Kennedy-King College

Chicago, Illinois

  • CLIENT

    Public Building Commission of Chicago

  • AREA

    467,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $100,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    7/2007

Kennedy-King College, situated in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, is an entirely new college campus. Housed in six buildings totaling more than 467,000 square feet, this recent addition to the City Colleges of Chicago network offers coursework in a broad range of disciplines and revitalizes the local community.

The campus replaces a struggling ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMVOA Associates IncorporatedCOST PER SQ FT$214.13FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms district isolated by a traffic bypass. The master plan reintroduces the street grid, increasing pedestrian and local traffic between buildings. An elevated train station and local buses take commuters to the heart of the campus. Most important, several buildings are grouped to form an inviting green quadrangle punctuated by a campus clock tower, creating a new landmark for the college and surrounding neighborhood.

Inside, Kennedy-King College offers efficient, state-of-the-art education facilities with generous windows and well-coordinated finishes. In addition to its library, 22 classrooms, and 24 science and computer laboratories, the college has six teaching kitchens and a large dining hall in its culinary-arts program, as well as television and radio studios, and printing and automotive science shops.

The campus also has facilities that enable students and faculty to reach out to the public. The culinary school has a full restaurant and bakery. The 300-seat theater has a full stage block that not only serves to teach stagecraft, but also accommodates significant theatrical and musical productions. The child-development department includes childcare facilities to serve students and neighborhood residents. The broadcasting department is the new home of WYCC Channel 20, a local public-television station. The athletic department includes a gymnasium and a lofty natatorium with bleacher seating for competitions.

Finally, the administrative wing includes a soaring two-story atrium that welcomes all who visit the new college—a space that speaks to the energy and optimistic spirit of the entire campus.