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LEED Gold for Natural History Building

The historic Natural History Building on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council following a four-year renovation designed by LCM. Using a number of sustainable strategies, LCM’s design focuses on energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and preservation of the …

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EnterpriseWorks Chicago, Health Technology Innovation

Construction Type        Renovation Size              9,000 sf EnterpriseWorks Chicago is an incubator space aimed at validating ideas, converting innovation into products, and accelerating venture readiness. Its lead initiative, HTI, focuses on Health, Technology, and Innovation in collaborative spaces shared by scientists, engineers, investors, and industry experts. HTI envisioned …

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Illinois Institute of Technology Robert A. Pritzker Science Center

Size: 124,000 sf Construction Type: Renovation The 1966, Miesian-style Myron Goldsmith building housing IIT’s College of Science and Letters is undergoing renovation to provide spaces and tools that support the school’s reputation for innovation, creative science, and cutting edge teaching. LCM’s approach for the programming, master planning, and design of the renovation is to create …

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Architectural Metals Trainee School – Education Center

Size 9,600 SF Construction Type Renovation and New Architectural and Ornamental Ironworkers Local 63 represents skilled craftsmen who perform field fabrication and installation of metal components. LCM is expanding and renovating the headquarters to showcase its members’ products and expand meeting and training spaces. The design reconfigures the building to accommodate additional classrooms, toilet rooms, and a …

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Freedom Transit Intermodal Facility

Size 5,300 sf Construction Type New Freedom Transit is part of statewide initiative to reduce costs, eliminate redundancies, improve services, and operate more efficiently.  After studying the feasibility of redeveloping city-owned land to make way for a headquarters and transit hub for Freedom Transit, LCM designed a new municipal building on the site. The new …

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Restoring a Grand Staircase

THIS ARTICLE IS ADAPTED FROM THE SEPT/OCT 2018 ISSUE OF RETROFIT MAGAZINE.  History Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Natural History Building has undergone three building additions since it was built in 1894. The additions created a complex of distinct structural systems and fragmented spaces. Driven by a need to stabilize the structure, there was an opportunity …

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Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education

Size 32,000 SF Construction Type New Special Recognition Chicago Tribune, feature Military Advance Education, feature Falcons Landing Military Life Plan Community Blog, feature College Planning & Management, feature Student Housing Business, feature The University embraced a universal design approach in developing an innovative program and facility that integrates veterans with disabilities into academic and civilian …

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What Facility & User Groups Need to Know About Planning Active Learning Classrooms

Having designed many active and collaborative learning classrooms that support peer-to-peer concepts, we have learned more than a few lessons at LCM Architects. As we continue to collect post occupancy surveys and gain valuable feedback, we expect to learn even more. The first of this two part article will focus on the facility and user …

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Access Living

Size 35,000 SF Special Recognition American Institute of Architects, Sustainable Design Honor Award, Chicago Association of Licensed Architects, Silver Award Friends of Downtown, Trend Setter Award Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington, D.C., Barrier Free America Award Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, Architectural Excellence in Community Design A non-profit advocacy and social services group, Access Living …

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The University of Chicago Student Housing

Construction Type Renovation LCM evaluated residential buildings, ranging from 3-story apartment buildings to 80-unit buildings that were originally hotels, to determine where it would be feasible to provide accessible units of a variety of types and locations around campus. We designed the necessary alterations and provided oversight during construction of 39 apartment units in six …

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