Community News. Development home. Woodlawn News. University and Community (has the all-campus long range plan). University Projects Updates page.

South Campus Master Plan of the University of Chicago, from September, 2004 and beyond

A service of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference and its website

The University has a website with comments e-mail on the South Campus Plan: Visit also,, there find detail link on homepage, or Comments and inquiries can also be directed to Sonya Malunda, Associate Vice President for Community and Governmental Affairs at the University, 773 702-6815/6845.
In this page. To University Projects Updates page.

In October 2004, the University distributed in Woodlawn a brochure on short-term plans. See Woodlawn News for broader context. Several presentation and comment sessions have been held since. See plan for whole campus in UC and Community.

In this page:


The major opening through 2012 were the new Cathey dorm, the South Parking Garage with UCPolice Dept., the converted telephone center on Kenwood, the Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago Theological Seminary.

In planning by 2014 were the South Athletic Field, Conversion of 1307 E. 60th St. into a new Harris School of Public Policy (to be started when a total $30m is raised), and a new Rubenstein Forum on 60th in the block between Woodlawn and Kimbark (which would presumably replace the obsolete Stewart Mott building.) The Rubenstein (tob estarted in 2016) to hold conferences (once helod at the 1307 Kellogg Center and many now downtown at Gleacher) an house student groups working collaboratively and host student events and meetings- space for which has been tight and scattered in a variety of academic buildings and in Reynolds/Bartlett and Ida Noyes. Together these projects will come close to completing the South Campus.

In spring 20o7 the height of the dorm tower was reduced, the project was delayed, and other modifications made because of cost overruns. On the other hand, the Arts Center became of reality with a $35 million gift from the Logan family. An architect will be named by the end of spring.

Parking is gradually becoming available again on 61st and the cross streets, but sidewalks and landscaping are a ways off.




Within the whole Master Plan:

South Campus latest within context of Campus Master Plan


Herald coverage, September 15, 2004. by Jeremy Adragna

The University of Chicago is planning to spruce up its south campus by erecting several new office buildings with retail space and new dorms on open land it owns in the Woodlawn neighborhood north of 61st Street. The area already houses more than 10 campus building including some graduate student dorms, administrative buildings and much green space. But some area residents are saying the new pan will cut too much green space, changing the peaceful neighborhood between 61st and 60th Streets for the worse.

Hank Webber, the university's head of community affairs, announced plans to residents last week for a new student dining hall, a retail center and more parking to likely be completed within five years. The plans are slated to full in university land a part of the $500 million U. of C. Campus Master Plan, which Webber says will create a more attractive southern border for the Woodlawn neighborhood and enliven the south campus.

The university also plans to build a winter garden on the Midway Plaisance and announced long-term construction plans for the land like building a creative arts center there and [recreating the Plaisance] Hotel.

But residents say final plans should include community input on which retail stores will be installed and what parks will be kept. University of Chicago Hospitals resident Deepica Ganta, says she purchased a co-op apartment last year across from a proposed retail and office building. Now she says she will lose her beautiful university-facing vantage if a four-story building is erected across the street and her neighbors will no longer have parks to walk their dogs or perform Tai Chi when the university fills in much of its open space there. "If they are really trying to revitalize the community I'd rather see an independent coffee shop than another Starbucks," Ganta, 28 said. "It's convenient to have retail across the street but they need to check to see what impact those businesses will have on the other businesses in the area. And I think it's going to increase traffic. This is a quiet neighborhood."

Ganta says she would like to see the university take public input by creating a committee of residents to help design some of the new buildings and help choose which businesses will be installed.

"If retail is not something the community wants, then I'll listen to that," said Webber, answering several comments from residents. "I think it's better for the community but we can change that." Webber said he will likely post a website in coming weeks to take in comments from the public on the university's expansion.

The university also plans to bump up its streetscaping within the area and plans to create a double-row of trees along the southern edge of the campus to expand is dwindling greenspace. Some long-time residents complained about streets that have been closed off in the neighborhood for years, the need for footpaths and a need for further police visibility.

during the meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 969 E. 60th St., residents on hand to hear the university's plans for its own land blasted the university and Woodlawn Ald. Arenda Troutman (20th) for slow economic growth in the neighborhood south of Hyde Park. "We know that the university has not always had the best relationship with the Woodlawn community," Troutman said during the meeting. "But they have changed that reputation somewhat...I think so."

The alderman's comments drew speculation from those residents, some even booed the statement. Webber says the university will continue to meet with residents once architects are chosen to draw up preliminary designs and will continue to take input online.


Notes on the September, 2004 community meeting on the South Campus Plan

September 8, 2004 at the School of Social Service Administration, the latest University of Chicago South Campus Master Plan was rolled out by Henry S. Webber, Vice President for Community Affairs and Government Relations, Alderman Arenda Troutman (20th) and Joanne Bauer of Bauer-Latoza Studios designers. (There is a design firm hired for the buildings, Ayres Saint Cross, but it did not present.) The University has had several South Campus plans over the years, most notably that of Eero Saarinen, 1955. The current is a re-look at the general University Master Plan of 1999.

Webber presented the following. The entire area between 60th and 61st, Cottage Grove and Stony Island belongs to the University of Chicago except the Metra/Canadian National railroad right of ways. Most of the area east of the tracks was leased to The Woodlawn Organization (T.W.O) in the 1960's for replacement housing and was recently re-leased to T.W.O. for 60 years at no cost. Webber stressed that the University owns no other land south of the Midway and has no plans or intention to do so. The purpose of this meeting was to show how planning continues and will be phased into reality. This plan is a revisitation and refinement of the 1999 Campus Master Plan.

Ed. This understanding goes back to 1964, the time of the acquisition of the South Campus under urban renewal special legislation the University sought and a subsequent agreement made with T.W.O. following protests. The UC had long had Burton Judson, dorm, 1313 Public Administration, the affiliated American Bar Association, the Steam Plant, and a church converted into the Orthogenic School. University expansion in the South Campus entered the planning stage by 1955 (Eero Saarinen's initial plan even had a freeway-wall just north of 61st, turned part of the Midway into parking, and had an applied research park.) By the early 60's the University had its law and land. First fruits by 1964 included the Law School (Saarinen), the Kellogg Conference Center (now a dorm), and the Mott Building. Few new structures were created since until the Press Building in the 1990s.

Webber discussed two kinds of projects. Those that are planned and funded for start or completion by 2008 and those under consideration for as far out as 2020. None of the former need any zoning changes under the University Planned Development; some of the latter may.

Webber noted that the University is a global-reach institution, has a 2 Billion dollar annual budget, 12,000 employees, 13,000 students; of the 25,000, nearly 11,000 live in Hyde Park, Kenwood, and Oakland and 595 in Woodlawn. The Medical Center provides $45 million in free care.

Goals of the University for its space include:

Under the 1999 Plan, to date the University has spent 365.1 million on construction, of which $114.3 m went to Minority and Women contractors. 52 apprentices were hired, trained and employed; there were 86 community hires, and 1,200 south siders were employed during construction.

Elements/goals of the new plan for south of the Midway

Specific South Campus planning goals

Near-term projects to 2008

Webber promised sensitivity to minimize construction impacts. He cautioned that temporary construction parking lots and staging areas will have to be created, in part to minimize impacts.

Proposed Near-Term (2008) development of the South Campus. The University of Chicago

Isometric of look of South Campus after Near-Term (2008) redevelopment. The University of Chicago

Webber briefly presented the Midway Master Plan. Next projects after the South Winter Garden are long-range: Children's Interactive Experience Garden, symbolic bridges on the cross streets, a hotel at the end of the Plaisance.


Streetscape and Open Space- Near Term

Parking Structure with Office Use, 61st and Drexel: 2005

Undergraduate Residence Hall & Dining, 60-61st St. and Ellis Avenue: 2005

Mixed-Use Building: Retail/University Office/Parking, 61st St. and Woodlawn Avenue: 2008

6035 S. Kenwood Building Reuse

The Midway Plaisance Projects in Partnership with the Chicago Park District

Work to be Built on Completed Midway Projects

Other, Long-Range concepts: 2020



Commitments to the community

Getting from Here to There

Community-expressed concerns

Many expressed concern or opposition to what they saw as increased congestion and population, high structures, and loss of open space especially for kids playing and for dog walking. (The counter was that with more people and activity come vitality and security and that Woodlawn Avenue impact would be minimized through entry on the Midway.)

Opening of Kimbark Avenue to through traffic: (No decision has been made, dialogue welcomed. All n-s streets will be open for pedestrian traffic. The University will have a thorough traffic study done.)

Skepticism about retail along 61st and anger at lack of progress in bringing retail south on Cottage Grove (Columbia Pointe west) and elsewhere in Woodlawn led into the rest of the meeting being about Woodlawn problems and issues and why the University either "isn't helping south of 61st and west of Cottage (Parc Grove)" or is "too involved with the Woodlawn Investment and Preservation Corporation." And from there to general Woodlawn and downtown issues.

Although the University started patrolling between 61st land 64th early in 2003 (one participant saying the presence wasn't visible) and the University has been increasingly active in Woodlawn schools and healthcare and in new housing including for staff (forgivable loans), the Midway and block to the south to the south continue to be a boundary--reinforced by the cellblock-like old housing that stretches unending three and four stories high up to the south sidewalk of 61st. 61st is a boundary between income, race, wards, and housing construction levels.

Hyde Park is 44% white and 38% African-American while Woodlawn is 94% A-A and 3% white. Only $19 million was spent in the 2003 in the much-vaunted housing "rebuilding" Woodlawn while figures in Hyde Park (boundaries not given in stats. by Dept. of Buildings) are given as $289-fourth highest of any neighborhood.

Top for input with the University and for developing plans.


Quality of Life Woodlawn commitments as of June 10, 2008 (There was another update June 10, 2009 esp.. on Logan Center issue, but information is not yet up. The following is the U of C's powerpoint.

Supporting Public Education in Woodlawn
• Neighborhood Schools Program – 71 University Students
• CPS/UOC Internet Project – technology support in 7 schools
• Woodlawn Charter H.S.
• String Instrument Music Program at Carnegie Elementary
Creating Permanent Jobs
• Career Pathways Initiative
Making the Community Safer
• UOC Police in partnership with the City’s Police Department
• 47 Emergency Phones installed
• Partnership with the Woodlawn New Communities Program on the
Woodlawn Organization’s parent patrol
Temporary Sub-station at 61st and Ellis Avenue and staffing
Working with Woodlawn Non-Profits on Quality of Life
• WECAN’S Housing Resource Center
• Experimental Station’s Blackstone Bicycle Works Program
• 61st Street Farmer’s Market
• Harris Park Recreation Center and Advisory Committee
• MAGIC’S teen initiatives
• South Side YMCA
• Grove Parc Tenant’s Association
• WPIC’s Employment CenterBeautifying Green Space
• Partnership with Chicago Park District to install new Midway
Plaisance South Winter Garden and park summer programming
• Employer-Assisted Housing Program (49 Woodlawn participants)
Contracting with Minority-and-Women-Owned Businesses Medical Center
• South Side Health Collaborative-continuing to sponsor a network of
community health centers committed to improving access to
comprehensive primary care on the South Side of Chicago
• 6th Annual Day of Service and Reflection , that includes 3 sites in
• Adopt-A-School Program involving South Side Chicago Public
• Sponsorships of significant South Side events, small organizations,
and small events, including Bud Billiken Parade, Real Men Cook,
and the Woodlawn Farmer’s Market



Community meeting June 6 2005 looks at concepts, gives feedback on wishes for new dorm at 61st and Ellis

Sonya Malunda, 773 702-4568,

New dorm plan, Ellis nd 61st. The University of Chicago

The new dorm plan as tied into existing Burton-Judson dorm and dining commons and the Law School (Saarinen) . The University of Chicago

After reiteration of University commitments to the Community including Woodlawn set forth in earlier meetings, Steve Klass and others explained the programmatic aspects of the dorm and commons. The body of 900 students, to come from all years, will reside in 9 houses each having adult guidance. The idea of a residence will be stressed, even house tables in the dining commons.

The buildings will wrap around courtyards, echo the arrangement of Burton-Judson, have varied heights and massing, share a loading area to the east with the Law School, and have a public pre-secure wing at the north along Ellis with the public dining facility and an open computing facility. The dining/cafe building will be much like Bartlett, with even a convenience store.

Disincentives to cars and parking will include a ban on cars for 1st years, new and nearest garages at a bit of a distance, campus transportation to mass transit and downtown. And there will be a 30 foot setback on the 61st side, which will also have the lowest, residence-like profile. A full parking and traffic study will assess impacts of all the planned buildings.

The firm of Goody-Clancy is known for its dorm and community sensitivity. Purpose is to make the "edge" a transition and bring people from both sides together. Construction is anticipated for fall 2006.

Several residents at the meeting were concerned about impacts, especially parking, of a new building with an additional 900 students.

Come to the 2nd meeting, late July or August, to see what the attendees liked and didn't and to react to the first-pass design by the architects. See feedback contacts at top of page.


May 9 update- South Campus Projects and schedule

Sonya Malunda, Asst. VP Comm. Affairs, Joseph Chronister project manager, James Wilson MWE mgr. and others gave overviews.

Treatments include aesthetic streetscapes that also carry utilities underground, front-door transitions, ease of movement and other pedestrian amenities.

University activities to the south include bringing students into the community, housing and affordable housing, programs in all the schools, the charter high school (reserved for 40% from Woodlawn), public safety, partnering with community organizations, health, support of business growth, employment and minority-women business enterprises.

The addition to the master plan 2004 is still mostly intact, although the Arts Center may be moved up into to the short-term schedule category.

Projects and Schedule, , for the short-term- Projects underway by 2008-9:

1. 61st Drexel Parking Garage w office and UC Police. Start April 2006, end early 2007?
2. 61st Ellis Residence Hall and Commons May 2006, end Sept 08 and in 09
3. Burton-Judson roof and facade June 2007. 5 phases through2010
4. Law School tower and front (fountain) renovation June 2006, end Sept/ 08
5. Midway south winter garden Sept 2006, end June 2007
6. 61st Woodlawn Mixed Use w parking Summer 2007? end fall 2008
7. 6045 S. Kenwood rehab- Toyota Techn. Instit., another Initial 2006, full Nov. 2006-Aug 08
8. So. Campus Chiller Plant August 2006 on
9. So. campus utility corridor August 2006 and ongoing


1. 61st Drexel. 430,000 sf. Ross Barney & Jankowski/ Bovis Lend Lease.
2. Residence. Goody Clancy w Campbell Tiu Campbell. Gilbane
3. Burton-Judson. TBD
4. Law. OWP&P. Berglund
5. Winter garden. Site Design Group. TBD
6. Woodlawn mixed use. TBD
7. 6045 Kenwood. Bauer-Latoza. TBD
8. Chiller Plant. Owner rep Carter-Burgess. Arch. Murphy/Jahn.
Eng. Burns & McDonnell. Constr. mgr. TBD
9. Utility cor. Superior Engineering. (Will be mostly in the 30' 61st St. setback.)

Business Diversity and employment sectors--goals exceeded.



West side of the South Campus Plan

East side of the South Campus Plan




September 15, 2005 town hall meeting gives residents of Woodlawn opportunity to voice ideas on future neighboring residence hall

From the University of Chicago Chronicle, September 22, 2005. By Josh Schonwald

University administrators and members of the University's architectural design team presented Woodlawn residents with the first draft of a design for the proposed South Campus residence hall on Thursday, Sept. [15]. The residence hall is slated for construction at 61st Street and Ellis Avenue.

Co-hosted by 20th-ward Alderwoman Arenda Troutman, the town hall meeting at the School of Social Service Administration was the second in a set of four scheduled meetings with the Woodlawn neighbors to discuss issues regarding the future 900-bed housing complex.

"We want to make certain we get input from the community, the neighbors of the residence hall, before we move forward," said Sonya Malunda, Assistant Vice President and Director of Community Affairs. "We can now incorporate feedback from the community into the design presentation for the University Trustees."

From street-level views and aerial shots to 3-D and shadow-impact views, community residents had a chance to see a wide variety of perspectives on the new residence hall that will be built directly south of Burton-Judson Hall and east of the Law School. The University's design team, Boston-based firm Goody Clancy Associates and its Chicago partner Campbell Tiu Campbell, presented residents with these different perspectives to give them a clear sense of the building's visual impact on the neighborhood.

One of the most striking characteristics of the new design is its low height and townhouse-like design along 61st street, which complements the neighborhood homes directly across the street. Using a courtyard design, the architects have rendered a pair of eight-story buildings that will bookend a 14-story tower at the center of the complex.

The tower reflects the [Swedish architect Aero] Saarinen design of the neighboring Law School tower, while the townhouse elements are a direct response to community feedback gathered at a June meeting, Malunda said. "Neighbors wanted to make sure that there was a smooth transition from the institutional, University buildings to the residential look of the Woodlawn neighborhood," she said.

Steve Klass, Vice President and dean of Students in the University, said these preliminary meetings with the community are so important "because they provide early opportunities to address concerns through the design of architectural elements."

For instance, one concern raised in June focused on potential noise from the residence hall's loading dock. The architect's solution" and underground loading dock, which will serve both Burton-Judson Hall and the new residence hall. "With the underground loading dock," said Klass, "you won't event know service vehicles are there."

Klass also emphasized the overall goal of the design. "We want the 61st street face to feel like the front door to the University, rather than the backyard. We don't want to be inward looking, we want it to be visually inviting and open." Relying heavily on glass to present a sense of transparency and liveliness, the proposed design has large window. The courtyard design also includes several portals, which allow for secure residential access and invite neighbors to view life inside the courtyard.

In addition to the design presentation, Malunda, Klass, and Troutman fielded questions from residents about the proposed design and the new building's impact on the neighborhood.

The University's next meeting with the community, which is being planned for later this fall or early in inter, will focus on the retail component of the new building. The $100 million project will create both construction and permanent employment opportunities. A fourth and final meeting will focus on the logistics of the construction project.

Troutman said she was pleased the University is meeting with residents. "They own this property," she told the residents. "They don't have to hold these meetings, but they're being good neighbors. They're working with the community."...


Other elements: The front door will be 5-stories high.
The commons will include a 75-seat cafe and a convenience store open to the public. Patrons will be able to use an ATM-like card for purchases and pay when leaving.
Planners assured the audience that the Drexel garage will prevent a parking crunch.
The planted gateway on the 61st side will be 30 feet back. "A formal border that has transitional qualities," according to Susan Campbell.

Plans progress for dorm--from Maroon series February 2, 2006. By Ethan Frenchman

Final approval for the construction blueprint of the new dorm at 61st Street and Ellis Avenue is on the way....[It is] slated to open in 2008, will cost over $100 million and will be home to approximately 900 students in nine residential houses. Coinciding with the sale of Shoreland Hall, the new dorm will add and additional 250 beds to the house system.

Steve Klass, vice president and dean of students in the University, said, "[The new dorm] will bring the 650 students currently housed in the Shoreland closer to campus to integrate them more intentionally in University life." ...The new dorm is also designed to keep upper-level undergraduates in housing [said deputy dean Cheryl Gutman.] "We are incorporating housing styles in the new building (e.g. suites, singles) that are more attractive to older undergraduates.." [added Klass].

[The new dorm will offer a kosher meal service and students can pay for whole meals. When done, 40 percent of students will be there and in the housing system, changing the the social landscape of campus. Gutman continued:] "The Midway will no longer be considered to be the end of campus. I will make campus at the same time more intimate and larger."

[Also, a number of steps are being taken to include facilities open to the larger community, including Woodlawn, and the University is working with the Urban League so that there will be jobs for local residents. Klass added:] "We see this project not as a campus-edge development, but as an opportunity to provide a meaningful point of contact between the University and our neighbors to the south." [Still, local activists say the University hasn't done enough to protect and increase affordable housing in the area and that this new dorm will put more pressure on affordability in Woodlawn.]

Details, as of May 2006 update meeting and per Maroon of May 12

900 beds, nine houses with c100 students per house. Two sections with a common entrance, 2 resident heads. The outer sections will have 4-5 stories, the center about 14.

Limestone and glass but modern looking. The dining area will have a broken and piled blocks roof effect. Glass was asked by students for more light. The glass library will overlook campus. Common rooms will be large and directly accessed from four floors each. Each house will be 4-storied around a house lounge of 700 sq. ft. and two stories high, with study area, kitchen, small dining area.

Half the rooms will be doubles (200 sq ft) and a smaller number singles (117 sq ft). There will also be some communal suites of 2 doubles or 4 singles with kitchen and private bath. Floors will have communal bathrooms. Rooms will not be symmetrical or equal sized but have "nooks and crannies." There will be a large laundry in the basement. A small computer facility and cafe and convenience store will be accessible to the public, with other computer and music rooms for students only.

The dining facility will have a very large servery with "cooked to order" food stations.

Shoreland residents will have priority. Occupancy in two stages in 2008 and 2009.


The April 13, 2007 Maroon announced that the dorm has been downsized and delayed due to rising construction costs.

Also cited was the University's desired speed, entailing a design-as-you-go program. As costs threatened to spiral over $10 million above the $165 million approved by the Trustees, meetings were held with both students and architects. Student and University priorities largely coincided on keeping large house lounges, communal library and study spaces, and mix of room sizes from single to suite (for upperclassmen) while dropping the computer lab as duplicative. Also lost were 4 of the 14 floors in the tower and one of the nine houses. The dorm is now scheduled to open a year later (fall 2009), necessitating leasing the Shoreland for an additional year. To date only one of the eight houses has been named, meaning a large donation received--in this case part of $5 million donated by Bernard DelGiorno. University officials stressed that 95% of what was wanted in the building is kept.



Drexel parking garage and outpatient/office bldg. presented July 14, 2005

Contact: Kim Fish, UCH Planning, Design and Construction, 773 834-2035.

July 14 a public meeting was held by the University and Hospitals on the first structure that will break ground in the new South Campus development. This will be a Hospitals double structure- parking for 800-1000 cars, mostly of employees, wrapped around by an outpatient and office building of 4 stories. The project will start late 2005 and be opened at the end of 2006.

Presenters note that the Hospitals provides $40 million annually for charity cases, has a local economic impact of $49 million, that over 20% of its staff live in the neighborhood, and it's one of the largest provider of medicaid. The goal is 40% MBE participation.

The architect is Ross Barney + Jankowski and the builder general is Bovis-BFP. A lynchpin in MBE is the Bronzeville firm Campbell Tiu Campbell.

The ground floor will be the new state-of-the-art headquarters and communications center for the University of Chicago Police. The Force has 150 officers of which 80% are off-duty city police. The response time is 3 minutes. The Force is increasingly dedicated to serving expanding communities. Police entrance will be on Drexel. A multipurpose room in the police section will be available for community meetings.

The office building's 2nd floor will be outpatient and above that 2 floors for administrative offices. It is hoped that having people working and entering the building and having the 61st side "active" will prevent problems that often attend stand-alone parking garages.

The higher and bigger-footprint garage will be in the interior with 2 entrance/egresses and will be 1 1/2 stories underground. It is meant to get employees out of the patient garages and away from the Hospital and neighbor's streets. Lack of quick parking for patients is a "major disatisfier."

Fitting all this into the footprint and height limit of the residence to the north and making a beautiful structure of high-quality materials with a 30-foot landscaped footprint on the 61st Street side was a major challenge. (One solution is foliage growing up the building. There will be no fences; there will be concrete bench seating and whimsical signage at people height.) Also, attention had to be paid to traffic movement and entrances; the planners do not think a traffic light will be needed. The office part will be of tinted glass with shade screens while the parking part will be of concrete--both partly intended to avoid the noise associated with steel girder assembly. Construction and the structure have to be sensitive to adjacent seniors and dormitory housing--including means to blank car headlights. Displaced employee parking will be at the former Park District trades buildings, 59th and Cottage Grove.

Much discussion was given to how the UC and UCH intend to meet and police the 40% minority and women owned participation/purchasing goals and provide local jobs and apprenticeships (but was truthful about the difficulties), as well as about University initiatives/criticisms of the same, summarized in the University and Community page. Hiring will be done by the Urban League.

Most frequently asked questions sheet:

  1. How will dust containment be controlled?
    Soil would be dampened to keep dust down during dry weather periods. In addition, fabric will be placed on chain link fencing along the alley to further reduce dust migration toward residences and periodic street cleaning.
  2. How will the construction area be secured?
    A construction fence with fabric screen will be provided to define the limits of the construction and keep children and the general public way from the construction activities. Signage will also be provided around the site to keep unauthorized personnel out of the area.
  3. Concerns about utility interruptions.
    Flyers will be used to notify the public in advance of al scheduled utility interruptions.
  4. Concerns about starting times as it relates to noise.
    City ordinances are in effect for both noise and working hours. Work hours would be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The vast majority of the trades will run from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  5. Concerns about the height of the new building.
    The new Parking Facility will be no taller than the Student Residence north of the site.
  6. Construction Impact on traffic.
    During periods of heavy traffic (mass excavation, concrete delivery,etc.) flag men will be provided to control truck traffic entering and leaving the site.
  7. Construction impact on parking.
    Contractor Parking:
    The location of the future residential development across from the site will be used for contractor trailers and some parking. Contractors will normally arrive between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. when residents are already parked. Contractors will leave the jobsite around 3:30 p.m. before residents normally return from work.,.
    Hospital Employee Parking: The Hospitals ill provide alternate parking or employees so that residential parking will not be impacted by employee parking.


Unveiling plans, fundraising for new arts center south of Midway- details in Arts News and UC and Community.

Fundraising and plans prep. continue to the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Midway Studios at 60th and Drexel. Hoped-for opening is 1010 at a cost of $62m. It will be two stories with 182,000 square feet. Added would be 3 black box theaters, new space for Department of Visual Arts, music practice and rehearsal space, a medium sized film an lecture hall, a 350-seat performance hall and computer labs. The focus, developed in a comprehensive study begun in 2000 under then-provost Geoff Stone, is to bring together what is now dispersed in cramped space across the whole campus, in a way the arts can collaborate, experiment, and grow. An innovative approach is the integrative "arts alley."

The new complex will shift the center of gravity southward, especially in connection with the new dorm and many other facilities planned between 60th and 61st, as well as create an arts dynamo as several of the other major studies dedicated campus buildings do. The center cannot go forward until 85 percent of funding has been found.


Plans rolled out for a very different South Winter Garden, April 26, 2007

The blocks between Woodlawn and Ellis on the north side of 60th Street and across from Burton-Judson dorm, the Law School, and the structure holding the Harris Policy School etc. will be the scene of construction in 2007 of a new South Winter Garden.

Richard Bumstead, University Planner; Claudine Malik, Capital Project Manager, Chicago Park District; and Sonya Malunda, Assistant Vice President, Community and Government Affairs, the University of Chicago, with introduction by Alderman Leslie A. Hairston (5th) presented plans s elaborated by Site Design Group, Ltd. and reviewed by the Midway Plaisance Working Group.

In contrast to the curvilinear, almost Jensenian but still English, plan of the North Winter Garden (which plays off the U of C Gray City while never forgetting it lives within Olmsted's stately line of trees and "canal," the South Garden will be very strictly geometric, playing off Saarinen's Law School and Mies' School of Social Service Administration and even resembling one of Wright's windows (Midway Gardens) or a Mondrian painting. It's unmistakably of the 20th century. It will also have more topographical relief than the North does, including square mounds that are virtual pyramids, plazas, and sweeps of 3-D fescue grasses as well as a garden of both annuals and perennials, and a goodly amount (but less?) of the evergreens that distinguish it as a "winter" garden, of visual interest the year around. There will be a significant rectangular open gazebo that will scream modernist architecture and serve fro gatherings and maybe performances and rituals, have a green roof and a hole in the roof and floor with planted bamboo. Separately there will be a center plaza with a "feature" opportunity--sculpture is being assessed. There will also be both paved desire paths through the panels and a semi maze of straight-line 90- degree angle paths or walls or lines of burning bush low hedges. These will echo both modern design and french formal garden traditions (cf Grant Park). The center third will be abut twice as densely developed as the outer wings. Both garden bed and lawn areas will be sprinkled. A very few existing trees will be removed. The historic bridle and running path (crushed gravel) will be relocated to the outside of the south line of historic trees, along the 60th St. curb. Major crossing paths between main and south campus will be straightened while creating new desire paths. Problems encountered with the North Garden are being avoided.

Design objectives:

Here is the plan. See below for legends.

Here are legends, small and obscured in the supplied printout.

Top (west) to bottom. Those along the "Eastbound Midway Plaisance" roadway (north side):

Low evergreen ground cover [on Ellis edge], [cross desire paths] 5'wide bike trail mix path (Typ)

[first darker green square indicating rising elevation to an asymmetric "center":] Turf panel and raised landform.

[lighter green passim:] Fescue mix 12"-18" ht (Typ)

[in center, intensely developed plane--changed from depressed to distinct landform with ground cover]

[lighter thin paths:] 4' w. exp. aggregate concrete path [some are 7']

[pointing to circle:] tree in pavement cutout

[above that:] concrete paver plaza area

Typ uplighting for tree grove sculpture

[defining the east and west edges of the center panel:] 15'-20' ht deciduous hedge [with in middle] specialty paver entry pad

[in east panel:] seating "C" w/back (typ)

3' wide bike td rail mix path

[pointing to the wider path running the length:] existing asphalt path

[at east edge Woodlawn Ave interface:] concrete paver vista terrace 9typ)


Legends along 60th

Area lighting (typ)

[along Ellis walk:] 30-38" ht evergreen entry marker

[main north-south walks bracketing central garden and aligning with n-s walks either side of skating ink:] 7' aggregate concrete path

[pointing to "purple" shaded garden area:] mixed shrub border/herbaceous gardens (typ)

[in central garden opposite center for Laws School reflecting pool] Focal point opportunity

trash receptacle (typ)

turf grass (typ)

[pointing to black mark along path and in reddish area:] seating "B" w/back (typ)

[asymmetrically centered rectangle within dark square- the pavilion:] void to garden below

pavilion with green rooftop

path lighting (typ)

[pointing to the new path along 60th, replacement for bridle path:] bike trail mix jogging/bridle path

[pointing to one of he narrow orange lines:] 42" ht deciduous hedge row


November 2007 update: U. of C. growing south campus

Hyde Park Herald, November 14, 2007. By Sam Cholke

About 120 community members, "University of Chicago (U. of C.) administrators and contractors gathered at the School of Social Service Administration at U. of C. to review progress on the university's 10 south campus construction projects Thursday night [Nov. 8].

"The contractors have been doing a real decent job," said Ald. Willie Cochran (20th).

Derrick Bailey, executive project manager of university facilities for the U. of C., said that 1,000 new parking spots would be available late this month when the new parking garage opens at the corner of 61st Street and Drexel Boulevard. The garage will be used for university employees during normal business hours but wil be available to the general public after hours and over the weekends, Bailey said. "By available, I mean free and open tot eh community after hours and on weekends," Bailey said.

Bailey said parking would be incrementally reintroduced on South 61st Street starting Nov. 15 with all parking restored by Dec. 15.

"These projects logistically are very complex, and th patience you have exhibited both in terms of dealing with the parking restrictions and also dealing with the traffic flow restrictions was and continues to be extremely useful to us as project managers," Bailey told residents. "Thank you for your patience."

The new residence hall at t he corner of South Ellis Avenue and East 61st street is on track to be completed by the fall of 2009, Bailey said. "The project is making a really strong push to get the west tower enclosed by March of next year," he said. The dormitory will include a convenience store that will be open to the public as well as university students.

Bailey said the 61st Street beautification project would begin when construction of the residence hall is completed. The university plans to plant 80 new trees and more than 200 shrubs along 61st Street, as well as installing new curbs and sidewalks. A contractor for the project said parking along 61st Street would not be adversely affected during the landscaping project and would only require the exclusion of a small portion of street parking as the work progressed incrementally along the Street.

Sonya Malunda, assistant vice president of the U. of C., said she would be working with Cochran over the coming months to address residents' concerns about street repair. Cochran said the condition of streets south of Midway Plaisance Drive has reached a point of extreme disrepair, but full-scale resurfacing cannot be done until heavy construction traffic is gone. Cochran and Malunda committed to discussing the issue with residents to find a solution.

Bailey said initial masonry work was being completed on the former Illinois Bell building, 6045 S. Kenwood Ave. The project is contracted to Powers and Sons Construction and designed by BauerLatoza Studios. "This particular building, both the engineering and the design, are being done by minority- and women-owned businesses," Bailey said. [There was assertion from Harold? Lucas that Powers is not a true minority company and that few jobs have been taken by minorities.]

Bailey said the interior renovation of the Law school is scheduled to be done by January. Also, the roof and facade renovation of the Burton-Judson Courts, 1005 East 60th St., is nearing completion.

Malunda said the Reva and David Logan Center for creative and Performing Arts, to be located at the corner of East 60th Street and South Ellis Avenue [sic!], is still in the "planning stages." A planned mixed-use building at East 61st Street and South Woodlawn Avenue is still in feasibility discussion, Malunda said.

The University has committed $71,614,626 to women- and minority-owned construction companies for all of the south campus projects. The following is a breakdown of how that money is distributed amongst the many projects:

Parking Garage $15,234,244
New residence hall $33,465,539
Law School renovation $5,892,551
Chiller Plant $5,679,099
Utility Corridor $4,983,753
Former Illinois Bell building $6359,440


May 2008 the University announced in May 2008 it will build at Dorchester in the 6000 block, where a community garden is now, -a new seminary for Chicago Theological Seminary, whose building it has bought and will remodel for a new institute (See in University Projects Update) . This is in addition to the new seminary the University will build for Meadville-Lombard School at 61st and Ellis.

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.]