Chicago — The residential commons and dining hall will open in 2016.
Chicago — Construction has begun on an 800-bed undergraduate housing development on the north end of the University of Chicago campus. Studio Gang Architects, led by Jeanne Gang, is the architect on the project and is working alongside Mortenson Construction. The facility, which includes a dining commons, will open in 2016. The team is pursuing LEED-Gold certification. Gang has led the design on several award-winning buildings in Chicago, including Aqua, an 82-story, mixed-use residential tower.
Jeanne Gang says the project presents an opportunity to advance the university's goals toward a cohesive, sustainable campus populated by great architecture and strong ties to the Hyde Park community.
"We are excited to develop our design that focuses on creating vibrant student communities within the residence halls, connected to a series of new, active public green spaces and environments," says Gang.
The residence hall will include eight houses of approximately 100 students each, with first- through fourth-year students living together. Each house will be structured around a three-story lounge, where students can meet, study, and relax. The design includes special accommodations for third- and fourth-year students seeking a more independent living experience, including private rooms and kitchen facilities.
In keeping with House System tradition, faculty members and advanced graduate students will live with the undergraduates as resident staff. They will cultivate the communities within each house by organizing trips around the city and extending classroom learning through lectures, programs, and events.