ZS Solutions

Campus North Residential Commons

University of Chicago
Chicago, Ilinois


Project Type: Higher Education

Project Size: 395,000 Square Feet


ZS was retained by the University of Chicago to perform Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) for the new University of Chicago Campus North Residence Hall and Dining Commons. The scope of work included design phase services, pre-construction phase services, construction phase services, and occupancy and operation phase services.

ZS worked alongside the collective design-build team of Studio Gang Architects and Mortenson Construction selected to design and build the new 800 bed residence hall and dining commons.

Located on the north end of the University of Chicago Campus, the Residence Hall includes a 4-building complex positioned within an urban fabric of new plazas, gardens, walkways, and courtyards that form public and semi-private outdoor spaces meant for the entire neighborhood to utilize. The buildings range in height from 1-story to 14-stories, with the tallest structure offering panoramic views of the Chicago skyline.

ZS BECx Services included:

  • Review of building enclosure design and specification documents.
  • Performance testing of building enclosure components including:
    • Curtain Wall
    • Precast Units
    • Roofing and Waterproofing
    • Joint Sealants
  • Construction observation
  • Leed documentation