DPI’s state-of-the-art facility at The 78 will attract 2,000 national and international student scholars annually, who will work with top minds in academia and business leaders across industries on cutting-edge research and development, inspiring new technologies and businesses. The site for the new DPI is located between outdoor amenities in the Crescent Park and the vibrancy of Wells Street, mere steps from the Chicago river. The site’s unique location is the source of inspiration for the building’s distinct design. The project celebrates the gateway connecting the Crescent Park with Wells Street with a large corner opening which visually and physically extends the activity generated within the park into the building. Inside, a multi-floor atrium space acts as a public square for students to collaborate in an informal manner while cultivating a campus environment in the heart of Chicago. The social gathering space also gives students access to connected support amenities and unique rooftop spaces (both indoor and outdoor) above Wells Street, providing spectacular views of the river and the Saint Charles Air Line bridge.