UI LABS – Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) -
SOM is working with UI Labs, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative, on the programming and concept design for an exciting new facility: the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). Intended to unite industry, academia, and government under one roof, the lab enables UI Labs to develop real-world solutions for tomorrow's most important economic and cultural challenges.
Located on Goose Island, the 64,000-square-foot lab features collaborative office space, visualization facilities, interactive teaching areas, and a manufacturing floor for cutting-edge industrial research, with a special focus on digital innovations. The lab occupies 64,000 square feet of a former, 285,000-square-foot factory. SOM’s design for the interior and architectural renovation emphasizes flexibility, fluidity, and information sharing. The lab opened in May 2015.