A rendering of UChicago’s newest undergraduate residential commons. (Illustration courtesy Studio Gang Architects)
Hard hat tour: Campus North Residential Commons
No hard hat required.
On 55th Street and University Avenue—the former site of Pierce Tower, RIP—Campus North Residential Commons is coming along nicely. Designed by Jeanne Gang, the building will be home to 800 undergrads next fall.
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Each of the Campus North Residential Commons buildings has a unique configuration. (Buildings are shown next to each other for height comparison. See model below for how the buildings will be arranged.) The resident masters’ apartment is in Building A. Building B is the dining commons. Building C features a music practice room and a classroom. The buildings are connected by raised courtyards.

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As this model shows, the new residence hall stands north of Henry Crown Field House (top right). The shortest building, the dining commons, has a green roof.

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The tallest of the four buildings, which runs along 55th Street, is 15 stories.

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Curving slabs of concrete, three stories high, are cast off site and then welded to the building. Each slab weighs seven tons.

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Hard hats, safety vests (with the motto “zero injuries” on the back), and sturdy shoes are required to enter the site.

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Campus North will include eight houses, with 100 students each. Each house is three stories, connected by a three-story lounge.

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Two hundred construction workers were employed at the site when the school year began. About 350 will work on it altogether. Ten percent of the workers are women.

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Looking north from the 15th floor, you get a view of downtown.

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Looking south, a view of the curved dining commons from the 15th floor.

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When complete, the building will include a restaurant and other businesses along 55th Street.

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Campus North is scheduled to welcome its first College students in the fall 2016.


A fly-through tour of Campus North Residential Commons.