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City Colleges of Chicago

Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences

Project Description

The New Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences provides 545,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art learning and support spaces for this community college that focuses on the hands-on training of allied health professionals. Located on Chicago’s near west side and in close proximity to the Illinois Medical District, the College sits adjacent to the previous facility and provides a complete campus of buildings, all linked internally, setting the tone for future development in this neighborhood.

Project Stats


Chicago, Illinois

Year Completed


Square Footage

545,000 (main building) 1,200 (car garage)

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Design Features

Academic classrooms and teaching laboratories as well as recreation facilities, a conference center and support spaces are all organized around a student union, library and external roof garden. The facility is crowned by an eight-story tower which represents a “virtual hospital” and allows students to learn through simulated, real-world scenarios. HERA provided laboratory planning for this project and established optimal spaces within the healthcare environment for this learning process.

Moody Nolan, serving as the Architect of Record, built upon Cannon Design’s concept for this project that also includes a 1,200-car parking structure. As a major provider of training for Chicago’s health professionals, the new facility will better allow Malcolm X to prepare students for both further college and careers through their College to Careers initiative.