On two square blocks north of the Chicago Loop, a two-story multi-purpose facility was designed with a U-shaped plan that maximizes the site, providing space for classrooms and laboratories. The building is a simple combination of pre-cast concrete and wide flange steel beams that creates spirited exterior and interior spaces, including an enclosed atrium exposed through a glass façade. Outside, five columns support a canopy, while monumental steel letters advertise the school in its new location.
Designing within aggressive budget constraints, Booth Hansen used basic materials and construction systems which minimized field labor. These materials are left unfinished and exposed, appropriate for a technical school. The dramatic signage unites with economical construction in a celebration of Coyne’s industrial history and future.
Coyne CollegeType: Educational
Location: Chicago, IL
Client: Coyne College
Size: 80,000 SF