University of Illinois at Chicago, Lecture Center F Renovation

Interior Architecture Award Submission

This renovation of one of Walter Netsch's original campus lecture facilities entails revised and updated classroom and teaching configurations. Finishes, furniture, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and technology for all four lecture halls and attendant public areas were also updated into a completely refreshed teaching center. Work on the 1960's building also includes HVAC upgrades and masonry repair. The project was designed to an aggressive budget for completion in the fall of 2010.

The project adds a contemporary layer of design elements that complements the bones of the original architecture rather than competing with it. Two critical areas were addressed in the upgrades - the seating configuration was changed from hard-shell tablet arm chairs to case study style seating with fixed desks. The second issue was the improvement of acoustics within the hard surface room addressed through the introduction of acoustic foam baffles.

DeStefano Partners
  • CCJM Engineers, Ltd.
  • Matrix Engineering
General contractor
Joseph Construction Company
Chicago, IL