6045 S. Kenwood Building

Distinguished Building Award Submission

Holabird and Roche designed 6045 South Kenwood in 1914 as a switchgear building for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company. In 1991, the University of Chicago purchased the 90,000 SF building and it remained vacant for over a decade. Today the building houses the teaching facilities for the Toyota Technical Institute and the University's Information Technology Services. Our design vision was to keep the character of the 20th century building while incorporating state-of-the-art systems and a contemporary design.

The character of the building, with its high ceilings, fantastic views, open plan, abundant natural light, and exposed brick walls, provided an incredible framework for the design. A stunning new atrium was created by enclosing the original open light-well with a large skylight and adding two bridges that span the space.

The 38,000 SF interior for IT Services received LEED CI-gold certification, the first LEED project for the University. The interior utilizes the openness of the building while adding private offices, meeting rooms, and a café for the staff of 140.

The building is a key component in the University’s South Campus expansion; providing continuity in the surrounding neighborhood, keeping within the existing developed footprint, and establishing new parkways along the public ways.

BauerLatoza Studio
University of Chicago
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  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Matrix Engineering Corporation
  • Terra Engineering, Ltd.
Chicago, Illinois