SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component
University of Chicago
Rendering by Ann Beha Architects
Ann Beha Architects; Gensler; OLIN; Thornton Tomasetti; dbHMS; Terra Engineering; Schuler Shook; Kirkegaard Associates; Shen Milsom & Wilke; Building Conservation Associates; Turner Construction Company
“ . . . very comprehensive with a beautiful outcome . . . worked with neighbors to establish the new precinct . . . admiral job of growing a campus by acquisition and new development . . . ”
Planning for growth in constrained settings and addressing reuse of heritage buildings is a campus planning challenge. To provide a new location for expanding academic programs, the University acquired the 77,000-sf Chicago Theological Seminary adjacent to the campus and an historic neighborhood. Developed with the neighborhood, city aldermen and agencies, faculty, students, and leadership, this plan built consensus around shared urban, academic, and neighborhood values. The plan establishes a new academic precinct and a setting for interdisciplinary studies, minimizing new footprint, re-purposing historic resources, and reclaiming underutilized property for campus and community.