The University of Chicago
Press Building
The University of Chicago Press Building houses the largest university press in the United States. It also became the first university press to feature an on-site digital printing facility.
  • Project Type
    • Building
  • Status
  • Delivery Method
    • Design-Build
  • Services
  • Location
    • Chicago, IL
  • Duration
    • 12 Months
  • Size
    • 120,000 sqft
  • Architect
    • Booth Hansen

Project Overview 

Home to the largest university press in the United States, the University of Chicago Press Building appropriately houses what French philosopher Jacques Derrida has called “a kind of luminous and indispensable reference.” The new four-story, 120,000-sqft building started with preconstruction pricing off five different exterior veneer and roof schemes, until settling on an architectural precast panel with metal mansard roof conditions. Berglund finished ahead of the 12-month construction schedule.

Built in 2000 to address the increasing spatial needs of the press, the building at 60th and Dorchester now houses all elements of the University of Chicago Press, including its books division, journals division and Chicago distribution center. The University of Chicago Press also became the first university press to feature an on-site digital printing facility with the 2001 introduction of the Chicago Digital Distribution Center and its involvement in BiblioVault.