Their challenge

The Theatre School at DePaul University is a sleek, five-story building located at the West end of DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus. The Theatre School functions as a conservatory for theatrical disciplines as well as a public performance venue, with two sizable theatre spaces (250-seat and 100-seat) and rehearsal studios, lightings labs, classrooms, costume, makeup, and prop shops, and more. The building was designed by Pelli Clark Pelli Architects, and the client engaged Salas O’Brien to provide engineering and technology design support for this complex project.

Our solution

Salas O’Brien provided design and coordination of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems as well as IT for this cutting-edge, 168,000-square-foot structure. Our designs accommodated the university’s aim to reduce energy consumption, which involved the use of fritted glass throughout, green roof areas, and daylighting for offices, design studios, and classrooms.