Congratulations to City Colleges of Chicago and Olive-Harvey College's Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Center! The project received a Merit Award in the Distinguished Building Category for projects larger than $5M from AIA Northeast Illinois.
Brandon Nichols, Ed.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs for Olive-Harvey College (left) accepted the award and is joined by Carol Stolt and David Yandel of FGMA.
Olive-Harvey College’s Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Center is the first of its kind in Illinois. A key component of City College of Chicago’s College to Careers initiative, the TDL Center can train up to 6,000 students each year for jobs in the region’s fastest-growing industries. The 102,000-sf facility’s exterior is sheathed in large expanses of glass that create a dynamic sense of movement throughout the building and provide an abundance of natural light to the learning spaces. The TDL learning and training spaces were developed in collaboration with CCC faculty and industry partners. They include technology-rich classrooms, automotive and diesel engine labs, simulated driving facilities, and a high-tech warehouse that will act as the City Colleges’ supply chain hub. The LEED Gold facility includes unique features including a transpired solar collector that supports a highly efficient building envelope and efficient mechanical systems that offset the amount of fresh air required for the automotive environment. The 7-acre site includes roadways and pavements that support the commercial driver’s license training facility. Site improvements include extensive rain gardens, bioswales, and permeable pavers to support best management practices for stormwater. New landscaping includes 185 new trees and thousands of native plants.