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Fabrication Facility

10th Floor, 623 S. Wabash Ave.,

A+D’s Fabrication Facility provides students the opportunity to develop a full range of skills within their concentration so they can take an idea from a concept stage into a three-dimensional form.

The shop has capabilities for woodworking, metals, foams, and plastics.

Our facility combines a traditional shop with more contemporary equipment. Equipment includes: table saws, band saws, scroll saws, sanders, jointers, planers, drill presses, milling machines, wood lathes, punch presses, metal rollers, brakes, step shears, nibblers, vacuum formers, CNC mill, frame saw, panel saw, laser cutters, etc

Several full-time staff members with a wide range of expertise manage the Shop.

       Ceramics (more info...)

10th Floor, 623 S. Wabash Ave.,

The Ceramics Studio at Columbia College is utilized by many disciplines throughout the department. Students are able to explore hand-building techniques, throw on one of our five wheels, learn slip casting, glaze, and eventually fire their pieces in one of our two computerized kilns.

       Metals (more info...)

10th Floor, 623 S. Wabash Ave.,

Columbia College’s Metals Studio provides A+D students with the opportunity to explore light metal fabrication techniques through the use of specialized hand forming tools, stationary metal tools, and acetylene soldering. Courses offered in the area include multiple levels of jewelry making, enameling and patina workshops, and a Light Metals Sculpture class. A variety of tools are available including enameling kilns, forming hammers and stakes, breaks and shears, and a plethora of jewelry tools.

Access to the Fabrication Facility (more info...)

Who Can use the Fabrication Facility and When?

The A+D Fabrication Facilitiy is a place where users will operate potentially hazardous equipment. For safety and liability reasons, shop users must be current faculty, staff, or enrolled students at Columbia College Chicago within the Art and Design Department. Furthermore, all users must present a valid Columbia College ID card when using shop resources. Those who have attended a shop authorization from the Fabrication Facility Technicians can work with appropriate shop equipment based on authorization level during normal shop operating hours once presenting the CCC ID; students must be registered for classes during that semester to use the shop.

Fabrication Facility Authorization (more info...)

Fabrication Facility Authorization

All students, staff, and faculty within the A+D Department interested in working in the Fabrication Facility must attend the appropriate facility authorization from the proper Shop Personnel.Non-A+D students, staff, and faculty are not eligible to use the facilities nor attend a demonstration. This authorization will provide you with facility access/privileges for two years time. To renew your privileges you must attend another authorization. Authorizations are given during the second week of the fall and spring semesters and on the equivalent “second week” in summer and J-term sessions. In addition to the “Authorization Week” system, each of the three authorization levels is conducted at least once a month throughout the calendar year. You must complete the authorization in the proper order; completion of the corresponding demonstration is a prerequisite for your attendance to the next authorization.

Operation Hours•FALL  2014

8:30 AM-10:00 PM
8:30 AM-10:00 PM
8:30 AM-10:00 PM
8:30 AM-05:30 PM 
9:00 AM-05:00 PM
FALL 2014 • start / end 
(September 2, 2014 -
December 13, 2014)

Closed for Thanksgiving Break
November 27 - November 30

For More Information:

Chris Kerr,
Director of Facilities
623 S. Wabash Ave.,10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

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