The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) solicited professional services teams to design an architecturally significant Center for the Arts that would serve as a gateway and bridge between UIC and the world, and as a destination for innovative arts and cultural production.
The proposed site for the Center for the Arts is at the northwest corner of Halsted and Harrison Streets (commonly known as Harrison Field) in Chicago, Illinois. The Concept Design Competition Phase will produce compelling conceptual and visual material that provokes discussion about the roles of arts, design, and architectural production in contemporary culture, represents the cutting-edge work of the Schools in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts (CADA), and signals CADA’s ambition to “become the nation’s premiere college for education in the arts, design, and architecture.”
Collins provided site/civil services for the winning team of the Concept Design Competition Phase led by Koo Architecture and OMA. Collins’ services during the Concept Design Competition Phase included:
- Site due diligence study including summary of findings including the following:
- Existing conditions
- Survey, easements, and zoning
- Environmental conditions
- Endangered species and historical surveys
- Soils conditions
- Grading and stormwater management
- Preparation of an existing conditions exhibits identifying the existing site conditions and constraints including known utility locations.
Images provided by OMA and KOO