Douglas Hall anchors the Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This fifty year old building had not seen any change or improvements since its construction and had inadequacies in heating and air-conditioning, lighting, and classroom space.
Mekus Tanager assisted UIC by creating a feasibility study about potential improvements to the facility with the goals of creating a dynamic image and identity for the Graduate School of Business, creating a sense of community and camaraderie for the students, and be an interactive and flexible environment that fosters creativity and innovation. The feasibility study also was to be used as a fundraising tool for construction.
To accomplish these goals, two new air handlers per floor were designed with individual room control. New perimeter insulated glazing was proposed to reduce heat loss/gain. New classrooms were designed to include state of the art amenities. Learning studios were provided for 48 to 75 students maximum. Student collaboration hubs were included on each floor, which allow for student interaction in smaller groups adjacent to the classrooms.
- Client: University of Illinois at Chicago
- Project Size: 24,000 S/F
- Services Performed: Interior Design