Seaton Computing Center

Glen Ellyn, Illinois / United States of America

The Seaton Computing Center (SCC) at College of DuPage (COD) had been described as 'foreboding, bunker-like, and dark.' Naturally, the designers commissioned to renovate the SRC perceived this former description of the facility as a lure toward a unique challenge: create a modern, inviting instructional facility that would convey a celebratory, high-tech image, while offering healthy space for collaboration and growth. Ultimately, the project would become the most impactful and transformative renewal on COD's campus to-date.

Located on a highly-visible site with natural linkage to multiple campus facilities, the transformed SCC now features a dramatic, light-filled entry atrium that serves as a grand entrance and organizational element, while enhancing interior flexibility. The result is a multi-use, open and flexible interior space free of the former dead-end corridors, lack of natural light, and bunker-like qualities.

The newly-flexible SCC interior embraces five laboratory categories including: end-user computing, visual simulation, networking, server internetworking, and software web development. The new environment provides students with a dynamic collection of open work areas, study areas and gaming spaces to promote student engagement and collaboration.



Architect of record

Michael Lubbers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Wight & Company
211 North Clinton Street, 300N
Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Phone: 312-261-5700
mlubbers@wightco.com

General contractor

Mary Ann Lukowicz
Power Construction Company, LLC
2360 Palmer Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173, USA
Phone: 847-214-6317
mlukowicz@pcec.net

Consultant 1

Jason Gerke
Graef
One Honey Creek, Corporate Center, 125 South 84th Street, Suite 401
Milwaukee, WI 53214, USA
Phone: 414-259-1500
jason.gerke@graef-usa.com

Consultant 2

Jason Gerke
Graef
One Honey Creek, Corporate Center, 125 South 84th Street, Suite 401
Milwaukee, WI 53214, USA
Phone: 414-259-1500
jason.gerke@graef-usa.com

Consultant 3

George Schober
V3 Companies
7325 Janes Avenue
Woodridge, IL 60517, USA
Phone: 630-724-9200
gschober@v3co.com

Consultant 4

Carla Burkhart
Herricane Graphics
1275 Roosevelt Road
West Chicago, IL 60185, USA
Phone: 630-293-8030
cburkhart@herricanegraphics.com

Photographer

George Lambros
Lambros Photography, Inc.
2207 West Walton
Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Phone: 773-342-3500
george@lambrosphoto.com