On Sunday, July 16th, the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library was featured in an episode of "Built to Last." Aired on Chicago's ABC 7 , the series profiles prominent buildings realized by the city's unionized carpenters and contractors. SOM Strategic Management Leader James Mark is interviewed in Episode 10 of the series, titled "The Pebble and the River." Prior to joining SOM, Mark was Senior Vice President at Wight and Company, SOM's design-build partner on the Chinatown Branch.
The Chinatown Branch of the city's public library system was designed by SOM in collaboration with Wight and Company. Since opening in August 2015, the library has served as a civic, educational, and social hub for Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood. Its flexible design accommodates the library's diverse programming and a range of community activities. The award-winning building has been honored by the American Institute of Architects, the American Library Association, and the Design-Build Institute of America.