Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Chicago, Illinois
University of Chicago
Start Date
November 2008
Completion Date
September 2011
Construction Cost
$114 Million
DMA Services

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is the home to the University of Chicago’s academic and extracurricular programs in cinema and media studies, creative writing, music, theater and performance studies, and the visual arts. The facility serves as a prominent landmark on the south end of campus and provides opportunities for artistic collaboration and inquiry among faculty, students, and artists.

The 11-story 184,000 square foot building includes two performance theaters, a 450-seat performance hall, a film screening room, shops for theater set construction and art making, café, and a variety of smaller performance venues, classrooms, music practice rooms, and individual artists’ studios.

David Mason & Associates provided Civil Engineering services for the Project. Our work included Design and Construction Phase services. Site work design included demolition and site preparation; site geometry; roadway / hardscape design; loading docks; vehicular and pedestrian access and circulation; grading and drainage design; and storm water management.

The Project site was located in a previously developed area of the campus that included an extensive utility infrastructure. Consequently, numerous utility relocations and adjustments were required to clear the site for the new construction. Our engineers coordinated with the campus facilities group, private and public utility agencies, and the City of Chicago to relocate and adjust numerous utilities with minimal interruption to adjacent facilities and buildings.

Our design include the use of native prairie plantings in conjunction with underground storm water infiltration systems to create “urban meadows”. Paving included an extensive use of permeable pavement materials. This sustainable design approach helped the Project achieve LEED Silver Certification. Additionally, the Project received the Engineering News Record (ENR) 2013 Midwest Best Project Award: Higher Education/Research.