After successful collaborations on several childcare renovation projects, Metropolitan Family Services engaged SMNG A for the design of their first brand new childcare center to be located in the Gage Park neighborhood of Chicago’s southwest side.

The new two-story facility relates to the larger campus of its neighbors, the UNO Soccer Academy and UNO High School with strong architectural forms. To facilitate a dialog with its neighbors, and as part of the same Planned Development, the new facility is designed as a simple square structure with similar silver and charcoal cladding.



To create a unique identity to the building playful colors were applied to the primary entrance, secondary access points, and to several windows.

When complete, this facility will provide (4) infant/toddler rooms, (2)2-year old care rooms, (4)3-5 year old care rooms, a large motor skills room, multi-purpose room, parent resource room, a cooking kitchen, reception and administrative offices, and building support. The exterior of the facility will provide landscaped and fenced play areas for infant/toddlers and the older children. The site will also include an on-site pedestrian drop-off area and parking for 36 automobiles.


Metropolitan Family Services


32,244 GSF

Completion Date 


Key Staff 

Jack Murchie, Designer

Todd Niemiec, Project Director

Chey Hsiao Taylor, Project Architect

Tim Burd, Project Manager

Eveliz Vega-Parleir, Project Manager