John Crerar Library Renovation


Renovations beginning in spring 2017 will provide a vibrant new home in the John Crerar Library building for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute. Included as well are 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 work on the building’s top two floors, which began in March, will create a state-of-the-art academic space including closed and open offices, conference rooms, spaces for experimental research, graduate student offices and a large gathering area for departmental seminars, workshops and distinguished speaker lectures. The design creates an interactive environment to support the collaborative integration of the Department of Computer Science with the Computation Institute and anticipates the changing needs of the department. Windows will be added to the building’s façade on the top floor and skylights to the roof in order to allow natural light into the deep floor plan. On the first floor, the Computer Science Instructional Laboratory will be expanded to accommodate growing student interest and demand for Computer Science course offerings.

The first floor will continue to serve users of the John Crerar Library. A new services desk in the lobby will be a gateway to library research services and the collections remaining in the building. A café will be built as part of the renovated lobby to provide an energizing place for informal interactions. These alterations, together with collaborative spaces and teaching/seminar spaces, will make the first floor a focal point for faculty and students across the University interested in learning, experimenting and working with new software, technologies, and programs around data science such as geographic information systems or GIS; collaborating on innovative and emerging programs around data-driven discovery and digital media; and accessing information and research resources.

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Project Team

Architect: Payette Associates, Inc
Construction Manager: Bulley & Andrews, LLC
Project Manager: Jennifer Robles, 773.702.1638

Project Updates

March 2017: Begin demolition
June 2017: Begin construction
August 2018: Target Occupancy


Crerar first floor merged service desk.

A northeast view of the first floor merged service desk.

Natural light floods the reconfigured third floor space.

New exterior with third story windows installed. Picture taken 04/24/18

Under construction view looking south east toward the UChicago Bookstore. Picture taken 04/24/18

Under construction view looking south east from the new third floor windows toward Hinds Geophysics Lab. Picture taken 04/24/18

Under construction view of the new stairwell leading to the third floor. Picture taken 04/24/18

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