The University of Chicago Social Services Administration
SSA was designed by one of Chicago's most celebrated architects, Mies van der Rohe and was completed in 1965. Mies van der Rohe was noted for his unconventional use of materials. Steel girders and brick, normally restricted to the exterior of buildings, were used by Mr. van der Rohe for interior design. The huge expanses of glass are also characteristic of his work, and serve to make less of a barrier between the outside and inside of the building.
In early 2000 AVA was retained to assist the University in completing the restoration of the plaza. Significant waterproofing issues resulted and strong interface between the architect, contractor and users were required.
The University of Chicago Facilities Services
Anne Voshel - Owner’s Representative, Design Phase