University Hall Restoration

University Hall Restoration

Chicago, Illinois|Higher Education

Designed by legendary architect Walter Netsch, the Brutalist University Hall towers 338 feet over the University of Illinois at Chicago and the city’s West Side. Constructed in 1963, by 2015 the structure’s concrete façade and window wall system was in need of complete restoration.

Client
University of Illinois at Chicago
Size
119,148 SF
Completed
2019

The University selected RATIO to lead the exterior repair and restoration of the iconic 28-story tower. The project included concrete restoration, gallery roof replacement, and the redesign of the building’s window wall system.

Towering Heights

At 28 stories and 338 feet tall, University Hall is the most visible structure on Chicago’s west side. Completed in 1963, the structure is the centerpiece of famed Chicago architect Walter Netsch’s “Circle Campus” design for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Designed in the Brutalist style, the building features a tiered concrete skeleton stepping outward from the base, along with narrow recessed windows. The structure stands as one of the few surviving examples of brutalist architecture in Chicago.

A masterpiece of Brutalist design, and a symbol of the UIC community.