Salas O’Brien provided engineering consulting services for the phased renovation of Northwestern University’s historic 1926 Wieboldt Hall.
Ranked as one of the top schools in the nation, Northwestern University is a private educational institution comprised of a dozen school and colleges, including the renowned Kellogg School of Management and the Pritzker School of Law. The university was established over a century ago in Evanston, Illinois, and today it is a vibrant contributor to the intellectual and cultural life of the greater Chicago area.
Northwestern’s 20-acre, lakefront Chicago campus is home to the university’s management, law, and medical schools and the School of Continuing Studies. Among the first structures built on the downtown campus in 1926 was Wieboldt Hall, a home for the School of Commerce funded by William and Anna Wieboldt, German immigrants and self-made retail magnates whose son went on to oversee construction on over a thousand structures across the city, including Shedd Aquarium. In 2008 the historic Wieboldt Hall underwent a major renovation, and the university needed a trustworthy engineering partner to ensure the project’s success.
Salas O’Brien served as the engineering consultant for a phased renovation of the hall. The project included design for new infrastructure throughout the building to support the renovations. Our team enabled the replacement of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems with updated, efficient systems for new, state-of-the-art classrooms and collaboration spaces.
The finished hall boasts multiples sustainable features such as energy efficient fluorescent lighting fixtures (with programmable dimming and low voltage controls) and fixtures that reduce water consumption and waste. With the help of our team, the Wieboldt Hall project earned a LEED Gold rating under the Commercial Interiors program.