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12 Oct 2022

UIC’s Computer Design Research and Learning Center Goes Vertical in Little Italy

UIC’s Computer Design Research and Learning Center Goes Vertical in Little Italy

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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