Ludington Building Improvements
Mechanical & Electrical
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.