The architect designed an academic classroom, living and conference center complex for DePaul University, Roosevelt University and Columbia College. The new facilities are on a city block bordered by State Street, Congress Parkway, Wabash Avenue and Harrison Street in the central area of Chicago—within two blocks of the downtown campuses of the ASSOCIATED FIRMAntunovich AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$136.55CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges institutions.
The residence-hall component of the project includes 800 beds for DePaul University, 500 beds for Columbia College and 400 beds for Roosevelt University. Room configurations vary with each institution. For example, DePaul’s room mix includes double semi-suites (four beds, one bath), single semi-suites (four beds, one bath), married student/faculty apartments (one-, two- and three-bedroom units), and rooms for resident advisers. Study lounges are situated throughout the complex.
The second floor of the building functions primarily as student-life space. It includes the main dining hall, kitchen, servery, private dining, recreation center, game room, multipurpose room, 21 music practice rooms, an art room, laundry facility and student-work display gallery. This area also contains administrative offices and student-life offices.
"The creativity of this project, from its business plan to its floor plan, is outstanding."--2005 jury