University of Chicago Quad Portal / ChicagoIL
The University of Chicago hired Gensler and Krueck+Sexton to design a “portal” through Edward H. Levi Hall - the University’s administration building - in order to enhance students’ ability to travel around campus.

On the main quadrangle in the heart of the campus, Levi sits along a prominent pathway. Prior to the renovation, pedestrians frequently walked through the building, disrupting the building’s operations. The University sought to remedy this while also creating a stronger link between the main campus and the medical center campus while also enhancing the East-West access through the entire school.

The project’s main distinctive design feature is the high-end VS-1 curtain wall system. The mullion-only system holds the glass away from the mullion without bolt fixings or transoms, creating a visual ‘floating’ effect. The angular glass sections provide a unique architectural look for the portal. High-end details were included throughout, including nickel-silver finishes on the renovated elevator cabs, and balanced doors were installed to provide easy and smooth operation for the building’s occupants. Granite pavers match the campus aesthetic while a heating system below the pavers eliminates snow in the winter.

Facts And Figures

University of Chicago

Completed December 2013

$5,400,000

15,000 square feet

Delivery Methods

Construction Manager at Risk

The Team

Awards

Chicago Building Congress (CBC) Merit Award for New Construction