William Eckhardt Research Center

facade from Ellis

Overview

Status: Construction

The William Eckhardt Research Center design proposes a 277,000 gross square foot building with a basement and sub-basement and five above grade floors including one shell space floor. The building will house offices, conference rooms and laboratories for Division of Physical Sciences units including the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Studies, and the Enrico Fermi Institute. The building will also house the University’s new program in Molecular Engineering providing offices, conference rooms, a clean room, and specialized laboratory and imaging facilities. Three buildings currently located on the site will be demolished to make way for the new building.

Exterior work includes landscaping, paving, lighting and security and will create a new “North Science Quadrangle” in the interstitial space to the west of the building. Steam and chilled water would be provided through new direct buried lines from the existing vault west of the new West Campus Combined Utility Plant.

Project Team

  • Senior Project Manager: John Ekholm
  • Senior Project Manager: David Rift
  • Assistant Project Manager: Jennifer Fifield
  • Architect/Engineer: HOK with James Carpenter Design Associates
  • Construction Manager: W.E. O’Neil
  • Project contact: David Rift, drift@uchicago.edu

Project Updates

Past Milestones:

  • Summer 2010: Program relocation renovations began
  • Winter 2011: Completion of program relocations; start of abatement and demolition
  • Spring 2012: Demolition of on-site buildings
  • Summer 2012: Begin construction
  • Spring 2013: Complete site excavation
  • March 2014: Began curtain wall installation.
  • June 2014: Completed building enclosure.

Upcoming Milestones:

  • Winter 2015: Target for occupancy.

Photos

penthouse level

Penthouse under construction, May 2014.

facade

Building enclosure nearing completion, May 2014.

curtain wall construction

Progress of curtain wall installation, April 2014.

Glass panels

Installation of the curtain wall underway, March 2014.

View from Mansuetto

Concrete structural frame is complete, March 2014.

pipes

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation.

Exterior

Construction progress as of February 2014.

Northwest Aerial - William Eckhardt Research Center

corner view facade

View from the corner of Ellis Avenue and 56th Street.

facade

View from 56th Street.

South View at Ellis - William Eckhardt Research Center

Science Quad - William Eckhardt Research Center

Rebar

Preparation for concrete pour

Crane

Crane used for erection of above ground structure

Construction site

View of lower level construction

Construction site

Overview of floors below grade