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Chicago Theological Seminary

Chicago, Illinois

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 Area:  78,000 square feet

Site & Program: The new home for the historic Chicago Theological Seminary is on the campus of The University of Chicago.  The program includes administrative and faculty office, classrooms, meeting rooms, a chapel, a library, a reading room, and computer/learning commons within the first three floors.  The fourth floor is dedicated for the Seminary community, housing a larger chapel and a dining space for 300 people each.  This level features terraces and green roofs to reinforce a connection to the Midway Plaisance.

Design: Exterior design takes into consideration the surrounding campus context by incorporating stone as the primary exterior material, in keeping with the majority of University buildings.  Metal panels wrap the second and third floors on the west and south facades.  The LEED Gold building expresses its environmental stewardship in the form of green roofs, a bioswale at grade level, and the use of local natural materials to express and enhance the connection between the spiritual and the secular.

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