IIT Innovation Center

The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology is designed by John Ronan Architects.

The university building is a hybrid of campus space and building, with two deep, open-air courtyards and an upper level which cantilevers 3 − 5 m around the perimeter of the ground level. The upper level is enclosed in an ETFE mem­brane facade, which is lightweight and can dynamically vary the amount of solar energy entering the building. Radiant tubes embedded in the floor slabs provide the building’s heating and cooling system. The project earned LEED Gold certification.

The structure is organized around an orthogonal 5 × 5 m grid. The floor slabs are made up of steel beams and a composite metal deck. Steel columns and two cross-braced steel cores transfer vertical and horizontal loads into a shallow concrete foundation.

John Ronan Architects, Chicago/USA

Planning time
2014 − 2015

Construction time
2016 − 2018

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering
Facade substructure engineering
(concept design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction administration)

9,290 m²

IIT Innovation Center, Chicago/USA

Steve Hall, Chicago/USA

Education Facility Design Awards 2019 − Award of Merit
AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards 2019 − Honor Award
AIA Divine Detail Award 2019
AIA Awards 2020 − Architecture

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