Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center

Chicago, Illinois




Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130


45,651 sq.ft.

Completion Date


The Plumbers Local 130 UA Training Center unites people, place, and process to create a vocational training facility that attracts and inspires new generations of plumbers. Materials synonymous with the plumbing trade—copper pipe, galvanized steel, and black pipe—inspire the building’s palette.
Gensler’s approach to this facility was to showcase the important work plumbers perform within each aspect of the built environment. Every pipe is displayed and fully reconfigurable, and the whole building functions as a living classroom for apprentices. Unique, purpose-built educational spaces, such as “hot works” classrooms and a three-story workshop mimicking a traditional Chicago three-flat, enable apprentices to apply and test concepts in real-life scenarios. These concepts, supplemented by the building’s photovoltaic and water reclamation systems, harness plumbers’ commitment to building sustainably.
The stunning design of this state-of-the-art training facility in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop equips the future of skilled labor with the tools to learn real-world skills, and apply them to projects in Chicago and beyond.

Additional Information


Bronze Citation

Featured in

2018 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Vocational/Industrial Arts Areas

AS&U Design Competitions

The ultimate tribute to education design excellence. If selected for publication, this distinctive...

Have an exceptional project that deserves national recognition? Want to show your best work to the...