Harris School for Public Policy at the Keller Center

Date: Construction Complete 2018

Client: University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois

LEED Certification: LEED-NC Platinum (Target)

Living Building Challenge Certification: Petal Certification- Materials, Beauty, Equity (Target)

Farr Associates is the Architect of Record for the Keller Center, the new home for the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Starting with the 2018 academic year, Harris School will be housed in the Keller Center– a project that will transform the 1963 Edward Durrell Stone-designed New Graduate Residence Hall into a welcoming, state-of-the-art research and teaching center.

The building will showcase the work done by the Harris School. The signature space in the building is the Harris Forum: a sun-streaked, four-level atrium carved out of the existing building structure, wrapped by glass-walled classrooms and team rooms. The Forum will be the heart of Harris– home to daily collaborative problem solving and dialogue as well as world-class speakers and events. The building will also provide a new rooftop Executive Education Suite with stunning views of the Midway Plaissance.

Also, inspired by the Harris School ethos of positive social change, the building design is filled with policy-inspired design firsts. Keller Center will be the first LEED Platinum building on the University of Chicago campus and among the first buildings in high education to pursue the rigorous Petal Certification of the Living Building Challenge.