Originally founded as Crain Junior College in 1911, Malcolm X College, renamed and relocated in 1968, is the first of the City Colleges of Chicago. In recognition of the school’s history, growth, and importance, City Colleges of Chicago announced its intentions in 2012 to bring the school into the 21st Century to promote energy efficiency and neighborhood connectivity as part of its ‘Reinvention’ initiative.
The project features a new academic building and parking garage to replace the existing college building. The facility will support the college’s mission for health sciences education. The 550,000 sf academic building contains classrooms, faculty offices, labs, administrative areas, cafeteria, day care, conference center, and an athletics center with a gymnasium and pool. The main tower also includes a virtual hospital. The project will also construct a 400,000 sf parking garage with 1,200 parking spaces and the entire project is targeting LEED Gold certification.
Cotter is providing oversight and management assistance to the contractor and architect. Duties included monitoring schedule and cost, design reviews, permit assistance, third party utility coordination, and coordination with the existing Malcolm X College, surrounding community, and CCC.