Transforming a former grocery store space into a collaborative learning environment.

Motorola Innovation Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) selected Wight & Company to design a facility for their Interdisciplinary Product Development (IDP) program. Together with the client and the Rise Group, we developed a plan that enabled the reuse of much of the existing equipment and architecture. In this new environment, UIC students face real business challenges as they work with UIC faculty and Motorola researchers. The Innovation Center’s open floor plan, playful design, and flexible seating configuration encourages the free flow of information between project teams and fosters creativity and collaboration during all phases of research and design.