University of Chicago, Harper Court Interior Build-Out

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 University’s nearby 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, collaborative design and construction solutions. Sustainable choices focused on reduced energy loads, basement cisterns collect rainwater, locally sourced materials made of renewable materials with low-VOC and enhanced commissioning.

Architect of Record


Associate Architect

Moody Nolan


University of Chicago

General Contractor

Powers & Sons


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