The University of Illinois Chicago’s new Computer Design Research and Learning Center continues to make significant progress, with its steel frame now at full height. Located at 900 W Taylor Street near the southern end of the main campus in Little Italy, the five-story addition will be adjacent to the existing Science and Engineering Labs building.
The university is overseeing the development, which will provide 135,000 square feet of programming, including state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. The center will have 16,000 square feet of classrooms, 35 labs, a student affairs office, and other spaces, such as a full-height atrium contained between the new structure and the existing engineering building. Additionally, there will be a 1,200-square-foot robotics lab and an open-air amenity terrace on the third level.
Designed by Booth Hansen and LMN Architects, the structure has a flowing curvilinear exterior that includes recessed windows with precast concrete, metal paneling, and terra cotta accents. The massing is set back to allow for the open-air terrace.
Public transportation options are nearby, with CTA bus transit for Routes 12, 157, and 126, as well as Blue Line service at the Racine station.
W.E. O’Neil Construction is the general contractor for the $118 million construction project, with Duco Cement Construction serving as the subcontractor for concrete construction. The project is expected to open fully this summer.