Keller Center, The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy

Chicago, IL

The Keller Center is an environment purposely designed to facilitate dialogue, rigorous research and analysis, interdisciplinary investigation, and passionate problem-solving. The space allows for collaboration and includes an adjoining caf , eight classrooms, clusters of quiet study rooms, an atrium wrapped with faculty offices and a rooftop executive education center. The lighting design was created to bring warmth into the human centric space, to be functional, economical, and to seamlessly integrate into the simple materials of a hard-working loft space with whitewashed concrete, fritted glass walls, and honed concrete floors. Inspired by the Harris School’s mission of positive social change, the renovation plan achieved LEED Platinum Certification having already achieved a 46% energy reduction over LEED baseline and Petal Certification in the Living Building Challenge framework.

Project Details

Architects:
Farr & Associates
Woodhouse Tinucci

Certification:
LEED Platinum
Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, 46% Energy Reduction over LEED baselinep

Awards:
2020 IALD Award of Excellence
2020 AIA COTE Top Ten Award Winner
2019 ULI Chicago Vision Award
2019 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
2019 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award
2019 AIA Chicago Small Projects Award (Keller Stair)
2019 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design – Building Renovation Civic Winner
2019 Building Design+Construction Magazine – Reconstruction Silver Award

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