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Mortenson Construction and Studio Gang Architects selected as design-build team for University of Chicago’s Campus North Residence Hall and Dining Commons

Studio Gang Architects, led by renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, has been selected to design a major new residence hall and dining commons on the north end of the University of Chicago campus, officials announced.

The signature facility, which will house roughly 800 undergraduates, is designed around the College’s distinctive House System, with an emphasis on building community. Studio Gang will collaborate with Mortenson Construction on the project, which is expected to open in 2016.

“This building embodies our vision for our housing system,” said Karen Warren Coleman, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services. “It will serve as an incubator for intellectual and personal development to the benefit of the students who live there and the entire campus community,” she said. The Studio Gang-Mortenson proposal was chosen from among dozens of entries through a rigorous process involving faculty, staff, students, and University and community stakeholders.

“This world-­class design from Jeanne Gang, one of the most innovative architects of our time, continues our commitment to architecture that cultivates a scholarly community,” said Steve Wiesenthal, Associate Vice President and University Architect. “We are fortunate to be working with her and her team, and delighted that, after looking around the globe, we found the best answer here in Chicago.”

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Intimate communities in a big city

Jeanne Gang said the project presents an opportunity to advance the University’s goals toward a cohesive, sustainable campus populated by great architecture and strong ties to the Hyde Park community.

“We are excited to develop our design that focuses on creating vibrant student communities within the residence halls, connected to a series of new, active public green spaces and environments,” said Gang.

“The design of the new residence hall reflects how students want to live when they come to UChicago—to have their school, work, home, and recreational lives knitted together for a full College experience,” Coleman said.

“The goal of the design is to encourage more connections and more interactions between people,” Gang said.

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A transformative project

“Mortenson couldn’t be more excited to partner with Studio Gang and the University of Chicago on this transformative project,” said Greg Werner, vice president and general manager of Mortenson Construction’s Chicago office. “We look forward to delivering world-­class architecture that will serve as an international model and significantly enhance the student academic experience.”

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Renderings courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

University Avenue

House Lounge

Reading Room Building

Southeast Bird's Eye View

Commons Night