Steel has now risen above grade for the University Of Illinois Chicago Computer Design Research and Learning Center, a five-story addition to the existing Science and Engineering Labs building at 900 W Taylor Street in Little Italy.
The new structure will yield 135,000 square feet of programming total programming, with state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. The center will house of 16,000 square feet of classrooms, 35 labs, a student affairs office, and more. There will also be a 1,200-square-foot robotics lab as well as easy access to each floor via a full-height atrium with natural light.
The design by Chicago-based Booth Hansen and LMN Architects in Seattle, has a flowing facade that includes big recessed windows with precast concrete, metal paneling, and terra cotta accents. To allow for the open-air amenity terrace at the third level, the massing is set back.
The CTA L Blue Line at UIC-Halsted station is a nine-minute walk, while bus service for Route 157 is available at the adjacent 900 W Taylor Street stop. There are also additional stops within a five-minute walk for Routes 8 and 12.
W.E O’Neil Construction Co. has been selected as the general contractor for a $118 million construction project, with Duco Cement Construction serving as the subcontractor for concrete construction. The expected completion date is summer 2023.
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That atrium is beautiful
I would really like to see UIC continue to make investments and become a leading academic institution along the lines of Michigan, UCLA, etc. giving Chicago an ‘elite’ public university.
I think UIC is on the way to doing that! It will be exciting to see how UIC will continue to evolve. I think their masterplan for the next phase is exciting. I am looking forward to seeing more development on the west campus though.