Their challenge

In order to accommodate their growing number of students majoring in science and other health-related fields, Elmhurst College needed to renovate and expand their Science Center. This project would help give the college’s students a more efficient learning environment as well as increase their competitive advantage over other science institutions. Elmhurst wanted a place for the college’s biology, chemistry, psychology, and nursing students to learn through hands-on labs, nursing simulation, peer-faculty interaction, and other top-notch features. In order to accomplish these goals. Holabird & Root took on the project, and they needed a trustworthy engineering partner to support the project’s success.

Our solution

Salas O’Brien provided full mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design services for the renovation of the first-floor biology and second-floor chemistry labs at Elmhurst College. Our design included new HVAC supply distribution, a laboratory exhaust system, controls, lighting, power, and low voltage systems. Our team’s design also featured a new building water heater, point of use DI systems for the sinks, vent distribution, and new systems to support lab gas, water, and waste.