Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences

City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences Program Management

Originally founded as Crain Junior College in 1911, Malcolm X College, renamed and relocated in 1968, is the first of the City Colleges of Chicago. In recognition of the school’s history, growth, and importance, City Colleges of Chicago announced its intention in 2012 to modernize the school and to promote energy efficiency and neighborhood connectivity as part of its ‘Reinvention’ initiative.

The project features a new academic building to support the college’s mission for health sciences education support and a 1,200 car parking garage. The 550,000 sf academic building contains classrooms, faculty offices, labs, administrative areas, cafeteria, daycare, conference center, and an athletics center with a gymnasium and pool. The main tower also includes a virtual hospital.

As part of the Program Management team,  Cotter provided comprehensive project management services from conceptual design through construction completion and client move-in. This included oversight of all project controls including cost estimating, budget management, schedule reviews, and change management.


LEED Gold Certification


LEED Gold Certified

2017 Design Honor Award

Honor Award, Illinois America Society of Landscape Architects (2018)

Honor Award, Education Category, International Interior Design Association Columbus (2017)

2017, Innovation by Design Award Finalist, Fast Company

2018, Top Post-secondary Entry, American School & University, Louis I. Kahn Citation

2018, Louis I. Kahn Citation, American School & University

Honorable Mention, Learning by Design Magazine (2018)

American School & University Magazine (2018)

Chicago, Illinois



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What our clients are saying

We are always looking for ways to impact the community in a positive way. We are a community college, that’s what we do. There was a desire to ensure that we were building a building that was not only functional, but was a beacon for the community that incorporates the best practices and sustaining energy is one of those best practices.

David Sanders

Malcolm X College Interim President

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