The William Eckhardt Research Center is a 277,000 gross square foot building with a basement, sub-basement and five above grade floors. The building houses offices, conference rooms and laboratories for the Division of Physical Sciences and the Institute of Molecular Engineering. The specific Physical Science Units include Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. The building also houses the Pritzker Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility.
The North Science Quadrangle has been created in the space to the west of the building featuring boulders, unique vegetation, and winding paver paths.
- Senior Project Manager: John Ekholm
- Assistant Project Manager: Jennifer Fifield
- Architect/Engineer: HOK with James Carpenter Design Associates
- Construction Manager: W.E. O’Neil
- Project contact: John Ekholm
- 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.
- Winter 2015: Target for occupancy.
- October 2015: Building dedication for William Eckhardt.