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In general, Bertrand Goldberg’s work can be classified into two different types of projects. From 1937 until 1957, Goldberg concentrated on small, intimate projects, either independent residential design, or industrial design and small-scale commercial architecture. Over time, his industrial focus was folded into his architectural practice, but throughout his career, Goldberg was applying new technologies and new methodologies to his projects. At the end of this period, Goldberg had been published, received awards for his projects, and had built numerous projects. His largest built work in this period was Drexel Homes, a public housing project on the south side of Chicago.

This range of explorations and executed work, while smaller in scale, set the stage for the breakthrough that Marina City represented for both Goldberg as a designer and Bertrand Goldberg Associates as an office. Following Marina City, Goldberg and his firm were able to work at a vastly larger scale, and explored a wide range of work for large scale urban projects, schools, and major health care facilities. Over the next twenty years, the office focused on the medical and educational field, building numerous large-scale hospitals and several educational campuses. All were exploratory in purpose, form, and construction methodologies.