UIC Unveils New Academic and Residential Complex

A newly built Academic and Residential Complex was unveiled at UIC.  The complex will provide the campus with a state-of-the-art living-learning community as enrollment in Chicago’s only public research university continues to show record enrollment gains.

The complex, located along I-290 adjacent to the Chicago Transit Authority’s Peoria Street Bridge and Blue Line Station, is made up of a 54,000-square-foot, two-story academic building as well as a 146,000-square-foot, 10-story residence hall, which includes 548 beds.

The $100 million facility was part of a public-private partnership with American Campus Communities, an Austin, Texas-based company and the nation’s largest developer, owner and manager of high-quality student housing communities. The development was designed by Chicago-based SCB architects.

“This new facility will revitalize campus housing and provide much-needed amenities to our students,” said UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis. The building holds 83,000 square feet of residence space, including a mix of traditional dorm rooms and suite-style units. Currently, there are nine dorms on the UIC campus, the last built in 2007.

Students also will have an opportunity to be taught among the 51,000 square feet of academic space in the structure, including three large lecture halls, four classrooms, several small group study rooms, a tutoring center, computer stations and collaboration spaces. The largest classroom seats 258 people.

In addition, the building houses 16,000 square feet of shared spaces, including lounges for studying and student interaction, offices, laundry rooms, a fitness center, a 10th-floor sky lounge, as well as 1,600 square feet of retail space that will house a Starbucks run and operated by students.


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