Foundation work is progressing for the University of Illinois Chicago’s new computer science building, set to rise five stories at 900 W Taylor Street in Little Italy. Known as the Computer Design Research and Learning Center, this five-story structure will attach to UIC’s existing Science and Engineering Labs building while adding 135,000 square feet of new programming.
The planned spaces include 16,000 square feet of classrooms, 35 labs, a student affairs office, and an undergrad learning and community center. Notably there will also be a 1,200-square-foot robotics lab and a large terrace on the third floor. Between the center and the existing building will be a full-height atrium with natural light easy access to each of the floors.
The design by Booth Hansen and Seattle-based LMN Architects showcases a curvilinear facade with large recessed windows, precast concrete, metal paneling, and Terra Cotta accents. The massing is set back at the third level in order to allow for the open-air amenity terrace.
Transit to and from the facility includes the CTA L Blue Line at the UIC-Halsted station via a nine-minute walk north. Bus service for Route 157 is available at the adjacent 900 W Taylor Street stop. Also nearby are additional stops for Route 8 via Halsted & Taylor, along with Route 12 via 900 W Roosevelt Road.
Construction is expected to cost $118 million, with W.E. O’Neil Construction serving as the general contractor and Duco Cement Construction as the concrete subcontractor. A full opening is anticipated for summer of next year.