The University of Chicago is preparing to break ground on a new mixed-use parking structure at 1306 E. 61st Street. Officially dubbed the Campus South Multi-Use Facility, the four-level project will provide parking for 323 vehicles as well as a meeting room and "support space" for the school's neighboring athletic fields.
Last week, a demolition permit was issued for the site's existing field house, and crews were recently mobilized to dismantle the small single-story building at 6047 S. Kimbark Avenue. According to the university's website, Clark Construction will break ground on the new building later this year and deliver the project next spring.
Designed by Chicago-based bKL Architecture, the 51-foot-tall facility will use exterior panels with warm limestone-like colors to "integrate the structure into the surrounding academic and residential context."
The primary pedestrian and vehicular access will be located on the north side of the property to align with the university's Rubenstein Forum conference center and upcoming Study-branded hotel, which opens in October.