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UChicago’s Woodlawn Student Residences and Dining Commons artfully achieves the University’s programmatic needs, while making meaningful connections with the adjacent historic neighborhood and existing campus architecture. | © Brad Feinknopf

University of Chicago Woodlawn Residential and Dining Commons

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Educational Buildings
Firm LocationBoston, United States
CompanyElkus Manfredi Architects
Lead ArchitectJohn H. Martin, FAIA, LEED AP
Design Team• General Contractor: Turner Construction Company • Developer: Capstone Development Partners • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti • Landscape Architects: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects • MEP Engineer: Prima Engineers, Ltd.
ClientUniversity of Chicago

The Woodlawn Residential and Dining Commons sits on a compact site at the southern edge of the campus abutting a historic neighborhood. Embracing the University of Chicago’s pedagogical House concept that promotes community and intellectual exchange within tightly knit cohorts of undergraduates, the Commons consists of three six-story and one fifteen-story residential wings set on a common single-story amenities level. The efficient plan supports eleven houses comprised of three stacked 40-person floorplates all connected by a three-story common lounge – a physical and metaphorical connector.