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Mumford Hall Conversion

Chicago, IL United States


Project Description

The Mumford Hall Conversion transforms a cloistered dormitory building and dining hall into an open, communal center for the Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training. The original dormitory rooms are replaced with open plan apartments supporting married cadets. A new elevator and accessible apartments support independent living for the disabled. The enlarged dining hall includes an audio/visual system for lectures, videoconferences, and conferences. The program also included a new central chiller plant that serves the entire campus.

An informal program encourages socialization and relationship building among the cadets and faculty. Comfortable seating areas at each entry,

elevator lobby, and laundry room encourage impromptu conversation. Lounge seating in the dining hall overlooks the quadrangle, providing cadets with a casual meeting place at the center of campus.

The modest budget requires that the quality of space is elevated by simple building elements – form, light, and color. Channel glass diffuses direct sunlight and is animated by the silhouette of people walking behind. Skylights allow shafts of daylight to punctuate the diffuse northern light. L-shaped apartment walls stop short to maximize access to daylight and have an accent color giving each unit a unique identity. Impromptu conversations are encouraged by informal seating areas at each entry, lobby, and laundry room. Lounge seating in the dining hall overlooks the quadrangle providing a casual meeting place at the campus center.

The LEED Silver project utilizes cost effective strategies such as superior insulation, air barriers, LED lighting, motion sensor lighting controls, and efficient air handlers that provide significant energy savings at a modest cost. The project has reduced energy and water consumption by 20%.

The transformation of Mumford Hall demonstrates that the thoughtful placement of light, structure, color, and program can provide an uplifting place that is environmentally sensitive and cost effective. Common materials such as steel studs, drywall, paint, and veneer are composed and animated by light and bring a sense of delight in a cost-effective manner.


Project Details

Mumford Hall Conversion
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Paul Harding, FAIA
  • Project Team: Dominic LoGalbo 
  • Project Team: Lloyd Aragon 
  • Project Team: Andrew Ivari 
  • Project Team: YaVaughn Harlston 
  • Project Team: Madeline Hartzell 
  • Structural Engineer: C.E. Anderson & Associates 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Building Engineering Systems, LLC 
  • Civil Engineer: Terra Engineering, Ltd 
  • A/V Design: Lipp A/V Design, Inc. 
  • Lighting Designer: Anne Kustner Lighting Design , Ltd 
  • Cost Consultant: Vistara Construction Services 
  • LEED Consultant: CCJM Engineers, Ltd. 
  • Color and Materials Consultant: M Square Design 

Specified Products

Lamberts Channel Glass

Model #P26-60-7 504.

The channel glass provides acoustical control while permitting diffused daylight to enter the space.

Rulon Ceiling Panel Grille

Model #PG 8-10-37D

The wood slat system provides a warm ceiling finish with good acoustic properties and easy access to the building systems above.



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