Coming to Columbia College Chicago in 2019
For the first time in Columbia College Chicago’s 127-year history, students will have a dedicated, multi-use space to collaborate across creative disciplines in a new, contemporary student center. Slated to open in early 2019, the distinctive and innovative building will serve as a central hub for the college’s expansive urban campus in Chicago’s vibrant South Loop.
Students, faculty, and staff at Columbia have long called for a student space on campus. As a result of the many, college-wide “Dream Out Loud” input sessions held in 2015, the new student center captures the collective vision of the college community to meet the specialized and practical needs of its students.
"As student leader at Columbia, I am excited about the student center and the new opportunities it will provide our students! Students will have a central location to form a stronger community of creators."
Malik Woolfork, President, Student Government Association
The five-story, 114,000 square-foot center also reflects Columbia’s dynamic role as an incubator for creative industries, and reflects the college’s commitment to empowering students, building community partnerships, and embracing diversity. Features include:
- Flexible, multi-purpose spaces to facilitate informal and formal interaction among students of all majors and interests, reflecting Columbia’s multi-disciplinary and diverse student population
- Rehearsal studios with soundproofing, art studios, analog and digital maker labs
- Work and presentation spaces that share Columbia’s creativity with Chicago
- Wellness and fitness facilities to nurture body and mind
- Dining and recreation spaces
- An event space that accommodates 800 people for both college and community events
"I am thrilled about our new Student Center! Columbia will benefit from a central hub where commuter and residential students alike can meet, collaborate, and hang out together outside of the classroom or residence halls. I believe it will improve the student experience by making students feel more connected to the campus and to one another.”
Nick Shinners, Chairperson, Student Organization Council
Columbia selected architectural and design firm Gensler to lead the design and development of the student center. Over the last two decades, Gensler has worked on more than one hundred projects at Columbia and is currently in the final stages of design and programming for the new student center. The groundbreaking of the center is scheduled for Fall 2017.