The 119,000-square-foot building, located at 2315 N. Kenmore Ave., features an interior staircase overlooking a dramatic four-story atrium. Light-filled bays just off the atrium on each of the four floors accommodate lounge and study areas, while a stained-glass image of St. Vincent de Paul overlooks the main entrance. The landscaped courtyard of the new building includes attached tables and chairs to provide additional gathering spots under a pergola.
Digital Commons, a computer lab located just off the main lobby on the first floor, provides students with work stations, and the entire building also offers wi-fi access. Two academic departments, English and History of Art and Architecture, are housed in the building along with faculty offices and meeting rooms.
With the building complete, Bob Janis, vice president for facility operations, says DePaul will apply for LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.