Malcolm X College Campus
A Joint Venture, which includes Clark Construction Group - Chicago, LLC, as well as McKissack & McKissack, and Old Veteran Construction, was awarded a $203 million contract to develop the Malcolm X College Campus.
This City Colleges of Chicago facility will include 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 will include an unique virtual hospital environment to better prepare students for a career in healthcare.
The Malcolm X College Campus’ 500,000 square-foot academic building will contain classrooms, teaching and computer labs, general administration space, and common areas for students to gather. The building also will feature a gymnasium, natatorium with a 25-meter pool, 250-seat theater, fitness center, library, bookstore, and a cafeteria. The basement level of the structure will house mechanical equipment and provide extra office and storage space.
The academic building, comprised of multiple three-story wings, will be connected to a nine-story health tower. Simulation labs located in the tower will provide students with a virtual hospital environment with rooms and corridors designed to resemble a hospital. Students will have the opportunity to work in the virtual space to prepare for a real hospital environment.
The CMO team will perform significant landscaping work around the campus. Sidewalks and street tree planters will be placed along the perimeter and water features, including fountains and reflecting pools, will be constructed throughout the campus. Outdoor seating, trash receptacles, bollards, and fencing will be placed around campus. The project team also will install entryway lighting and lighting to accent the buildings.
The academic building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Of the nearly 1,000 jobs that are being created through the project, 120 are dedicated to qualified applicants residing in communities surrounding the college.