An Incubator for Innovation

University Technology Park at Illinois Institute of Technology Incubator South | Chicago, Illinois

An Incubator for Innovation

Chicago, Illinois
Scope of Services
Interior Design

LCM renovated the 1944 Mies van der Rohe designed Engineering Research Building, creating space for growing companies working on world-changing concepts in life sciences, biomedical engineering, medical devices and diagnostics, material, green and clean technology, food safety, information technology, and more.

LCM Architects renovated the Engineering Research Building at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The renovation consisted of providing incubator space in the innovative University Technology Park as well as creating wet and dry labs and office space for growing, cutting-edge companies in many fields. In addition, the rooms accommodate labs such as materials and life sciences, biomedical engineering, medical devices and diagnostics, clean technology, food safety, and information technology.

The original Mies van der Rohe building was constructed in 1944. Design and planning challenges included modular space planning to provide expansion in 1,000-square-foot increments. Additionally, the project entailed the historic restoration of windows and coordination with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Consequently, the technical challenges included low floor-to-floor ceiling heights and the structural infill to subdivide the two-story space. As a solution, new MEP systems provide the necessary infrastructure to support state-of-the-art research. 

The renovation was completed in two phases: the core and the shell. In the first phase, base building elements and primary mechanical systems were installed. Following was the second phase saw the completion of the facility’s spaces.


Association of Licensed Architects, Award of Merit
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Adaptive Use

Size 32,700 Square Feet 
Services Provided Architecture | Design | Interior Design | Planning | Programming
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