Chicago, IL

University of Chicago, David M. Rubenstein Forum

Scope/Solutions

The new Rubenstein Forum provides the University of Chicago with 90,000 sq ft of academic conference space in a modern ten-story stacked tower that stands out amid the traditional architecture of the university’s Hyde Park campus. The forum is organized by themed neighborhoods, allowing the university to host a range of activities and events. SGH consulted on the roofing and waterproofing design for the project, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the surrounding campus and Chicago skyline.

SGH collaborated with the construction manager, subcontractors, and architect to help them achieve the design intent for the building enclosure. We consulted on design of roofing and waterproofing and helped evaluate materials and systems options. We worked with the design team to help develop details for:

  • Roofing, green roofing, and terrace and below-grade waterproofing assemblies
  • Transitions between the roofing and waterproofing systems and their integration with rising wall systems, such as metal panel cladding and curtain walls
  • The metal panel wall assembly where it extends upward to form tall parapets and copings and intersects with the plaza and vegetative roof waterproofing at stepped back edges

SGH also provided construction-phase services, including reviewing shop drawings, answering questions related to transitions between roofing and waterproofing and other systems, visiting the site to observe construction progress, and helping facilitate field coordination issues.

Project Summary

completion-date

2020

Completion Date
construction-value

100M

Construction Value
building-size

97K

Project Size
certification

LEED

Certification
Solutions
New Construction
Services
Building Enclosures
Markets
Education
Client(s)
Diller Schofidio + Renfro, LLC
Specialized Capabilities
Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Peter Babaian
Peter Babaian
Building Technology Division Head, Chicago
Emily OKeefe
Emily OKeefe
Senior Project Manger