The University of Chicago is an urban research university that is considered one of the leading institutions in the world. The University’s facilities include a campus that covers 217 acres and includes more than 100 buildings. As part of Campus and Student Life, the University’s Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) operation provides students with access to physical, mental, and social health resources. SHCS is comprised of three departments: Student Health Service, Student Counseling Service, and Health Promotion and Wellness. Historically, these departments and their services have operated independently and were housed in different locations on campus.
With the goal of taking a more holistic, integrative approach to providing health services to their students, the University sought a partner who could help them create a facility that would bring these three departments and their services together to enhance student care. Critical to their search was identifying a firm with integrated project delivery experience, to enable them to meet their aggressive project schedule and optimize their budget. The University selected Wight based on our multiple decades of proven architect-led design-build experience. The new Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Center will be located in an existing building, which will be renovated in keeping with its historic context. A new addition to the building, which will connect the Center to a historic entrance colonnade, will juxtapose elements from different eras in a cohesive, contemporary manner. The facility will incorporate principles of health and wellness, sustainability, and best practices for medical planning.