New Chicago Theological Seminary

Chicago theological seminary at night

Overview

The New Chicago Theological Seminary consists of the construction of a 78,000 gross square foot, 4-story seminary with full basement for future growth space. The first and second floors house faculty and staff offices, classrooms, a small chapel, and a meditation space. The third floor houses the Learning and Student Commons. General assembly rooms are located on the fourth floor in the form of a worship space and adjacent dining room, with support facilities including a sacristy, kitchen, and storage. Design includes a green roof and energy and resource saving features with the goal of achieving LEED Silver certification.

This new construction project is a partnership between the University of Chicago and the Chicago Theological Seminary. The Chicago Theological Seminary is an independent educational institution and affiliated seminary of the United Church of Christ. Construction of the new seminary building is a part of the agreement between the Seminary and University for the purchase of two existing Seminary buildings located adjacent to the University campus.

Rendering courtesy of Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney

Project Team

Project Manager: Desiree DiLucente
Architect: Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney
General Contractor: W.E. O’Neil

Project contact: Desiree DiLucente, ddilucente@uchicago.edu

Project Updates

Past Milestones:

  • July 2009: Building design finalized
  • May 2010: Site excavation began
  • June through September 2010: Excavation, caissons and foundations installed
  • September 2011: Construction completed
  • January 2012: Building occupied

Photos

North Elevation

Community Construction Fence Mural

Community Construction Fence Mural

Site Excavation

Site Excavation

Foundation Wall and Columns Installation

Foundation Wall and Columns Installation

Slab on Grade Installation

Slab on Grade Installation