The core and superstructure is now rising for Harper Court Phase II, located at 5201 S Harper Avenue in Hyde Park. Officially dubbed “Hyde Park Labs,” the mixed-use 13-story building is an effort between The University of Chicago, Trammell Crow, and Beacon Capital Partners. The 302,000-square-foot structure will consist primarily of lab and office space geared towards STEM-orient companies, while also introducing 4,000 square feet of retail. The University of Chicago will occupy a portion of the $225 million building for its own engineering and quantum research.
According to the project website, the 215-foot-tall building will offer 40,000 square feet of total amenity space, including an indoor bar and lounge, an executive boardroom, and a large terrace atop an existing section of the Phase I construction. This new outdoor area will come with a lawn, grilling stations, and fire pits. As far as transit accommodations, there will 125 new parking spaces built into an underground level and the second through fifth floors. There will also be a secure bike room at ground level.
The floor-to-floor height on levels 5-12 will measure 14.5 feet, while the 13th floor will measure 15.5 feet. Tenant floor plates will span just under 35,000 square feet, each of which will come with a private terrace. Tenants will also be connected through the University of Chicago to various STEM outreach and internship programs for South Side youth, and will have the option to partner with local high schools to help prepare students for disciplines such as architecture, engineering, and construction.
The design, by Elkus Manfredi Architects and Interactive Design Architects, features floor-to-ceiling windows and light gray metal throughout the majority of the facade. Along the parking levels will be a metal screen wall system.
Regarding the nearest public transportation, bus service for Routes 15 and 28 buses is available just east along S Lake Park Avenue. Other nearby options include Route 6 at the nearby S Hyde Park & 53rd Street, while Routes 2, 15, and 172 are all reachable at E Hyde Park & Lake Park to the north. For rail service, the 51st/53rd St Metra station is located within a block of the site grounds.