Chicago State University Technology Center



Location: Chicago, Illinois
Designed in: 2009
Size: 363,000sf
Client: Chicago State University
Partner: HOK 
The programmed size of the proposed Science and Technology Center is 210,000 net usable square feet, which translates into a total gross building size of 363,000 square feet. Architecturally, the new Science and Technology Center follows a sustainable approach. The higher south bar, containing ribbon windows within a rain-screen wall, provides solar protection for the atrium and the elements north of the bar. The base of the building is clad in stone clearly defining entry points into the Nucleus. A curtain wall system with solar protection is used above the stone base north of the south bar. The curtain wall system provides maximum access to natural day-lighting while projecting the community of science and outreach towards the other academic buildings strengthening the idea of campus.