Malcolm X College Campus
Clark Construction, with joint venture partners McKissack & McKissack and Old Veteran Construction, led construction efforts on the Malcolm X College Campus project in Chicago, Illinois.
This City Colleges of Chicago facility includes academic buildings, a 1,500-space, stand-alone parking garage, campus landscaping, and exterior treatments to accommodate student activity. Located in the city’s Medical District, the campus also includes a unique virtual hospital environment to better prepare students for a career in healthcare.
The Malcolm X College Campus’ 500,000 square-foot academic building contains classrooms, teaching and computer labs, general administration space, and common areas for students to gather. The building also features a gymnasium, natatorium with a 25-meter pool, 250-seat theater, fitness center, library, bookstore, and a cafeteria. The basement level of the structure houses mechanical equipment and provide extra office and storage space.
The academic building, comprised of multiple three-story wings, is connected to a nine-story health tower. Simulation labs located in the tower provide students with a virtual hospital environment with rooms and corridors designed to resemble a hospital. Students have the opportunity to work in the virtual space to prepare for a real hospital environment.
The CMO team performed significant landscaping work around the campus. Sidewalks and street tree planters are placed along the perimeter and water features, including fountains and reflecting pools, are constructed throughout the campus. Outdoor seating, trash receptacles, bollards, and fencing are placed around campus. The project team also installed entryway lighting and lighting to accent the buildings.
The academic building achieved LEED Silver certification.