Harper Court

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The University of Chicago is the anchor tenant for Harper Court, a new retail/mixed use tower on the north side of Hyde Park, housing administrative departments in nine of the tower's twelve floors. The design champions a sense of community with a welcoming presence and visual connection to Hyde Park that starts with the entry lobby and continues through the office space. The historic context of the campus is translated into a modern language with contemporary integration of millwork elements, ashlar tile patterns that mimic slate walkways and colored glass reminiscent of the gothic stained glass windows found throughout the campus. Transparency, crisp architecture and bold colors set the tone for this collaborative work environment. Alternating open-office neighborhoods and glass-front perimeter offices provide staff with views of the Chicago skyline and access to natural light. A variety of space types offer opportunities for collaboration including a café, teaming rooms, conferencing, training and a roof terrace. 

Achieving LEED-CI Platinum certification with a cost effective budget approach required innovative planning and technical design solutions. Sustainable choices focused on system efficiencies, water reduction, use of sustainable building materials, enhanced commissioning and a 20-year commitment to the office space.

Architect of record

Charles Smith
225 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312.960.8079
Fax: 312.332.9601

Associate architect

Renauld Mitchell
Moody Nolan
209 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 820
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312-929-2516

General contractor

Kevin Mikesell
Powers & Sons Construction
2636 W. 15th Avenue
Gary, IN 46404, United States
Phone: 219-949-3100
Fax: 219-949-5906

Consultant 1

Anil Ahuja
2 North Riverside Plaza, Suite 1050
Chicago, IL 60606, United States
Phone: 312.669.0609

Consultant 2

Anne Kustner
900 Isabella Street
Evanston, IL 60201, United States
Phone: 847.475.2010
Fax: 847.475.3310


Chistopher Barrett
Christopher Barrett Photography
3305 Wisconsin Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402, United States
Phone: 708-317-5700
Fax: 708-317-5704