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H&R Wins Outstanding Project Award for East-West University

Holabird & Root has received an Outstanding Project Award for outstanding educational facility design in the Fall 2015 edition of Learning by Design, the premier bi-annual guide that showcases innovative school and university design and construction projects. The East-West University Student Life Center has been recognized by Learning By Design Magazine for its architectural design and for having attributes worthy of emulation. 

Learning By Design judges commended Holabird & Root for its success in designing the East-West University Student Life Center. The peer-reviewed jury thought highly of the building design. Projects such as the East-West University Student Life Center are judged on six criteria: Innovation, Community Need, Interior Design, Sustainability, Functional Design, and 21st Century Learning. The Jury commented on the "Nicely organized plans and sections...Massing is broken down well to embrace but not overwhelm urban context." Projects that exemplify contemporary standards and contain design attributes that one might emulate in a new space design are recognized as Outstanding.  Learning By Design, published in the Spring and Fall of each year, circulates to more than 50,000 leaders and decision makers at all levels of education--from early childhood and elementary schools to career-technical, college, and university-level institutions.  (Taken from original Learning By Design press release by Mark Goodman)

The East-West University Student Life Center is a 165,000 sq.ft., mixed-use urban campus in Chicago’s South Loop. Standing at 17 stories, the campus addition is composed of two main programmatic blocks; 7 stories of academic and administrative program and 10 stories of student housing. The new construction project was undertaken to support the University’s growing student population and expanding academic programs, while addressing the pressures of providing new amenities to stay competitive with their peer institutions.

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