University of Illinois at Chicago Lincoln Hall

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Lincoln Hall is one of three Walter Netsch buildings that comprise the "Civil War Cluster" at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The University decided the cluster was in need of major exterior/interior renovation, to transform the buildings from deteriorating, dated concrete structures to facilities more conducive to current pedagogy emphasizing lightness and transparency.

Lincoln Hall was the second in the group to be renovated. It included a curtain wall design concept that was provided by the Design Review Committee, who approved the re-imaging and renovation of the cluster; with the intent of extending the buildings' life for another 50 years. The exterior concept successfully respects the original architectural rhythm, encapsulates the structure in a new highly efficient skin, and also provides abundant daylight harvesting and views where none had previously existed. The program also required the creation of 21st century classrooms and collaborative student spaces with supporting technology, updating the building systems and meeting current accessibility requirements.

The design effort has continued the transformation of the UIC campus aesthetic from the original "brutalism", and refined the architecture in a way that preserved the memory of Netsch while providing an environment that has received overwhelming post-occupancy approval.

Architect of record

Thomas Longhi
Design Organization, Inc.
300 W. Hubbard St., Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312-324-5526

General contractor

Robert Brack
Joseph Construction
3250 Glenwood Dyer Road
Lynwood, IL 60411, United States
Phone: 708-895-8960

Consultant 1

Greg Quinn
University of Illinois at Chicago
1140 S. Paulina St., Room 204 PSB, m/c 892
Chicago, IL 60612, United States
Phone: 312-996-3295

Consultant 2

Ryan Sprangers
1100 Warrenville Road, Suite 400W
Naperville, IL 60563, United States
Phone: 630-527-2320

Consultant 3

Gene Mojekwu
Matrix Engineering
33 W. Jackson Blvd., 4th Flr.
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312-427-0752

Consultant 4

Danielle Kowalewski
TERRA Engineering, Ltd.
225 W. Ohio, 4th Flr.
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312-467-0123


Jeff Jacobs
Design Organization
300 W. Hubbard St., Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Phone: 312-324-5500