GYH developed a planning scheme for The John Marshall Law School, now UIC Law, to relocate the school’s main entrance from Plymouth Court, a narrow isolated street, to State Street, one of Chicago’s prominent thoroughfares. The school’s Student Commons was moved from the second floor to the ground floor replacing a vacated retail space to create a vibrant university presence at street level.
The design provides an open environment with strong visual connections to the outside, while implementing secure access to the building’s interior spaces.
A new grand staircase promotes pedestrian access to the lower level and 2nd floor spaces, relieving vertical circulation congestion in other areas of the building.
Photos by Ballogg Photography.