Holabird & Root
Elmhurst College Schaible Science Center
Salas O’Brien provided multi-faceted engineering design services for Elmhurst College’s Science Center expansion renovations in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Founded in 1880, this leading design firm is committed to finding the right answers and solutions for their clients. This firm has designed some of the world’s first skyscrapers, influencing today’s design all throughout Chicago and beyond. They have recently earned the 2019 Finalist Chicago Building Congress Merit Award – Renovation & Adaptive Reuse Over $10 Million.
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.
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.
Thanks to our team’s engineering design work, these renovated spaces help improve higher education in Illinois. The expanded facility features state-of-the-art nursing simulation and skills labs, lecture halls, a greenhouse, and a rooftop observatory. In addition, these spaces are now in the process of receiving LEED certification.