A Home for Business

The renovation of UIC Douglas Hall provides a state-of-the-art learning environment for the College of Business Administration (CBA) in the center of the UIC campus. The project gave the college access to larger, fully equipped classrooms that features interactive, flexible learning studios designed to foster creativity and innovation amongst students.

The three-story building was originally designed as a shared multi -purpose general classroom facility in 1963 using the original concept of Walter Netsch's Brutalist design, which defined UIC's campus. The renovation consisted of a total gut and remodel of the existing poured-in-place 30,000 SF concrete structure. Barton Malow’s project scope included full Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection (MEPFP) and a new curtainwall system at the exterior to achieve thermal performance. The building provides an ultra-modern environment with, 6 learning studios, 12 breakout rooms, collaboration space for networking and student projects on each floor and a café.

Among the building's new features is the Market Training Lab that highlights and strengthens the college's relationships with the Chicago financial exchanges, as well as high-tech student work areas for team projects. It provides students with the experience of a real-world financial services setting in a learning environment.

The project was awarded LEED Gold Certification through the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC). The completion of this project positions UIC at the forefront of green architecture in Chicago and amongst peer institutions throughout the country. Sustainable features include geothermal power used for central heating and cooling, Photovoltaic power generation using solar panels, low VOC materials such as made from recycled tires and terrazzo flooring made from recycled glass and mirrors, FSC certified wood, and Recycled Rainwater.