The design for UIC’s new South Campus Mixed-Use Development embodies the relationship between student life, academic enrichment, and social and convocation requirements in an urban campus setting.
The project includes a 3,000-seat convocation center, “The Forum;” a Residence Hall for 750 students; a dining facility; a 150-seat event center; student study room spaces; and retail tenants. The primary program elements are linked to each other at levels one and two via shared public, front-of-house pre-function spaces and back-of-house service and support functions. A series of social spaces provide venues for interaction to guide visitors and residents to their destinations.
The complex of facilities is designed to encourage students to spend more time on campus while providing venues that also attract the local community. The program and the site also offer a truly unique opportunity to establish an identity for the South Campus. The pedestrian-scaled development includes landscape design features such as planting areas, trees, benches, and plaza paving and lighting. The very prominent location allows stunning views both to and from the new campus.
The project was completed while I was working for HOK.