Updating an outdated classroom building to include collaboration spaces and natural light.

John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

The Illinois Institute of Technology planned to transform a 1960s classroom building into the flagship for the Armour College of Engineering.  A Master Plan for the entire building was prepared. The first phase, completed in 2015, includes new prototypes for Interactive Teaching and for Distinctive Education initiatives. A part of the floors and roof were removed to create a skylit atrium that serves as a collaboration space for students and professors. The building is branded with a new glass and steel canopy at the main entrance.