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University Technology Park at Illinois Institute of Technology Incubator South

One of the fastest-growing hubs for high-tech innovation

This award-winning renovation provides startups with flexible space to conduct research and grow their businesses.

Chicago, Illinois
Scope of Services
Interior Design

32,700 SF

Construction Type
Adaptive Reuse

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

LCM Architects renovated IIT’s Engineering Research Building to provide incubator space in the innovative University Technology Park. The renovation creates wet and dry labs and office space for growing, cutting-edge companies in many fields. Disciplines include 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 sf increments. Technical challenges included low floor-to-floor ceiling heights and structural infill to subdivide the two-story space. New MEP systems provide the necessary infrastructure to support state-of-the-art research. The project entailed historic restoration of windows and coordination with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.   

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

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