The new 135,000-square-foot Computer Design, Research and Learning Center (CDRLC) at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) will consolidate the University’s Computer Engineering & Science Departments into a new home and co-locate it with a large cluster of classrooms at the heart of the East Campus.
The CDRLC will create a hub for both computer engineering and computer science that includes research areas comprised of faculty offices, collaboration areas, dry lab and specialty lab; administrative and student affairs office spaces; collaborative teaching and learning spaces for undergraduate and graduate students; an undergraduate learning and community center; and a flexible events room; all unified by a five-story, day-lit atrium. It will notably house a 1,200-square-foot robotics lab and UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research lab.
Construction is expected to begin Summer 2021 under an accelerated schedule to meet the needs of the increasing student base of the department, doubling its capacity by Summer 2023.
Building on UIC’s successes with geo-thermal energy resources, the project will include a new geo-thermal farm beneath the Walter Netsch-designed Memorial Grove garden area that will assist with sustainable heating and cooling of the building. The CDRLC building is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
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University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
Estimated Completion: August 2023