and led the team to re-examine how to best support the organization’s 165-year commitment to Chicago and surrounding communities. Subleasing a floor in an existing building represented an idea solution.

With amenities important for their future work environment, the reimagined space included a new front entry and reception area, a mix of open work spaces and private focus rooms, and a specialized conference room that not only accommodated all board members but also included state of the art technology for hybrid meetings. The designers took care to repurpose furnishings wherever possible to ensure the project stayed under budget. To tie it all together, Wight worked with the Metropolitan Family Service’s Communications and Marketing Department to apply the organization’s branding elements throughout the space, truly making it their own.

Since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has empowered families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive. Wight & Company is pleased to be part of their continuing mission to serve the community.

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MFS 5057

Location: Chicago, IL

Project Completion: 2021

Project Size: 27,180 sf

Services: Architecture, Construction Management