Columbia's new student center opening this fall will provide students with the largest space in the college's history to collaborate across creative disciplines.
This fall, Columbia College Chicago students will have a dedicated multi-use space to collaborate across creative disciplines in a new, contemporary student center. The distinctive and innovative building will serve as a central hub for the college’s expansive urban campus in Chicago’s vibrant South Loop.
The five-story, 114,000 square-foot center reflects Columbia’s dynamic role as an incubator for creative industries, and the college’s commitment to empowering students, building community partnerships, and embracing diversity. Features include:
- Flexible, multi-purpose spaces to facilitate interaction among students of all majors and interests to reflect Columbia’s multidisciplinary and diverse student population
- Work and presentation spaces that share Columbia’s creativity with Chicago
- Game room with ping pong and pool tables
- Wellness and fitness facilities, including "Reflection Room" for meditation and prayer
- Gender neutral restrooms on every floor
- Dining and recreation spaces
- Event space that accommodates 800 people for both college and community events
Students, faculty, and staff at Columbia have long called for a student space on campus. As a result of the many collegewide “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.
Columbia selected architectural and design firm Gensler Chicago 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.