Sector: Educational, Specialty
Size: 1606 sq. ft.
Project: Saint Xavier University Art Studio
Location: Chicago, IL.
IMS was contacted by Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL to create a permanent building for their 3-D Art Studio. Taking the history of the campus into account, we installed an exterior facade to complement the existing university building including; split face CMU base, smooth and brick finish fiber cement board panels and metal coping. This building also includes specialized art equipment; fume hood, kiln, and dust collection system. With a vestibule entry, card reader access for security, lights controlled by occupancy sensors, large aluminum mill storefront windows to provide natural light with gray tinting for privacy, this building maintains the campus aesthetics while incorporating the needs of the client with functional and security features.
A few blocks from their main campus, SXU was renovating an existing church in a residential neighborhood on Chicago’s south side to become the school’s new Visual Arts Center. An adjacent single family home was purchased and razed to make way for the modular 3-D Art Studio. The modular building was installed on a narrow residential Chicago lot just a few feet from an occupied single family home. The modular project progressed from foundation to a complete building in just a few weeks, minimizing disruption to the neighborhood.