Chicago’s first private business college had outgrown its southwest suburban campus in Hickory Hills and acquired a new 88,000 square-foot building (formerly a department store) in Bridgeview. Plans called for a 200-seat auditorium, 13 computer labs, 15 lecture halls, a medical lab and clinic classrooms, a library, bookstore, learning center for tutoring and student/teacher meetings, administrative and alumni offices and student counseling offices.
The entire space had to be demolished and renovated in four months – in time for the new fall semester.
Working with Partners In Design Architects, a detailed construction schedule was devised, encompassing seven days a week, often with double crews. To keep tradesmen from tripping over each other, the space was divided into four quadrants, which allowed multiple trades to work at the same time.
Not only did classes start the first week of September as scheduled, the new campus allowed Northwestern Business College, celebrating its 101st year, to double its enrollment – from an estimated 450 students at the old campus to 900 in the new.