Saint Xavier University - Warde Academic Building

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The laboratory science building and science renovation of the Warde Academic Building was designed as a multi-phased project that will improve the university's science facilities. A new 65,000 s.f. instructional lab building will be linked to the existing science wing of the Warde Academic Center. The ground floor will be constructed as "shell" space and the upper floors will align with existing space to facilitate student & faculty interaction and simplify future renovation. The new building will house 10 instructional labs with support spaces, student study space, a dedicated science library/technology lab, an anatomy and cadaver lab, greenhouse, and an astronomy observation deck.

The addition would free up approximately 25,000 s.f. of existing laboratory space that would be renovated into dedicated student and faculty research labs and support space, collaboration space, traditional classrooms, and student organization meeting space.

Exterior masonry and glass materials inspired by existing campus palette, but were assembled into unique and visibly bold forms to transform SXU's architectural design trajectory.



Architect of record

Walt Eckenhoff
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
700 S. Clinton St., Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60607, United States
Phone: 312-786-1204
weckenhoff@esa-inc.com