University of Chicago, Woodlawn Residential Commons

Chicago, IL


Elkus Manfredi Architects


Woodlawn Residential
Woodlawn Residential
Woodlawn Residential

Looking to add more on-campus housing, the University of Chicago undertook a project to add a new residence hall and dining commons to Campus South. The new, four-building complex houses approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and resident staff with access to lounges, study rooms, and outdoor spaces. SGH consulted on the building enclosure design.

Scope | Solutions

SGH assisted the design-build team led by Capstone Development, Turner Construction, and Elkus Manfredi Architects with designing the building enclosure, including waterproofing, fiber-reinforced concrete panel cladding, aluminum windows and curtain wall, and roofing. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Evaluating various materials and system options and providing guidance on the proposed design drawings

  • Helping detail building enclosure systems and components, with special focus on new/innovative systems and intersections between systems and complex conditions

  • Consulting on performance and mockup requirements for building enclosure assemblies and components

  • Visiting manufacturing and fabrication facilities for some of the facade systems to observe their production processes and QA/QC procedures

  • Assisting with the evaluation of value-engineering proposals

  • Providing construction phase services, including performing and witnessing field testing of as-built glazing systems, reviewing contractor submittals, participating in preconstruction meetings, observing ongoing work, and helping the contractor resolve field conditions

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