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Home: University and Community, including University Master Plans. Visit also: Doctors Hospital. Harper Theater 53rd "Heart of Hyde Park." South Campus Plan. Context- what's in play in development? See Planned Dev. 43, Woodlawn Avenue, City-UC MOU historic collaboration.

January 30, Wednesday, 7 pm. The 53rd St. TIF Advisory Council mmet on a special day to hear presentation on the University developer's plans for the "McMobil" site (which will be a Planned Development) (in the 1300 block of E. 53rd St. north side) and to discuss other agenda items. Kenwood Academy Little Theater, 5015 S. Blackstone.

February 4, Monday, 6 pm. UC Community met on a new project and planned development for 5200 S. Cottage Grove. We would like to invite you to a community meeting to discuss a proposed new project and Planned Development. The University of Chicago owns land in the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove, which includes a vacant parcel (previously the site of a CTA bus barn) and an existing one-story building. Our proposal includes constructing a new two-story building on the vacant parcel.
The meeting date and location: Monday, February 4, 6:00 p.m. Friend Center 800 East 55th Street, Classroom B-319. We look forward to seeing you to review specifics about our proposed development. Additionally, I can be reached at 773-702-6422. Please note:

· If you are driving to the meeting, please travel on 55th Street, head north on Ellis Avenue and immediately turn west onto the “old” 55th Street. Proceed past the Ronald McDonald House (turreted building on the north side of the street) and park in the parking lot. The lot is ADA accessible and has designated ADA parking spaces.
· If you require an ADA accessible entrance, one is available on 55th Street towards the east side of the building, as marked.

February 27, Wedneday, 6 pm. Meeting on changing the 58th dead end street west of Ellis to a pedmall. Cummings, 920 E. 58th St.

Link to the University's planned dev. for 5201 S. Cottage Grove is

Projects coordinator is Derrick Bailey. Chief top administration for is Steve Wiesenthal, Ms. Murkaski is in charge. Involved: Sustainability director Ilsa Flanagan.

Note that there is a new University architect and overall planner, Steve Wiesenthal. David Greene is now Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

Work started on Becker-Friedman Institute December 2012.

The University of Chicago applied in November 2012 for demolition permits for the appartment building where Ronald Regan lived at ages 3-4. It went into the mandatory 60 day hold and comment period for Orange-rated structures in the Historic Survey.

As revealed at a public meeting October 17, 2012, U of C will seek an amendment in Dec. 2012 to its PD43 for construction of an 1800 space garage (added to the current main 1400) at Cottage Grove and 57th. It will have an enormous loading dock underneath, tunnels to the new hospital across the street and hence through the whole medical and new science complex, and a pedestrian bridge to the new hospital. The first floor will be available for future medical uses. Spaces will be two feet wider than normal and spaces will be arranged for patient and visitor convenience. Principal entry and exit will be on Cottage Grove. It will be disguised and will have good lighting and landscape. Remaining houses in the vicinity (except 4 the UC doesn't own) will be torn down to provide staging, then green space until new structures are needed. they will consider having the structure open to the general public evenings and weekends. Ald. Hairston will introduce and support the legislation.

THE UNIV. ANNOUNCED AT THOROUGH MARCH 28 2012 MEETING A COMMITTEE like for Woodlawn Corridor/PD43 TO EXPLORE 58-CTU-ALLEY ETC. PLANS, and to explore ideas from audience. MORE MEETINGS ARE PLANNED ON THIS, TRAFFIC MGMT PLAN AND MORE. Visit March 28 page and website given there.

The University held the next public meeting on May 2 2012 be about plans for the Paulson Institute in 5711 S. Woodlawn, David Axelrod's Institute of Politics at 5707, and for the Seminary Co-op Book Store and cafe in McGiffert House, 5751 S. Woodlawn.

The meeting by Civic Engagement and Facilities, was attended by maybe 30 and brief. Again, all of these are in the Planned Development 43 as recently revised and in attendant Woodlawn Avenue Plan. New details include that the Institute of Politics (5707 Woodlawn) will get a new roof and access via enclosed stairwell and a wheelchair ramp (along the side and connecting to the rear) that will be joint with the Paulson Institute. (Henry Paulson was Treasury Secretary under G.W. Bush, David Axelrod served in the White House under Obama and heads the 2012 campaign. Both institutes are supposed to be non-partisan. Paulson center will have a staff of 7 and 5 faculty.) Construction permits are being sought and construction is expected to to start about late May and be completed by October. Meanwhile, the buildings were already stripped to studs and floorboards. Facade work will definitely be done including trim, tuck-pointing, and windows replacement.-- Neither building has been among those considered for an historic easement.

Estimates of costs and scope of remodeling are found in the Woodlawn Avenue Plan. The Paulson Institute, named after Bush Administration Treasury Secretary and former head of Goldman Sachs, will research economic relations of China and US (and China's environmental policies?) Cost to remodel the historic 5711 structures (c. 1901, gothic revival) is estimated at $1-2 million, likely to include removal of the handicapped access ramps with new access in the rear (as with main Meadville and 5707) and reconfiguration of parking (no loss-no gain).
Also to be remodeled is another structure (whether 5707 or Meadville Main were unclear in reports). Both buildings will have some exterior renovation. Residents expressed concern about the "prison yard" lights at several other university buildings in the corridor and were promised the lighting would be residential scale.

More advanced plans for the transformation of McGiffert House (5751 S. Woodlawn, 8,900 sq. ft.) first and basement floors for the Seminary-Co-op Bookstore and a cafe and landscaping to mesh better with Robie House to the south and reconfigure access will also be revealed. Cost: $3-5 million. Also revealed are plans for signage and hours of operations. University offices are expected to continue to use the upper floors. As of this writing, the University was pondering/soliciting suggestions but had made no decisions concerning the parking lot north of 5751, though it expected it would be needed by McGiffert and possibly for limited replacement parking from the larger projects related to CTS and pedestrianizing of 58th St. Some changes may be needed for the alley between Woodlawn and Kimbark.

The Seminary Coop will be configured to allow more public meetings and author events and easier navigation and wider aisles while retaining a sense of surprise around every corner. Announced also was the cafe vendor in McGiffert, Plein Air Cafe, by Soo Choi, the former owner and operator of Little Branch Cafe in the South Loop. Plein Air will specialize in signature donuts (including bacon butterscotch, sweet potato with blueberry jam and maple glaze, and maple cinnamon sugar holes. They may also a variety of gourmet vegetable and meat specialties-- all were available to sample at the meeting. The cafe will have a full kitchen and bakery. Hours will likely coincide with those of the bookstore and commence with the bookstores' opening slated for October. .

Hiring was also discussed- the goal is 30% Chicago, 30% minorities, 5% women. Construction parking is supposed to be in the 55th-Ellis garage. The traffic control plan was not yet finalized.

University of Chicago announces the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society, to be housed in the former Meadville School of Theology main building, 57th and Woodlawn.

From: Robert J. Zimmer and Thomas F. Rosenbaum []
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:58 AM
To: Faculty
Subject: New initiative in humanities and humanistic social sciences

To: University faculty
From: Robert J. Zimmer and Thomas F. Rosenbaum
Subject: New initiative in humanities and humanistic social sciences
Date: June 27, 2012

We are very pleased to announce the establishment of the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society, a major initiative in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and their connections to other disciplines. The Neubauer Collegium will focus on the study of large-scale questions that transcend any single discipline. In doing so, it will support distinctive and collaborative research projects, visiting scholars from around the world, and public outreach. The Collegium will create an intellectual destination in Hyde Park that will enhance the University’s initiatives around the globe.

The establishment of the Neubauer Collegium is based on the recommendation of Martha Roth, Dean of the Humanities Division, and Mark Hansen, Dean of the Social Sciences Division, which in turn is founded on several years of work and discussion by members of their faculties. We are especially grateful to Joe and Jeanette Neubauer, whose $26.5 million gift in support of this initiative once again sets a standard for philanthropy that has lasting impact. David Nirenberg, the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, will be the Neubauer Collegium’s founding faculty director. The Neubauer Collegium will be located in the former Meadville-Lombard Seminary building at 5701 S. Woodlawn, and will formally begin operations in fall 2012.

The Neubauer Collegium reflects the University’s commitment to humanistic inquiry and discourse, important not only for its own merits but because it comes at a time when some other institutions are retreating from the humanities. Along with investments such as the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Graduate Aid Initiative, and the broad-based expansion of University faculty, the Neubauer Collegium continues to support and build the humanities and humanistic social sciences, central to the University’s mission.

University announces summer 2012 construction schedule (see map at

West Day Care Center- ground broken June 5

Eckhardt Molecular Engineering- ground cleared and build up to start

New Hospital Pavilion 5610 S. Drexel- topped out, work continues toward January 2013 opening

34 buildings on the main campus are scheduled for varying degrees of renovation-much of north end of Quads closed to pedestrians , and part of the south quads for staging for Swift and Foster facade work.

Quadrangle pedestrianization - Snell-Hitchcock will have a hill, benches, and accessible ramps.

Former CTS (Becker Friedman) starting but Axelrod, Pullman, Meadville main- on Woodlawn will be renovated.
Electrical lines are going in under 58th Woodlawn to University (the street will be temporarily closed) and a new loading area on University is being made for Oriental Institute. The city is still reviewing permanent closure of 58th St.
Remodeling of McGiffert Hall 5157 Woodlawn for Seminary Coop and cafe.

Midway bridges and road diet- Dorchester in progress plus new underground utilities for International House and others.

Chill water, steam, electrical underground lines at various locations.

Work at the New Graduate Dorm, Law School, SSA, and Midway studios.


Updates occur quarterly on South Campus. Coverage ranges from the scheduling for project street closures, parking and opening of new sidewalks to progress (some have said lack of it) on minority and neighbor participation opportunities, to the new high school and UC education involvements.

The new South Dorm has changed the center of gravity. Some aspects got off to a rocky start but are smoothing out. Some complain that with lots of locked emergency exits on 61st, it seems to turn its back on Woodlawn. Plans for the Logan Center are to make sure that doesn't happen.

The University a few years ago was put under an ADA upgrade citation. This has to be done by the end of 2010. Therefore much capital funding continues on this.

Career Pathways with CARA is open including for jobs with construction and new buildings at UC. In 950 E. 61st St. This center has also helped many find jobs in the Medical Center and helped people who have lost jobs. Along with University Human Resources and UC Police, it's in the new garage and office structure at 61st and Drexel-- also shifting gravity and creating more opening to Woodlawn.

Gifts large and small put UC over its $2 billion capital goal in October 2007. A new fundraising drive is underway and giving was reported good for 2009.

Chicago Theological Seminary at 60th and Dorchester

It will have Silver LEEDs designation and the stained glass windows from the current buildings at 57th and University will be installed in the chapel of the new building--- acknowledged to be a challenge. The current windows in the old building, to be remodeled as the Friedman Economics Institute, will be replaced with leaded glass. A dedicated tree will also be moved. The project expects to exceed WME standards. 2011 or 2012 are goals for construction. The staging area displaced the 61st St. Community Garden. As of 1st week in May, the site is being prepared.


Logan Center for Creative and Performing arts ready for May 12 groundbreaking

As in the May 5 Herald: By Sam Cholke

The University of Chicago will break ground May 12 on the last project in a massive south campus expansion. The university will host as day of arts events to celebrate the groundbreaking for the $114 million Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

Artists at Midway Studios, 6016 S. Ingleside Ave, will open their workspaces to the public at 4:30 p.m. The artists will move out of their space int the historic Lorado Taft house and Midway Studios once teh new arts center is complete. The University has not yet determined how it will use the historic studios once vacant.

A reception and groundbreaking ceremony will follow at 5:30 p.m. at 60th Street and Ingleside Avenue across from Midway Studios.

The new arts center, scheduled to be completed by Spring 2012, is one of the last of 11 major south campus construction projects. The arts center is the largest of the new construction at 184,000 square feet, including an 11-story tower next to the Lorado Taft House. Crews will start on the tower first because of the care required of construction next to a historic landmark, according to Eric Eichler, project manager for teh arts center. Construction crews will monitor vibration levels both at the Taft house and in the adjoining neighborhood and will stop work if there is a danger of harming any structures, according to Eichler. The building will be constructed largely of cast concrete. "So much is concrete because of the acoustical separation needs," Eichler said.

The new center will be home to the university's now-scattered arts, theater and music programs.

Turner Construction has been selected as the general contractor for teh project. Turner was also the contractor for the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery and the Booth School of Business. Turner wil not complete any of the work itself, but will subcontract all construction jobs, according to Eichler. The university has mandated that Turner subcontract 25 percent of the work to minority-owned business and 5 percent to women-owned businesses.


Put on hold due to recession and endowment shrinkage: projects that were to start 2011 on. And about one mission:

This includes new physics structures, new or addition to the Harris School. Exceptions include additions to the Lab School (early learning/primary, renovations, new drop off), Milton Friedman Institute, campus drives and infrastructure including ADA upgrades, facade and roof inspection and repair, and some sustainability projects, Ellis bridge "Gateway".

Vice President Steve Wiesenthal stressed as a priority rationalizing and enhancing the greater campus, including gateways, pedestrianizing many pathways, and having ways for Ellis Avenue to fulfill its role as anchor spine.
University Architect Steve Wiesenthal laid out his vision in early 2009. He said the economic downturn has not reduced planning. He called for integrating the "inward-facing" quads to the larger surroundings: the Midway and South Ellis must become welcoming locales- like main streets, plazas and gateways. One idea is a free-standing cafe across Ellis from the Ad Building. Another is vacating traffic on the Main Quad and 58th east to Woodlawn. His main worry regarding the Olympics(since lost) is a possible hike in construction costs.


Update from President Zimmer to University Community July 17, 2008

To: University Community

From: Robert J. Zimmer

Date: July 17, 2008

Re: Update on Major Building Projects

At the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved next steps for four major building projects that have been under discussion for some time. I write to update you on these developments and the status of other facilities projects that have been recently approved by the Board. For a number of these projects, further approvals will be necessary as the projects proceed. Other major facilities projects are in various stages of planning or consideration, but this memo addresses only those that are significantly advanced in the Board approval process. These approvals are part of a larger, ambitious set of investments in our academic programs that provides multi-faceted increased support for our faculty and students in fulfilling our fundamental missions of research and education, as well as enabling better care for patients in our Medical Center.

Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts: The David Logan Arts Center will be a venue for artistic expression and multi-disciplinary inquiry, production, and performance for our faculty and students. To be located on 60th Street between Ingleside and Drexel Avenues, the new facility will house all or parts of four University programs: Visual Arts, Music, Theater and Performance Studies, and Cinema and Media Studies. It will feature a 450-seat performance space, as well as additional spaces for performance, exhibition, rehearsal, classrooms, and studios. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects are developing plans for the David Logan Arts Center, which is named in honor of David and Reva Logan and their family in recognition of their recent gift of $35 million to the University. Construction is expected to be completed in 2011.

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library: Groundbreaking for the new Mansueto Library will take place in the fall. The Helmut Jahn-designed library, to be constructed immediately to the west of Regenstein Library, will have the capacity to house 3.5 million volumes of print material in high-density space, and will provide a new preservation facility for rare materials and additional user space for faculty and students. The construction of the new building will allow the University to keep the Library’s entire collection on campus. Earlier this year, Joe and Rika Mansueto made a gift of $25 million to the University of Chicago. In recognition of their generosity, the University will name the new library for the Mansuetos. It will be completed by the end of 2010.

Harper Memorial Library: The historic reading rooms in Harper Library and Stuart Hall will be renovated and restored in order to create a new, 24-hour study space for our students. Improvements in technology, lighting, and furniture will be incorporated while the beauty and historic character of these spaces are restored and preserved. The Harper reading room will be designed for individual study and Stuart for group study. A small café will be added to join the two reading rooms. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2010.

Center for Physical and Computational Sciences: The architecture firm HOK has been selected to design the new Center for Physical and Computational Sciences on the west side of Ellis Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets. This project will involve a total renovation and expansion of the current Research Institutes building, as well as a new building on the site of the Accelerator Building. The project will entail razing not only the Accelerator Building, but also the High Energy Physics Building, the Astronomy and Astrophysics Center, and the Low Temperature Laboratory, all facilities that have outlived their useful life. The two buildings will be designed to have a seamless interface and will together provide space for the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Computer Science, as well as for the Kavli Institute, Computation Institute, Enrico Fermi Institute, and a portion of the James Franck Institute. The Research Institutes building will be renamed the William Eckhardt Research Institutes building in recognition of a $20 million gift by Mr. Eckhardt to the University to benefit the Physical Sciences Division. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2013.

Harris School Facility: The Harris School will occupy a new home on the Midway in order to provide improved classroom, office, and student space and to accommodate its expanding activities in public policy studies. The final site selection is expected by August 2008, and an architect selection committee has been appointed. A majority of the cost of the facility will be supported through fundraising. To date, about $14 million has been committed, anchored by a $5 million gift from the Harris Family Foundation.

Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery: Construction is entering its final phase for the Knapp Center, a 330,000-square-foot, 10-story building that will provide a new home for translational research programs in medicine, pediatrics, cancer, genomics, systems biology, and related fields. In addition to the research spaces, it will feature conference and lecture halls as well as public and common spaces. This project was designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership of Los Angeles and is named in honor of Jules and Gwen Knapp, who made a $25 million gift to the University. Located on the east side of Drexel Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets, the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery will be completed by March 2009.

New Hospital Pavilion: Architect Rafael Viñoly (who designed the GSB’s Harper Center) has designed the 1.2 million-square-foot New Hospital Pavilion, which on its completion in 2012 will become the core of the Medical Center campus. The building will be constructed on the south side of 57th Street, stretching from Cottage Grove to Drexel. Connecting on its south to both the Comer Children’s Hospital and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, the new hospital will provide an optimal facility for patient care and collaborative clinical research. The Pavilion will house the Medical Center’s clinical programs that involve complex specialty care, with a focus on cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience, advanced surgery, and high-technology medical imaging. This will be the largest building project ever undertaken by the University, and will be financed entirely by clinical revenues and philanthropy in the Medical Center.

Laboratory Schools: The Lab Schools will undertake a major expansion and remodeling program intended to improve education for all students from nursery school through 12th grade. We will now begin architect selection for the project, which will expand classroom and library space and provide new and reorganized facilities for student and faculty resource services and for art, music, and theater. In addition, a new building will be developed for early childhood education. The expansion and renovation will allow for controlled growth in enrollment, increasing the Lab Schools’ capacity to serve children of faculty and staff as well as community members. The project will include a new facility to be named in recognition of a $10 million gift from the Earl Shapiro family. To date, donors have committed more than $23 million in support of the Lab Schools, anchored by the Shapiro gift.

New Residence Hall and Dining Facility: The new residence hall, located at 61st Street and Ellis Avenue just south of Burton-Judson and designed by Goody Clancy, will be open for College student residents in Fall 2009. It will include 811 residence hall beds as well as a new, 542-seat dining facility and food court which will also serve Burton-Judson students, and a convenience store. The residence hall portion will encompass a variety of room configurations for undergraduate students ranging from single rooms to suites. It will replace the student residences currently at the Shoreland and will further expand our capacity to house undergraduate students.


These were put on hold in 2011 pending funding and further improvement of the University's financial situation:
Two new projects won Board of Trustee approval in fall 2007: A new science quadrangle anchored by a replacement physics research building at the site of the accelerator building at 56th and Ellis and to extend westward, and to include renovation of the Research Institutes.
The other is a replacement for the Harris School of Public Policy (the present reported to be too small and in impractical condition), to be located east of the Law School. (This is besides Trustees final approval to the Library addition--well underway at the end of 2009)
In Spring 2008 the Board of Trustees approved:

Library addition go ahead

Funding for Milton Friedman Institute in the present Chicago Theological Seminary (UC to build CTS a new building at 6100 block and Dorchester)

New Hospital Pavilion (700 million) south side of 57th between Cottage Grove and Drexel (Raphael Vinoly)

Lab School addition and renovation

There appeared to be uncertainty or disagreement over the future of the Nursery School/ Early Learning Center. The current nursery schools on the west side of Woodlawn Avenue are considered by some to be part of a historic streetscape. Bill Harms, a spokesman for the University, told the Herald June 18 2008 said the houses will continue even if a centralized early learning center is built. "They work so well. Kids can go in a house and play and go in the backyard and play," he told the Herald. However, Lab Schools director David Magill told the same reporter that "They're old buildings that were never intended for use by children," and he prefers an aggregation. Magill also said the move of classrooms into Judd Hall showed the need for a master plan. The proposed improvements are greatly liked, but still missing are critical spaces for children to come together. 300 additional students need to be accommodated; work should start late 2009.

Lab School architects were selected November 2008. Award-winning top local firms chosen: Valerio Dewalt Train and (which specializes in sustainabale design as well as interiors and distinguished design) and FGM Architects which specializes in schools. The firms are charged with maintaining and enhancing the architecure, educational climate, enviromental sustainability, and making a facility that is usable the University and larger community.

Rumors, some said certainty, flowed at the end of 2009 that demolition of Lillie and Wilder houses on Woodlawn would commence for a new school drop off and more, and that the Doctors Hospital site was selected for the Early Learning through grade 2 center, with a public process to start in winter 2010.


Meanwhile, Fermilab celebrates restoration of federal funds. Film on its histsory, struggles to be on WTTW Nov. 25 10 pm.

New Center for Physical and Computational Sciences. Seems to be on hold due to University financial circumstances.

HOK Architects has been engaged. This will involve both gut reconstruction of Research Institutes and a new eight-story intentionally visible tower at 56th west from Ellis across from the Library bubble an replacing Accelerator, High Energy Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Low Temperature.
Supporting interdisciplinary interaction is a key goal. So is creating a transition quad between the high-density Hospital/Bio med research complex south and west and the older complex plus Regenstein and Palevsky.

And a new standard in environmental sustainability is another key goal. 30% goes to minority- and women-owed firms.
Together this and the other building projects show how the evolving University relates and affects the community and community goals.

In July 2008 the University announced a gift of $20 million by alum William Eckhardt to found a William Eckhardt Research Institute in the larger center. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall, 2010. The UC Chronicle of July 17, 2008 (by Steve Koppes) said:

A major program to build new fields of scientific expertise and expand existing efforts at the University has inspired a $20 million donation to benefit the Physical Sciences Division from Chicago futures trader and alumnus William Eckhardt (S.M., '70). The University's Board of Trustees has endorsed plans to make significant investments in scientific programs that will span the biological, physical and social sciences.

These plans include construction of the Center for Physical and Computational Sciences, an initiative in applied mathematics and computation, and greatly expanded programs in genomics and personalized medicine, and in the neurosciences. The University also is considering a faculty proposal to establish a new molecular engineering institute.

"As one of our own alumni, Bill Eckhardt possesses a deep appreciation for the University's long-standing, multi-disciplinary approach that fosters work across the boundaries of science," said President Zimmer. "His gift will have a galvanizing impact on the ability of our scientists to carry out their most innovative work."

University Trustee Thomas Pritzker said: "We are in a time of revolutionary change in science and technology that is fundamentally altering how we understand our world. The University of Chicago will invest heavily to provide agenda-setting leadership in fields that are on the cusp of discovery."

Many of the University's science initiatives are focused on a paradigm shift that characterizes some of the most exciting areas of science today--a systems approach that allows understanding based upon not only the knowledge of the behavior of individual components, but in addition, how these components interact and fit into a larger structure. The Research Institutes building will become a major venue for the University's future research in systems-level science. The University will renovate the Research Institutes building and name it the William Eckhardt Research Institutes building in Eckhardt's honor. The Eckhardt Research Institutes building will be a major component of the new Center for Physical and Computational Sciences, with construction scheduled to begin in fall 2010.

The Center will consist of a seamless structure on the west side of Ellis Avenue between 56th and 57th streets. The University has selected HOK as the architect. The Center will house the Computation Institute, the Enrico Fermi Institute, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics an part of the James Franck Institute, along with the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and the Department of Computer Science.

"The tremendous generosity of Bill Eckhardt wil make a major impact on the great science done at the university," said Robert Fefferman, Dean of the Physical Sciences Division. "We can expect some of the most fundamental discoveries of the future to take place in the Eckhardt Research Institutes building, just as they have taken place in the Research Institutes since the days of Enrico Fermi. The list of individuals who have occupied this building reads like a 'who's who' o 20lth-century science and, we anticipate, will be the home of the next century..

[Eckhardt said] "My contribution to the University of Chicago is an investment in science, in the future, in the understanding of our world."

Renovation of famed Harper, Stuart reading rooms as a connecting student study center-- by late 2009, concepts and whether were put on hold.

Background: The following first report is from the Chicago Maroon September 15, 2007 issue, "University sells bond to finance construction," by Andrew Alexander.

The U. of C. sold nearly $250 million in bonds this June [2007] in an effort to finance new construction projects on campus that should bring nearly 2.3 million square feet of new building space to the University by 2020. According to the U of C's Master Plan, the bonds are expected to finance a number of structural upgrades, in addition to the construction of new buildings that could reshape the landscape of the University and Hyde Park.

"It's kind of hard to get donations to build a steam plant," said University comptroller John Knoll, referring to the two utility plants currently being constructed. Furthermore, big ticket naming donations are rarely sufficient to cover the entire cost of building projects.

The sale came on the heels of a report by Moody's Investor Services rating the bonds as grade Aa1, the second-highest rating available. The 35-year bonds will bring the University's total debt load to $1.35 billion, covered by $3.8 billion, or about 2.8 times as much, in expendable resources. Peer institutions typically have about four times the amount of expendable resources as debt, according to the Moody's report, although typically only universities with substantially larger endowments than the U of C, such as Harvard University, are given the highest AAA rating.

Construction on the long-planned expansion to the Regenstein Library is scheduled to begin next spring, with the Board of Trustees approving the final design this December. The expansion, in which 3.1 million books will be retrieved on demand by an automated, robotic crane, will make Regenstein the largest library under one roof in North America.

According to Facilities Services, the addition, designed by Helmut John, will be a 30-foot high, 165 by 310 foot elliptical glass dome directly west of the current library . Book storage will be underground, with a reading room on the ground floor, and the addition will also house space for book preservation and conservation. The 52,800-squasre foot addition is expected to open in the summer of 2010.

Four blocks south, construction crews are working to finish the concrete skeleton of th new dorm at East 61st Street and South Ellis Avenue and enclose it before winter. The dorm, which was reduced in height from 14 to nine stories because of budget cuts, features two courtyards--similar to neighboring Burton-Judson--and nine houses. When the 811-bed building opens its doors in the fall of 2009, it will share a 530-seat dining hall with B-J and will feature a convenience store on Ellis Avenue.

B-J, meanwhile, has been undergoing a replacement of its roof during the summer. Work began last summer to replace the almost 80-year-old clay tile roof and parts of the facade, and will continue while students are out of residence during the summers until 2011.

Across from B-J and the Law School, work has begun on a winter garden on the south strip of the Midway to supplement the winter garden directly south of Harper Library. Sidewalks and planting beds are expected to be installed this fall, with completion of the garden by next summer. The project is being financed jointly by the U of C and the Chicago Park District.

Rehabilitation of the Law School tower is also expected to be completed to open this fall, after a major overhaul of the building's infrastructure that began last summer. The reflecting pool in front of the tower, designed by Eero Saarinen, is being replaced by a zeno-depth pool that will double as a plaza during the many months of the year that the water is drained. That work, which includes building permanent wheelchair access ramps to the plaza, is also expected to be completed this fall.

An 11-story parking structure at 3ast 61st street and South Drexel avenue is expected to open in November. It wil hold the cars of 1,000 U o C Hospitals employees. A four-story office building that surrounds the parking will open next summer and will house the UCPD, among other tenants. A second mixed-use building, to house retail, offices, and parking at East 61st Street and South Woodlawn Avenue, is also being designed.

Renovation also began this summer on the former Illinois Bell building at 6045 South Kenwood Avenue. The 90,000-square-foot building wil house University offices and the Toyota Technical Institute when it opens next fall.

The South Campus Utility Corridor, a system of buried utility pipes and data cables alongside 61st street, is nearly completed, and afterwards wil be re-landscaped with 81 new trees and 230 shrubs. One of the main functions of the new utility corridor will be to transport chilled water from the new South Campus Chiller Plant at East 62st Street and Dorchester Avenue. concrete is currently being laid for the foundation of the building, which will house five 2,100-ton water chillers. It is expected to open next summer.

Concrete is also being poured for the West Campus Utility Plant at East 56th Street and South Maryland Avenue. That building, which is expected to open in November 2008, will house five 2,500-ton water chillers and two 250,00 pound/hour steam boilers, providing water and steam tot e west campus through 1200 feel of buried piping and 700 feet of walkable tunnel currently being built beneath East 56th Street. Both the utility corridor and plant were designed by Helmut Jahn and his firm Murphy/Jahn.

Directly west of the Biological Sciences Learning Center, the 12-story center for Biomedical Discovery wil overshadow its neighbor when completed in March 2009. The building wil provided 330,000 square feet of space for clinical labs and will be connected by a skywalk to the Center for Integrative Science.

Renovation is also underway on the Searle Chemistry Laboratory, which is in the process of being completely gutted and rebuilt to provide upgraded lab and office space for synthetic chemistry. The renovation will be the first at the U of C compliant with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a standard for environmentally friendly buildings.

Other construction project being considered include a dormitory for Graduate School of Business at East 60th Street and South Woodlawn Avenue, a combined hotel and conference center on the site of th former Doctor's Hospital of Hyde Park, and a second mixed-use building to house retail offices and parking at East 61st Street and South Woodlawn Avenue.


More on the Library project:

University announces $42 million (or more) Regenstein Library expansion, program well underway. (and extensive work inside special collections was done over 2009 winter break and more continues there)

Despite -or complementing- its deep involvement in computer science/intelligent machines studies and technical application, digital archiving, mammoth website server, and computer training for school children, the University is as committed to written resources as ever, in contrast to some other institutions almost stopping book purchases and putting all their eggs into "digital resources". Having deferred in 1999 a major initiative involving expansion until it completed a huge compact-storage and phase I of Regenstein Library renovation, the University has now rolled out a comprehensive plan for library resources costing $42 million and including a new west wing for the Library. Room will be provided for an additional 3.5 million volumes for a total of over 11 million, giving the University's Hyde Park campus one of the country's biggest collection of materials under one roof.

The west wing will cost nearly $36 m of the $43. While the wing is being prepared, reorganization of the whole library and its programs will be decided and planned. Regenstein will be increased by 40,000 square feet. A key component is new and better book preservation and tracking facilities and technologies including automatic shelving. There will also be more reading and consulting space. Much to most--and almost all of the monograph collection will remain open to browsing. Selected architect is modernist/postmodernist Helmut Jahn.

The original structure, designed by Walter Netsch, started in 1965 after a gift by Helen Regenstein in honor of her husband Joseph, and opened in 1970, was designed with an addition in mind. Yet, keeping full open browsing would have required a $70 million plus building according to Provost Richard Sallers as quoted in the University of Chicago Chronicle. The compromise is made possible by high-density automated shelving and rapid- retrieval. This needs only 1/7th the space. And by moving most journals to the addition, the monograph sections can be left close to as-is.

A stellar faculty committee is considering best ways to use the expanded space and maximize library usefulness and impact, from the perspective of how we think about knowledge in the early 21st century. Surveys have already been sent out. These (answered in full by a huge 5,700 students) reveal that the University community is as much into physical books as ever (except for journals), the need to virtually double volume capacity is justified, and those who use the internet heavily for research are the same people who use books heavily.

The Library holds a conference November 17, "Space and Knowledge" with international experts. Five architectural firms are competing for design rights.

Facts: current space 600,00 sf on 12 acres, new 38,000 sf.
Current volumes 4.5 million- the addition will make space for 3.5 million more in high density shelving yet close and accessible.
Architect selection is down to 5
Construction start August 2007; opening estimated July 2009.
Will be the largest academic library (in terms of ____).



Rockefeller Memorial Chapel- completed, organ and carillon acclaimed

This second article describes the renovation of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, which followed upon creation of an Interfaith Center in the undercroft.

opened: a state-of-the-art true interfaith center for campus religious groups in 2006. In July, the 1928 organ went to Shantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio (yes, where they make Smuckers) for refurbishment. A gift in honor of President Randel will refurbish the organ and carillon. The organ, which will now be the largest in Chicago at 8,600 pipes ranging from 2 inches to 32 feet, will be a balanced romantic organ reflecting but improving upon the original (especially in brightness) and presenting the sound of a full orchestra. Many previous changes have to be undone, including a 1970s attempt to replace English Romantic with Baroque-style pipes. It will have to be tested out and voiced pipe by pipe, range by range, so it won't be ready until the end of 2007. Total cost is $2.2 million ($1.6 million as a birthday tribute to Don Randel). In 2001, it was the 12th largest in the country.

Other Rockefeller upgrades include restoration of the large, stained-glass windows--which will start in November 2007 and take three years. Electrical and plumbing work is also slated. We have not heard work on the very needy Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon. Plaster models for the Chapel's sculptures are being conserved and are on display in the interfaith center on a rotating basis.

September5, 2007 update on Rockefeller restoration: Hyde Park Herald by Georgia Geis

The church that was the dream of University of Chicago's Baptist founder John Rockefeller is entering the most important phase of a complete facelift--from its roof to its basement. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., is undergoing an estimated $25 million restoration, which will take more than 3 years to complete.

The painstaking restoration also includes the chapel's premier musical instruments, the E. M. Skinner Organ and the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon. From the bells' removal and repair to the massive scaffolding wrapped around the exterior, the building is in the midst of the most dramatic aspects of its repair.

"We want to be good stewards of this building," said Lorraine Brochu, assistant to the dean for external affairs at Rockefeller. Brochu said work was being done in virtually every nook of the chapel. Contractors trained in historic restoration began work last month on the roof and masonry structure. Brochu said this work, which necessitates the use of scaffolding, is being done in conjunction with the restoration of the church's enormous stain glass windows, as well as complete restoration and repair of the organ and carillon.

"Considering the scale of the building, co0ordinating the scaffolding is a giant logistical thing," said artisan and chapel contractor Kevin Grabowsk. Grabowsk, who works for the 117-year-old Conrad Schmitt studio, located in New Berlin, Wisconsin, is overseeing the removal, restoration and return of all the chapel's windows. Grabowsk said the window project will take four to six artists working exclusively for three years on the project. Before any of the ornate windows are removed, photographic documentation records every crack and change in coloration. "Documentation is insane for this project. Every detail is recorded," said Grabowsk.

Conrad Schmitt Studio, which has done restoration work for Notre Dame and Union Square, first did work for the Rockefeller Chapel restoring an early scale plaster model of the church. The model shows great detail and includes rooms that never ended up being built.

Brochu said Don Randel, the former president of the University of Chicago, was instrumental in the restoration of the Chapel. During his tenure at the university, Randel planned for work to begin. "[M]any of the buildings of that age on campus need work," said Randel from his office in New York City where he now heads the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. "The need was clear when I got to Chicago."

Randel said as a musician he had a great appreciation for the organ. This appreciation translated into more than $2.5 million being donated to the chapel. To mark his 65th birthday in 2005, trustees, deans and officers of the university gave generously to the restoration effort. "I was deeply moved to find out [that] without my knowledge.. people were giving gifts for my 65th birthday toward restoration of the organ," said Randel. "It's a great thing the organ and carillon will be put back to their wonderful splendor."

By 2001, the organ was unusable due to uneven maintenance efforts, including removal of some of the original pipes during the 1970s. A temporary electric organ was brought in for services. The organ has been completely restored by the Ohio-based Shantz Organ company. The organ will be returned to the building after restoration of the organ's location in the chapel is complete. "The organ had fallen in[to] terrible disrepair. Its restoration is a great asset to the Chicago community and the organ community nationally," Randel said.

The money raised for Randel's birthday is also helping fund the restoration of the second largest carillon in the world. The carillon consists of 72 bells made of copper and bronze and weighing more than 100 tons. The bells will be removed Sept. 25 and taken to Koninklijk (Royal) Eijsbouts Bell foundry in the Netherlands. Josep van Brussel of the bell foundry said it will take a year to refurbish the bells. The mechanical action, as well as many steel parts of the bell frame that are severely corroded, need to be replaced," said van Brussel. Van Brussel said the Rockefeller carillon is the largest in the world that still has all its original bells. "The company that cast the bells for this instrument, Gillet & Johnston, doesn't exist anymore, but we have access to data like the original tuning figures, which enables us to renovate the instrument the best possible way, van Brussel said.

Another aspect of the massive repair project is a complete renovation of the lights. Brochu said with a laugh that now churchgoers should be able to see their programs. "We have to consider the needs of the modern community while keeping the historical integrity of the building," said Brochu.

The great effort taken to restore the landmark to its grandeur will ensure its longevity, according to Grabowsk. "The Rockefeller Chapel is in good condition, considering its age. The project will make the building very tight so it can be around another 75 years," said Grabowsk.


University of Chicago Law School honored for update restoration that brings out the "great building waiting to get out."

Landmarks Illinois honored the restoration at its October 17, 2008 dinner. Other awards have been garnered as well. More details in UC and Community page.

From the University of Chicago Chronicle, October 23, 2008. By Sarah Galer

The retention of he D'Angelo Law Library's historic design and the enhancement of student-friendly spaces have garnered the Law School's library renovation project the 2008 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation from Landmarks Illinois. The award was converted Friday, Oct. 17 for the work completed by the Chicago architectural firm of OWP/P. Douglas Baird, the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of the Law School, praised the architects and the school's leadership for having successfully revealed a hidden masterpiece: "It was a great building struggling to get out."

The Laird Bell Law Quadrangle, completed in 1959, was the modern-Gothic vision of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, who was responsible for such designs as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, by the mid-1990s, time had started to erode the physical structure, while rapidly changing educational needs created new challenges. Other elements of Saarinen's original design were never fully realized.

Law School administrators have worked closely with OWP/P for more than a decade to thoroughly address these issues, while expanding and enhancing the award-winning library as well as the school's law clinic space, auditorium and classrooms. Under the leadership of Saul Levmore, Dean of the Law School, the recent D'Angelo Law Library renovations were focused on emphasizing the student experience in the Law School. The result has been an enviable modern facility, with library, classroom and study spaces embedded in a historic space.

The Law School recaptured much of the library tower by reducing the number of onsite books by 40 percent, thanks to the digitalization of many legal resources. Only the more frequently used books remain on the open shelves, though they number in the hundreds of thousands. Historically significant collections are in compact storage in the library basement while less-used books eventually will be housed in the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, slated to open in 2010.

According to Judith wright, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, "The D'Angelo will be one of the very few academic libraries nationally that will be able to retain its historical print books as space needs force most academic law libraries to discard their print collections." The huge task of removing theses 270,000 books made it possible to open up -- and warm up -- the previously cramped tower. "The library is no longer austere adn dark with gray linoleum floors, concrete ceilings, fluorescent lights and black book stacks," said Wright. "The renovated student study space includes the refinished original tables, new study carrels, great new chairs, improved lighting, wooden end panels on the book stacks, and upgraded electricity and campus network access. Soft seating is scattered throughout the library, which is now more comfortable and inviting," she said.

The Wilson Reading Room and a media room, where students can relax or study in front of a television, provide more social space for students. One of the changes Levmore is most proud of is that student services -- the Dean of Students, the Registrar, Admissions an careers Services -- have been centralized on the third floor of the tower. "Student Services had been dispersed, sometimes in unattractive spaces, throughout the Law School," said Levmore. "There are real benefits to bringing these offices together, but more than that is the symbolic and architectural message of having these offices in central and attractive locations. It send the message that serving students is an important part of what we do, and form is function, in the sense that well-located facilities are more frequently used."

The Three student journals now shasr5e a spacious modern area in the basement of the library tower, where the offices of Career Services and faculty workshops has previously shared -- or competed -- for space. ... The abandoned spaces in the Library also have allowed for the creation of more attractive student spaces. ...

The successful renovation of the D'Angelo Law Library celebrates Saarinen's modern interpretation of the more traditional Gothic architecture that sits north of the Midway Plaisance, focusing on the same rhythmic patterns, vertical lines and the use of glass. An evening walk by the Law School provides a breathtaking modern play on the Gothic obsession with light, with the illuminated accordian windows of the library tower reflecting onto Saarinen's reflecting pool.

Baird notes that the building is symbolic of what it means to study at the Law School. "It has style and serious purpose," said Baird, who considers Chicago's complex to be the most architecturally significant of any law school campus in the United Sates. "It reinforces what we are about."


Planned Creative and Performing Arts Center

Reva and David Logan family gift of $35 million sets the Logan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts development in motion. The architect selected in late May is the husband and wife team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien of New York, known for art centers and work on university campuses. It looks like the structure will be built in one phase, with hopes it will not have to be scaled back. It have a horizontal component visually open to the Midway, a raised courtyard and a 160-foot green stone clad tower including a protruding glass-faced cafe with retractable roof, yoga and napping room. The building is to expose the messiness of art to the outside while avoiding separated- off floors, so that the different departments can mingle and so can UC and Woodlawn. The team introduced and discussed the plans at a gala program at the Law School in November ? 2009.

Logan Arts Center unveiled June 10 2009 and other updates given; claims of damage to nearby properties

Background information on the Logan is in the Arts News page.

Herald, June 17, 2009. By Kate Hawley

The University of Chicago is planning to break ground next April on a $114-million arts center -- a key element in its wide-ranging construction plan for the south campus. Schematic drawings for the Reva and David Logan Center for Creative & Performing arts, presented at a public meeting Monday, June 8, showed a geometric tower that sits alongside a sprawling rectangular building with a distinctive sawtooth roofline.

University architect Steve Wiesenthal, who is overseeing the south campus improvements, described the new arts center as a "mixing bowl for the arts." It wil house a gallery, two theaters, a 450-seat auditorium, art studios, digital labs, classrooms, a cafe and a glass-walled performance venue at the top of the tower. An outdoor courtyard will give students space to congregate or even hold outdoor performances.

the design by architects Tod Williams and Bilie Tsien -- which is still in progress -- aims to connect the university with teh surrounding community, Wiesenthal told a crowd of about 60 people that attended the meeting at the university's School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St. The box office and an information center face south, intended as a gesture of inclusivity towards Woodlawn and the neighborhoods south of teh campus. And its eight-story tower is meant to link the south campus with the north campus by mirroring other tall university buildings such as Rockefeller Chapel.

Theaster Gates, coordinator of arts programming for the university's Office of the Provost, said community groups would be able to rent space in the new arts center and possibly partner with students and faculty creating art within its walls.

Besides the new construction, the arts center project also includes a full restoration of a historic house and the adjoining Midway studios, a city landmark where the renowned sculptor Laredo Taft worked in the early 20th century.

A 1972 addition to the Midway Studios by the prolific mid-century architect Edward Dart -- a building preservationist advocates have recently made a pitch to save -- will be demolished, Wiesenthal said. The Dart building, like a large portion of the proposed arts center, has a sawtooth roof with skylights - a design chosen in both cases for its suitability in art studios, Wiesenthal said.

Several who attended the meeting praised the arts center's innovative design and said they looked forward to a renewed emphasis on creative and performing arts at the university.

[Groundbreaking is expected spring 2010.]

Pall cast over art center meeting [by alleged damage to Woodlawn buildings by Pkg garage/New Dorm construction]

Besides the arts center, the massive south campus construction plan includes a dorm, a parking and office facility a water-chilling plant, a [utility] corridor and the renovation of a historic office building. Several neighbors claimed that their homes have been damaged as the work has proceeded.

Andrzej Gasienica, who lives at 1157 E. 61st St., said that truck traffic, digging and jackhammering on 61st Street have damaged his building to the tune of $150,000. Selles Morris, who lives next door at 1165 E. 61st St., said his condo building has also experienced facade damage and a cracked exterior wall that cost about $22,000 to fix. "If we don't get the service we want, we will do whatever we have to to block the development of [the arts center]," Morris said. University officials and Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) who also attended the meeting, promised to follow up on the residents' concerns.

[Note: the University has taken off the table for now a proposed office, retail and parking facility for 61st and Kimbark.]


Creative and Performing Arts Center (CCPA) concept development continues with establishment of design competition

Herald, October 11, 2006. By Daniel J. Yovich

The University of Chicago is planning to build a $100 million arts complex and has impaneled a handful of the world's most renowned architects to compete for the contract to design the facility. The 180,000-square-foot complex is slated to be built near the intersection of 61st Street and Ingleside Avenue, and will include three black-box theaters, music practice rooms, a recording studio and a 350-seat performance hall. [ed- more below.] Danielle Allen, dean of the university's division of the humanities, said the complex will incorporate but leave untouched the university's Midway Studios. The studios are housed in the former mansion landmarked by the city in 1993. The studios are the former home and workspace of Lorado Taft, one of the early 20th Century's most famous artists.

"This project will create a new synergy for the arts at the university," Allen said, noting that the university's many art courses, studios, and performance and rehearsal spaces are currently sited in several different buildings throughout the campus.

The university has raised about $1 million for the project, said Tom Wick, the senior director of development. And the university's target of $14 million must be met before an architect will be hired. Those vying to design the complex are Daniel Libeskind, the planner for reconstruction of New York City's World Trade Center, New York architects Ted Williams and Billie Tsien, and three former Pritzker Architecture Prize winners: Hans Hollien of Austria, Fumihiko Maki of Japan and Thom Mayne of Santa Monica, Calif.

The architects will submit their proposals for the project by the end of November, Wick said. A panel of faculty and students will jury them in early 2007 before a winner is selected.

Fund-raising for the project will continue through 2006. Though Wick declined to say how much of the estimated $100,000 must be raised before ground is broken, the university has previously sought 80 percent of the required funding for major construction projects before it begins building.

ed. Additional facilities according to the October 10 2006 U of C Maroon, include a climate-controlled film storage vault, as well as renovation/reuse of non-protected parts of Midway Studios. Previously announced are art fabrication studios and manufactories.

And the layout is planned to create new collaborations and cross-influences. Bill Michael, vp for student life, is cited in the Maroon as drawing parallels to the Gordon Center for Integrative Science: "Having the music practice rooms and things intertwined in these spaces provides a real opportunity for people to interact with each other. This building is going to be... a space where our students can come together, whether they're making films or doing a cappella or if they just want to experience the art." Allen added, "If you look at what's happening in the world of contemporary art right now, you'll see a remarkable fusion of media land genre, and that's happening on our campus too. We have people who blend different kinds of art-visual with digital, art with science." Michael also thought the CCPA will "energize the south side of campus" and engage communities while not replacing existing art and music facilities.

Re: architects, they were chosen from a pool of 60, similarly to the GSB competition. Allen was quoted in the Maroon, "We want this building to symbolize the creativity at the highest level, so we thought the activities of the building would themselves well represented by top-flight architects. We thought the best way of engaging them in the most energetic forms of creativity would be a competition." This is also expected to jump-start the fundraising general and specific campaign--donors care who the architect is. Currently, many potential donors are being contacted or given attention.

CCCP grew out of a provost report on arts facilities in 2001.

More: see in Arts News page.

Where we stand and the next phase in March 2007. $35 million gift to Creative and Performing arts center. Jazz Archive moving to Special Collections. FOTA mostly indoors 2007.

From the Chicago Weekly News, by Juan Velez.

You might've heard of some of the changes, and if you're enough of a doctorate student you might have seen them. All the glossier and certainly the most utility-oriented spaces on the University of Chicago campus are from the last six years: Max Palevsky Commons, Ratner Gymnasium, the Graduate School of Business (GSB), the Gordon Center for the Integrated Science, the guts of the Reynolds Club. So now we have a crayon box in which to stick all the normal-ish kids (Max Palevsky Commons), a gym that isn't a Soviet silo, and a frigid birdcage of steel and glass where business students can evolve in their natural habitat. What more amenities does this modern institution need? Readers of this humble publication ought to know: a spot where artists can congregate, create, disseminate, and replicate.

The administration often refers to a nebulous "vibrant legacy" of arts at Chicago. What ground hath this platitude? If claims on human capital stand for anything, Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Glass, and David Auburn al went here, and must've been to some degree shaped inside these walls. Doc Films has been around since the birth of silent film, and has hosted everyone form Hitchcock to Stan Brahkage to Fritz Lang; we birthed improv/sketch comedy and The Second City troupe; University Theatre has staged hundreds of productions; Fire Escape Films has matured to the point of producing feature-length films; the Renaissance Society exhibited Picasso and Kandinsky back in the time of the avant-gardes and is still a vital force in contemporary art; and WHPK has been singularly crucial to the development of Chicago hip-hop. So the trace is conspicuously there, and the administration has finally gotten around to giving the arts the formal glorification and aggressive support they deserve.

The University's informal arts initiative has its roots in the "Future of the Arts Report," a status assessment developed by an appointed committee in 2001 that called for the increased support of the various arts institutions on campus. This foundational idea has congealed into a number of distinct, agglomerated efforts in the last three years, starting with the formation of the Art Planning Council, which gives circa $50,000 in grants every year to student and professional arts groups, as well as to individuals. It has a particular emphasis on collaborative projects, which reflects a wider push towards collaboration in the initiative. The initiative draws from the university's long-standing interdisciplinary culture and aims to do something rather novel: the creation and proliferation of spaces where theory and (artistic ) practice can substantially merge, where different media can mix, and where faculty, students, professional artists, and the public can interact.

The main mechanism of this integrative approach is the furthering of collaborations between all the arts entities on campus--between professional arts organizations (such as Court Theatre), graduate and undergraduate academic programs and departments, the research enterprise of the Humanities division, and the student arts groups. The Arts Clarity group was created last year for this explicit purpose, to aggressively sustain and expand these collaborations, and to make the case for a projected expansion of both Court Theatre and the Smart Museum. Another related effort, coordinated by Mary Harvey, the chair of t he Arts Planning Council, brings together the heads of arts organizations in Hyde Park and on the South Side, with the objective of creating a compelling identity for the South Side arts scene, to increase its visibility, and to make it a necessary destination for North Siders and outsiders alike. While these associated efforts of the arts initiative are not entirely centrally organized, they can be understood as a single movement towards the enhancement of the arts at the U of C and on the south Side. Minds and means are being mobilized, and the future is pregnant with promise.

You've likely heard about the most exciting, integral, and emblematic project of the initiative: the (insert biggest donor name here) Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. This ambitious, landmark building will anchor the new South Campus and will be built around Midway Studios, the charmingly dilapidated home of the visual arts you've never been to, which is situated at 60th and Drexel. The CCPA will increase the University's capacity to deliver "high quality arts instruction and support high level para-curricular arts activity," and will allow for increased recruitment of talented, arts-oriented students, and of the highest possible caliber arts faculty. This move could very well change the composition of the study body at the U of C, and possibly expand it, though it is doubtful that the University would create a full-fledged art school. Instead, the building might help widen the applicant pool and lower the admissions rate, which would certainly be a cause for polemic as well as interesting growth, and would be in tune with the administration's overall project.

The design requirements call for shared functional spaces that flow together, reflecting the fluid relationships between the arts programs, and actively encouraging collaboration between the visual arts, film, music, and theater. Midway Studios, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is to be renovated, and will likely be incorporated in some of the potential designs. The building design has to be sustainable, expandable, and present an appealing facade for the South.

Confirmed facilities:

Three new black box theaters (like the first Floor Theatre in Reynolds Club), performance classrooms, rehearsal rooms, shops and theater offices.

Increase the number of music practice rooms form nine to twenty and provide a new recording studio and additional ensemble rehearsal space.

A new 150-seat film screening facility and a film vault (something like the film studies center in Cobb).

A 350-seat multipurpose theater that will provide a much needed new performance space and allow for better use to be made of Mandel Hall.

State of the art visual arts teaching spaces, forty student studios and gallery areas for students to display their work.

Digital media lab and smart classrooms.

Cafe (which guarantees decades of employment for future generations of hipsters) and lounge areas where the arts will intersect.

Office space for faculty-in-residence working on arts-related projects.

The building will enable faculty to create new art, as well as new courses that mix media. It'll allow for the expansion of the University's artist-in-residence program, by giving a wider range of artist more opportunities to spend a longer period of time on campus, thereby allowing them to work meaningfully with students, faculty, and professional arts organizations and to perform or exhibit for the benefit of the campus, the South Side, and the city.

There are still plenty of bureaucratic mazes and fiscal hurdles to overcome. Last year, five architectural firms were invited to compete for the design of the CCPA. They presented to a jury on November 20, whose charge was to recommend an architect to the Campus Planning and Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees, at their March 1, 2007 meeting. The jury's recommendation will remain confidential until the Board authorizes an announcement, which won't happen until the committee has had a chance to talk to the recommended firm about next steps, and circles back to the board - hopefully sometime in the Spring. The scale models of the winning design are bound to be displayed publicly at that time. Money, as always, is the other buzzkill. The CCPA will carry a heavy price tag of $100 million, and the University will tactically withhold a public fundraising campaign until the competition winner is announced. They are currently engaged in a "quiet" outreach to secure leading donations, the kind that get projects off the ground. Heartbreakingly, undergraduates probably won't be around for the opening ceremony..but their children undoubtedly will, and their future alumni donations will be spent on its upkeep.


More on the Arts Clarity Group--which led inter alia to Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture

February 20, 2007 Maroon, by Justin Sink

The arts programs at the U of C are in the midst of a widespread and extensive restructuring process that is intended to transform disciplines traditionally underemphasized at the University. In recent talks, President Robert Zimmer has stressed the need for greater collaboration with city and neighborhood organizations and museums, the creation of a Center for Performing Arts, and the integration of artistic resource such as Court theatre and the Smart Museum into undergraduate studies.

"It's a really important part of our broader strategy to improve the University," Assistant Vice President for Student Life Bill Michael said. "We're working toward some programs that are really going to increase and improve the opportunities on campus for the study and appreciation of the arts."

The Arts Clarity Group (ACG), a board consisting of the directors of campus professional arts organizations, chairs of arts-related academic units, and the deans and deputy deans of the College and Humanities division, has taken the lead in strengthening the arts at the University. The board was created in response to a 2001 report that found "the absence of a clear sense of how [the arts] fit into the University's larger mission."

Other reforms being considered by the ACG include adding more arts residencies and fellowships, a renovation of Mandel Hall, expansions of the Smart Museum and Court Theatre, the purchase of permanent student gallery space, and the creation of new full-time faculty positions within the Humanities division.

Dawn Helsing, executive director of Court Theatre and cochair of the ACG, recognized the need for a University-led drive to support the arts. "The Hyde Park area is a hub of diverse and rich arts activity in this city. There's so much that we need to do to raise our profile and engage more visitors and residents," she said. "The University plays a central role, in no small measure because of the distinctive interdisciplinary arts scholarship and creativity being generated throughout campus."

Larry Norman, deputy dean of the Humanities Division and cochair of the ACG, wrote in an e-mail that ACG reforms are actionable proposals that are intended to increase the influence of arts on campus. "The University's commitment to the arts is best witnessed by the fact that the Arts Clarity Group's catalog of ongoing initiatives represents not a fanciful wish list for the future, but instead the reality of recent advances by our arts programs and of their collaborative work together," he said. "Much remains to be done, but progress in recent years has been great."

Although those involved in the process heralded the progress already made, pointing to recent guest artist prog drams, new hires, and curriculum development, many arts students expressed the opinion that their discipline is underappreciated at the U of C.

"I came to the U of C because I wanted a good liberal arts reduction, and being well rounded is important to me and will surely make me a better artist, but I don't think arts are taken seriously enough at the U of C," second-year Theater and Performance studies major Victoria Bartley said. "The thought of new spaces in which various artists of all types could collaborate and facilitate their work is fantastic. The arts programs here are growing, and the need for space is growing, and in a number of years, the University will no longer be able to ignore the problem."

Humanities faculty and students emphasized that new facilities are necessary if the U of C intends to avoid serious problems with overcrowding and insufficient resources in its art programs. Michael said the development office created a new position substantially devoted to arts fundraising, and the administration has stressed the importance of arts donations.

"There remains much to be done, and our physical facilities clearly are not adequate for the vitality of the current programming, little less its future growth," Norman said. "That is one of the great challenges that faces us now."


Ronald McDonald house reopens in splendid, friendly new quarters north of 55th. December 13, 2007

Hyde Park Herald, December 19, 2997. By Georgia Geis

A large crowd braved the brisk wind last Thursday to witness the ribbon cutting at t he new 30,000-square-feet, Victorian-styled Ronald mcDonald House at 5444 S. Drexel Ave. The 22-bedroom house has amenities that would rival any luxury hotel.

Architects George Pappageorge and David Haymes with their colleagues designed the house with an elaborate turret, oversized windows and a wrap-around veranda to fit in with the turn of the century row houses on Drexel Avenue. "We pride ourselves in being a god neighbor," said Doug Porter, Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. "We strive to fit in with a neighborhood."

The house was designed with a "Growing Tree" theme based on the popular children's book and is double the size of the original Ronald McDonald House that opened in Hyde Park in 1986 and that will make the work of volunteers like longtime Hyde Parker Noel Brusman easier.

Brusman has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House for twelve years and has met countless families dealing with a child's serious illness. Brusman said one man's story stands out. A young man from the east cost whose twins were just born was flown here with his one baby who was born with cancer. The man, whose baby dies without ever seeing his mother, was a resident a the home for ten days. "He said eh felt very supported during this terribly sad time. He has come back to visit," said Brusman. In lieu of sympathy gifts, he asked that his friends make donations to the Ronald McDonald House in Hyde Park, brusman said.

Brusman said this story is typical for those staying at the house and this is why she volunteers eight hours a week, doing everything from admitting new guests to loading the dishwasher. "I have never stopped being touched by it," said Brusman, who stated volunteering after she retired from high school teaching. "My eyes tear up along with theirs."

According to Porter, many Hyde Parkers have been involved with the house, for example one generous Hyde Park resident who wishes to remain anonymous donated a million dollars for the project. Porter said he wants the neighborhood to feel welcome at the house and said there is a conference room for meetings and get-togethers.

"It is a big day, it has been a lot of work," said House Manager Mardelle Grundlach, who started herself as a volunteer 20 years ago. Grundlach said a lot of Hyde Park people volunteer at the house. She said there are many volunteer opportunities and "everyone is welcome." Grundlach said she is especially happy about the private bathrooms, which wil make a big difference for the families.

Besides the private bathrooms the house has age-appropriate play rooms from the toddler room, which can be seen from the kitchen, and a family room to a teen room equipped with video games. The house also boasts a computer room, a state of the art kitchen with five fully equipped work stations and a chapel that will provide a place for reflection where the families can see the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital through the huge picture window.

Brusman said one thing people could do is make dinner for the families. Many school, church and work groups come in to make dinner for what typically is 25 people. Brusman said working at the house give her a sense of being blessed. "I just say thank you, God. I have five healthy children and 11 healthy grandchildren," said Brusman.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, call Grundlach at 773 324-5437.


Early Learning Center. A major part of this project is on Stony Island Avenue at about 5800, and is described in the Drs Hospital Development page. It is named for long time Lab School supporter Earl Shapiro. But while the pre-2 kids will move to the new center, there will be much expansion and remodeling at the Lab School complex 58-59th, Kimbark to Dorchester. To see release and drawings:, The whole received city approval in January 2011. Designer is Joe Valerio of Valerio Dewalt Train and FGM Architects. The concept for the Early part is that the building and grounds design make them collaborers in teaching.

To: Alumni, Parents, and Friends
From: Robert J. Zimmer (2009?)
Re: Joe and Rika Mansueto Library and Milton Friedman Institute

I am very pleased to share news about two significant initiatives at the University of Chicago. Last week, the Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new library on our campus, supported by a generous gift of $25 million from alumni Joe and Rika Mansueto. Additionally, the University announced today the creation of a comprehensive new institute for the study of economics, named in honor of long-time faculty member and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman.

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library will use innovative technology to house up to 3.5 million volumes of print material in high-density space, and will provide an important new preservation facility for rare materials and outstanding user space for faculty and students. The library was designed by renowned Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn. Images of the dramatic design are available on our web site, The design allows the University of Chicago to maintain its entire collection on the main campus without relying on off-site storage facilities. Construction on the site, just to the west of the Regenstein Library, will begin this summer. We anticipate that the new library will be open for use in Fall 2010.

Joe Mansueto, Chairman and CEO of Morningstar, Inc., received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the College in 1978 and his M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business in 1980; Rika Mansueto received her bachelor's degree in anthropology in 1991. Joe founded Morningstar, a premier investment research, analysis, and information firm, in 1984. Joe received a University of Chicago Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award in 2003 and the Graduate School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000.

Today, the University announced the establishment of the Milton Friedman Institute, following the recommendations of a faculty committee and discussions with appropriate faculty bodies. The Institute is designed to reinforce the University of Chicago as the world's leading intellectual destination for economics and its connections to business, law, and policy.

The Milton Friedman Institute will provide a set of resources that will make it possible to continue recruiting top scholars, at both the junior and senior ranks. It will provide a location for faculty at Chicago to do research in economics and related areas, and to be joined by scholars -- senior, junior, postdoctoral, and advanced graduate students -- visiting the Institute for varying lengths of time. It is anticipated that many of these scholars will work in subfields in which members of the Chicago faculty do not currently concentrate, and that they will play leading roles in workshops during extended visits.

We also anticipate that the Milton Friedman Institute will be a natural locus to further the long-standing connections between those areas in which economic analysis plays a significant role, collaborations that have been a distinctive component of the intellectual fabric of the University: the Department of Economics, Graduate School of Business, Law School, and Harris School.

Milton Friedman's intellectual fearlessness, commitment to rigorous analysis, and emphasis on the importance of theory and data and their interplay embody the University of Chicago's scholarship. Friedman, who was the Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976 for "his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy." His work had a great impact on policy as well as scholarship.

The Milton Friedman Institute will occupy buildings that currently house the Chicago Theological Seminary on the north side of 58th Street between Woodlawn and University. The University's purchase of these buildings, which may also house the Department of Economics, will enable the Institute to be centrally located between our main quadrangles and the Harper Center of the Graduate School of Business. The Seminary's main building (5757 S. University) will be renovated to respect its architectural and historic significance, as well as to create a home appropriate for the Institute and the Department of Economics, should the latter move there as well. As part of the purchase agreement, the University will construct a new home for the Seminary.

The University's financial commitment to the Institute will be in the range of $200 million, with half of that amount establishing an operating endowment and the remainder allocated for facilities and other start-up costs. The majority of these funds will be raised through donations from alumni and business leaders from around the world. The Institute will be led by a Director and a faculty advisory group, with the search for a Director commencing shortly.

I invite you to learn more about the Milton Friedman Institute's mission and objectives by reviewing the faculty report and related information posted on our web site at


The University has bought Chicago Theological Seminary (58th Univ. to Woodlawn) to house a Milton Friedman Institution in Economics and Policy. The University will build new buildings for CTS (to be leased at $1 a year) in the 6000 block of Dorchester-- the community garden near the Steam Plant and for Meadville School south of the formerly forbidden line of 61st Street at Ellis. (Seminary Co-op Bookstores will stay for at least two years.) We were told that present plans for McGiffert Hall on Woodlawn are to tear it down and build Graduate School of Business student housing. The Maroon advised that the new Institute maintain objectivity.

Herald article May 21, 2008, by Sam Cholke

The University of Chicago has acquired the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) properties on Woodlawn Avenue and University Avenue for $44 million with the state intention of making them the new home of the Milton Friedman Institute of Economics, it was announced last week.

The University will pay for the construction of the seminary's new home at [north of] 61st Street and Dorchester Avenue, including contingencies, moving costs, furniture and incidentals. CTS will hold a 100-year lease on the property with a rental rate of $1 a year.

Susan Thistlethwaite [outgoing] president of CTS, said the university has been a good neighbor to CTS and that they reached an amicable deal on the move. The seminary's main building at 575 S. University Ave. will be renovated respecting its architectural and historic significance. [Note--many items of school and/or religious significance and historicity will be moved to the new building.]The building is at one of the gateways the university, saving it "never was an issue" and was mutually agreed upon, Thistlethwaite said.

Bob Rosenberg, spokesman for the university, said CTS will stay in their current home until the new facility is complete. There are no immediate plans to relocate the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in the basement of the seminary's University Avenue building.

The university will launch a major fundraising drive in the fall of this year to levy the $200 million it hopes to invest in the facilities and to establish an operating endowment. "The goal of the institute is to build on the university's existing leadership position and make the Milton Friedman Institute a primary intellectual destination for economics by creating a robust forum for engagement of our faculty and students and policymakers from around the world," said President Robert J. Zimmer in a prepared statement. "The Milton Friedman Institute will continue Chicago's extraordinary tradition of creating new ideas that stimulate the academic world and innovative approaches that influence policy."

Thistlethwaite said the university initially approached them in January 2007 about the seminary buildings. The move works out really well for CTS, she said. The seminary had really outgrown its current space; there is just one classroom that was big enough to to fit 30 students, she said. [Note, word is that CTS was in more difficult financial condition than any of the other affiliated seminaries.] Top

University of Chicago Medical Center construction traffic alerts; big plans

Traffic Updates and Re-routing of the Medical Center Campus- Maryland and Drexel Avenues, 57th, 58th Streets, from official release

The Maryland Avenue closure will allow the construction of a tunnel and storm water detention facility to serve the New Hospital Pavilion. In addition, new emergency generator fuel tanks will be installed underground.

Target dates: July 7-January 2009. The three phases to the Maryland Avenue closure will be:

Phase I: July 7 to November

Maryland Avenue will be completely closed from the DCAM Valet Parking entrance to 57th Street. This street closure will affect routes to DCAM. Comer Children's Hospital Entry drive access will move one half block East on 57th Street.

Phase II: November to Late December

In early November, the Comer Children's Hospital main entrance will close.

Phase III: January 2009

To ensure traffic moves smoothly, patients, visitors and employees should not use 58th Street at Cottage Grove Avenue to enter the Medical Center. Please only use 58th street for exiting the Medical Center. Routes to the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Rooms or Bernard A. Mitchell adult Hospital will not be affected.

For parking related questions, please visit website at or contact the Parking Office at 773 702-4381, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Driving to DCAM - July 7 to late December. To reach the DCAM Valet parking entrance, use 57th Street. Proceed EAst on 57th Drexel; turn south on Drexel, west on 58th to Maryland.

Driving to Comer - July 7 to November. Access moves one half block East on 57th Street. Proceed East on 57th past Maryland and turn right into the Valet Parking entrance.

November to Late December. The main entrance to Comer Children's Hospital will close. Patients and visitors will need to use the Pediatric Emergency Room entrance. Use 57th Street; proceed east and turn south on Drexel, one half block south to the Pediatric Emergency Room entry drive--valet parking will be there.

January 2009. The main entrance to Comer Children's Hospital will be re-opened. The staff paring garage north of DCAM will be closed and demolished. Use 57th an turn south on Drexel, west of 58th, North on Maryland. Valet will be at the DCAM and Comer entrances.

New external signage has been installed, to be easier to read and directing to services such as adult hospital rather than names. Panels are modular to change as the changes are implemented.

Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, Medical Center benefactors Jules and Gwen Knapp gathered with UCMC Management and Turner Construction Company Management to lay the cornerstone for the KCBD. A state-of the-art facility, the KCBD will house research programs in children's health, cancer and other medical specialties. The 330,000-square-feeo, 20-story building will facilitate endeavors to translate the fundamental discoveries of biologists, geneticists, chemists and physicists into better care for patients in the New Hospital Pavilion and other patient care areas throughout the Medical Center. The KCBD will be connected by overhead bridges to the Donnelly Biological Sciences Learning Center and the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences. It is scheduled for completion in March 2009.

The Knapp's established the Jules F. Knapp Medical Research Building and the Gwen Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research and in 2006 $25 million to name th Gwen an Jules Knapp Research Complex which includes KCBD, the Knapp Medical Research Building and the Donnelly Biological Sciences Learning Center.

West Campus Utility Plant

The West Campus Utility Plant, on the southeast corner of 56th Street and Maryland Avenue will provide steam for heat and chilled water for air-conditioning to new campus buildings, including the New Hospital Pavilion. The facility was designed by renowned architect Helmut Jahn and is being built by Bovis Construction. It will be operational in September 2009.

A "sister" facility--the South Campus Utility Plant--is being built at 61st Street and Dorchester Avenue to accommodate future needs for new buildings that will be constructed along the 61st Street corridor. The plant will provide the chilled water necessary for cooling equipment in these buildings. It is scheduled for completion in September 2008.

University of Chicago Regional Biocontainment Lab at Argonne

Started in July of 2006, the Howard Taylor Rickets Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (HTRL), scheduled to opening Summer 2008, will serve as the Midwest Center for the National Institutes of Health. It is one of thirteen regional and two national biosafety laboratories funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Although Argonne is a federally controlled reserve, the facility will be owned and operated by the University of Chicago.

The new high-containment HTRL is located on the 1500-acre Argonne National Laboratory site, one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest research centers. When completed, the 48,647 square-foot facility will enable researchers to study multiple pathogens simultaneously. The HTRL also will be prepared to assist national, state and local public health efforts in the event of a bioterrorism or infectious disease emergencies.

Note, Argonne/Fermilab lost the linear accelerator project to University of Michigan.

Largest Single Health Care Investment in History of South Side Approved. Novel modular design promotes flexibility, expansion, and connectivity

(Ed.: Article fails to mention the human, resident-friendly pillars at two levels with prairie horizontal thrust that moves it beyond the mere institutional of many of the Medical Center's modern buildings. But will this quadrant become increasingly a wind-swept sterile "industrial" zone with nothing else, not even and outside coffee shop?-and continuing to totally turn its back on Cottage Grove and Washington Park. And will the traffic and congestion be manageable?)

The Board of Trustees for both the Medical Center and the University of Chicago gave final approval for the New Hospital Pavilion--a 21st century technological and architectural tour de force, designed to accelerate medical progress and to accelerate medical progress and to leverage the close collaboration between the University's world-class clinicians and researchers for the benefit of patients.

The futuristic, $700 million, 10-story, 1.1 million-square-foot New Hospital Pavilion, designed by renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, provides a high-technology facility that combines the optimal setting for patient care and collaborative clinical research with the flexibility to adapt to and drive forward rapid changes sweeping through medicine.

The Pavilion will provide a new home for the University of Chicago Medical Center's most distinguished clinical programs, those that provide complex specialty care with a focus on cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neurosciences, advanced surgery and high-technology medical imaging.

"The New Hospital Pavilion is more than a building," said Medical Center CEO James Madara, M.D. "It embodies our commitment to provide the finest possible care to those with the most challenging illnesses. It is also a model of flexibility, which will enable physicians to leverage advances in medical science for the benefit of our patients for decades to come."

Engineered to link the forefront of medicine with the University's agenda-setting science, and to provide th most innovative care for patients facing the most challenging illnesses, the New Hospital Pavilion will serve as the new "core" of the University of Chicago Medical Center campus. It wil connect to both the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, which opened in 2005, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, the Medical Center's outstanding outpatient facility. It will be adjacent to two new, cutting-edge research facilities: the 430,000-square-foot Gordon Center for Integrative Science, which opened in 2005, an the 330,000 square-foot, 10-story Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, to open in 2009.

The New Hospital Pavilion will occupy the north end of two city blocks, extending 570 feet along the south side of 57th Street from Cottage Grove, over Maryland Avenue to Drexel Avenue. Each floor will provide over 100,000 square feet of space, more than 1.5 football fields--including the end zones.

The pavilion contains 240 private inpatient and intensive care beds; 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms; 12 rooms for gastrointestinal and pulmonary procedures; seven interventional radiology suites; and advanced diagnostic tools including high-resolution high-speed MRI and CT scanners. Major construction will begin in 2009 and the building will open in 2012.

Thought behind the Medical Center plans: 'Distinction Trumps Size"

(But residents fear this means even more abandonment of primary services (as documented in prestigious blogs) for at least the local community despite collaboratives and more, more distant clinics, while employees of affiliated Friend Center picket over contract, salaries, treatment.)

From the Medical Center's Forefront

"What we want to do is use what we have for ever-more complex care." President David Hefner

University of Chicago Medical Center President David Hefner stressed the importance of focusing on distinctiveness over growth at the latest series of Town Hall Meetings held April 1-14. "Our five- to 10-year aspirations are very different from what you would find at almost any other health system or academic medical center," Hefner said. "You can sum it by saying distinction trumps size. We're not her to get bigger as much as we are to become ever more distinct."

Hefner said the Medical Center's aspirations include attracting the best students, fostering a unique research-rich environment, procuring 21st century facilities and technology, leading the state of Illinois in complex care, partnering in the South Side Health Collaborative, and becoming the best performer in quality, safety, cost, service and satisfaction.

Hefner also said that as part of its Urban Health Initiative, the Medical Center increased its strategic partnerships to include: ACCESS 47th Street, ACCESS Grand Boulevard, Friend Family Health Center and Chicago Family Health Center.

"What we want to do is use what we have for ever-more complex care, and t hen work with South Side physicians and hospitals and other care-givers to have them do what they do very well, which is primary and secondary care," Hefner said. "Of course, all at the same time, we want to be the best performer in quality, safety and satisfaction."

Feathers in the Medical Center's cap include receiving six out of 10 stars in the Blue Cross rankings--double what UCMC had last year--and achieving Magnet Status, which only 200 hospitals in the nation can boast.


Plan (downsized) for a new $215 William D. Ekhardt Research Center in physics and astronomy and astrophysics was approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2011.

More than 220 faculty in chemistry, physics and molecular engineering, Kavli Instiute for Cosmological Physics, Astronomty and Adstophysics, and the theoretical physics group of the Enrico Fermi Institute and part of the James Franck Institute will occupy the new structure at and about the northwest corner of 57th and Ellis. HOK and Jamie Carpenter will be the architect of the c. 265,000 square foot, 5 story plus two underground super quit-super clean complex. Funders include William D. Ekhardt ($20m) and the Pritzker Foundation ($10m for the directorship). Demolition starts spring 2011. LEED Gold certification will be sought.

The plan will include a walkway between the BSLC and 57th opposite the Henry Moore (which will be highlighted). Underconsideration is how to create a memorial to Research Institutes and what was accomplished there.