CLIENT

Columbia College

DESCRIPTION

Ludington Building Improvements

SERVICES

Mechanical & Electrical
Fire Protection

LOCATION

Chicago, Illinois

YEAR

2014

CONSTRUCTION COST

$1.4 million

PROJECT PARTNER

Wheeler Kearns

SIZE

175,000 square feet

Updating a National Historic Landmark in Chicago

Columbia College needed an engineering partner to provide services for multiple restoration projects for the eight-story, historic Ludington Building at 1104 S. Wabash Avenue. Our team’s design work successfully met our client’s goals for this addition to their campus.

Our work supported the addition of an exterior storefront, renovation of the first floor Conaway Center and mezzanine, and miscellaneous classroom upgrades on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors. The project involved designs to replace the existing one-pipe steam distribution system with a new, two-pipe hydronic system and the existing gas-fired steam boilers with new high-efficiency hot water boilers. We also replaced the central heating plant and the first and second-floor HVAC systems. This completed building with its restored facade now expands Columbia College Chicago’s South Loop campus and accommodates more academic opportunities for the growing student population.