Midwestern University Science Hall

Midwestern University Science Hall

Downers Grove, Illinois

Midwestern University

239,000 SF

• Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Plumbing Engineering
• Technology
• Commissioning
• Construction Administration

Science Hall - A Building with a Unique Purpose

The laboratory spaces include a computerized testing lab, 25 large wet labs, seven small wet labs, a dental simulation facility with interactive video instruction and associated research laboratory, osteopathic manipulative medicine skills laboratory, multi-use teaching wet laboratory with a teaching lab for 50 students, a large gross anatomy laboratory with 36 stations, and 3 large laboratories for 'dry' anatomy studies.

The project also consisted of campus infrastructure improvements. These included the expansion of the central chilled water cooling plant and re-piping of the campus underground chilled water distribution system. Campus communication network services were also routed into and out of the Science Hall utilizing existing underground network pathways.

Design Included:
• Multiple VAV air handlers
• Expansion of central chilled water central plant
• Heating water plant
• Process steam plant
• High efficiency package systems for redundant and
  dedicated loads
• Re-piping of the campus underground chilled water
  distribution system
• Hydronic snow melting system
• Lab ventilation control system with energy recovery
• Site lighting
• 640 KW/800KVA natural gas generator
• Emergency egress and general facility lighting
• Arc flash calculations
• Short circuit calculations
• Exterior and interior lighting photometric
• Fire alarm system
• Lightning protection system
• Energy management control system
• Reverse osmosis water filtration system
• Water and waste systems
• Low flow plumbing fixtures
• Fire sprinkler specification
• Compressed air and vacuum systems
• Vivarium with 14 wards
• Multiple laboratory spaces
• Data and voice network cabling
• Security intrusion and access control
• Mass notification system
• Paging and public address system
• Audio/video presentation system
• Basic project commissioning