FS crews prep for 2017 summer construction season

Rendering of light-flooded interior forum at the Keller Center, now under construction.

Façade renovations, landscape enhancements, and interior building renovations are just a few of the critical projects Facilities Services crews will tackle during the 2017 summer construction season.

Key updates on major projects include:

  • Renovations continue for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute's vibrant new home in the John Crerar Library building, as well as renovated library spaces to provide a range of research services for faculty and students on campus. Combined, these efforts will transform the building into an exciting campus hub for collaboration, instruction, research and support, especially around computing and data science.
  • The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge (SIFK) is planned for completion in summer 2017, with vibrant landscaping taking place this summer to truly enhance the site. The existing building contains 7,450- square-feet, with a proposed addition re-envisioned for the Institute which will function as a research laboratory and incubator for University of Chicago faculty and visiting scholars, as well as, doctoral and post-doctoral scholars associated with the program. The building is a complete renovation, and passersby can certainly take in the magnitude.
  • At campus south, The Keller Center, the future home of the University of Chicago Harris School and related institutes, is underway. The Keller Center will be an adaptive reuse of a 120,000- square-foot building designed by Edward Durell Stone, originally built in 1962, located at 1307 East 60th Street (previously the New Graduate Residence Hall), plus a rooftop addition. The building has served many functions over its history, most recently as New Grad. While retaining and preserving the key features of its original construction, the redesign will incorporate new ideas and technology in a sustainable development. The new facility, much larger than the current Harris School, will provide an appropriate space for teaching, research, and events for faculty, students, and visiting scholars.

We provide updates on upcoming construction activities to the campus community on a regular basis via email and this website. As is typical, campus will be busy this summer with workers on- site throughout the day, with occasional after-hours and weekend work required.

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