UIC breaks ground on new academic and residential complex

WCN Editorial Team 18 Jan 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has broken ground on a 10-storey ‘living-learning’ building near Harrison and Morgan streets in Chicago, Illinois to provide residential and academic spaces for students.

The tower will be built along I-290 adjacent to the Chicago Transit Authority’s renovated Peoria Street Bridge and Blue Line Station.

The $100m facility is part of a public-private partnership with American Campus Communities, a developer, owner and manager of student housing communities, based in Texas.

The project will be financed primarily through a tax-exempt bond issuance with Collegiate Housing Foundation serving as the borrower and owner of the project.

The building has been designed by Chicago-based SCB architects.

Upon completion in 2019, the building will hold 83,000ft2 of residential space, housing 550 beds in a mix of traditional dorm rooms and suite-style units.

The building will also house 16,000ft2 of shared spaces, including lounges for studying and student interaction, offices, laundry rooms, a fitness centre, a 10th-floor sky lounge, as well as 1,600ft2 of retail space expected to house a coffee shop.

The plans also include 51,000ft2 of academic space in the structure, including three large lecture halls, four classrooms, several small group study rooms, a tutoring centre, computer stations and collaboration spaces.

The project is part of a decade-long master plan for the development of UIC.

In November, UIC also broke ground for a 50,000ft2 Engineering Innovation Building that will house instructional space, research labs and staff offices. It will include the university’s first high-bay structural research lab.

The building, near Taylor and Morgan streets, will concentrate the College of Engineering in one area on the east side of campus by 2019. It will provide room for chemical, mechanical and industrial engineering, civil and materials engineering departments.

Additional projects are in the planning phase and they will be presented as part of the overall master plan later in 2018.


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