one roof - It
will be the most daring, the most exciting, and the most expensive
building ever constructed at the University of Chicago,"
says University Provost Geoffrey Stone, JD'71, of the Interdivisional
Research Building (IRB), a project approved by Chicago's trustees
in November. "If I may paraphrase John D. Rockefeller,"
continues Stone, "it will be one of the best investments
we've ever made."
$186 million structure-made possible in part by a $17.6 million
gift from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in January 2000-will
be one of the first facilities in the country to bring together
researchers from the physical and biological sciences under one
roof. The building will allow scientists to collaborate in areas-such
as nanoscience-where the two traditional areas of research overlap.
At 400,000 square feet, the structure will replace Phemister Hall,
Whitman Laboratory, and the Visual Sciences Center on the north
side of the science quadrangle.
five stories above ground and extending two stories below, the
space will include faculty and student offices, lounges, a café,
meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art modular laboratories designed
for a flexible layout. The L-shaped structure will lie between
the John Crerar Library and 57th Street and will include a second-story
atrium arching over the existing pedestrian thoroughfare that
connects 57th Street to the science quadrangle. Demolition and
excavation work begin this spring, with completion scheduled for
the summer of 2004.-C.S.
parking - Steve
Beaudoin, director of safety and parking services, greeted drivers
arriving at the new parking structure with coffee and doughnuts
instead of trumpets and ribbons. The 1,068-space building, designed
by architect Cesar Pelli and built at a cost of $23 million, quietly
opened for business January 2 on the corner of 55th Street and
Ellis Avenue after more than a year of planning and construction.
The new garage will increase parking capacity on campus by more
than 500 spots.
parking is available to staff, faculty, and students for $65 per
month, and 80 visitor spots are available for $1 per hour for
the first four hours and $2 for each additional hour. Parking
is free to the general public from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. and on weekends.
Retail space scheduled to open this fall on the first floor will
include a bowling alley, a billiards room, and a restaurant and