Liebman Science Center, McHenry County College
A stunning new science facility places the college’s values front and center.
Fittingly, the latest 3D-printing technology played a key role in Pepper’s latest project for McHenry County College: the Liebman Science Center. The facility will host classes for lectures and labs in biology, anatomy/physiology, chemistry, physics/engineering and earth science/meteorology. It features a minimalist design with large windows to maximize views of green space and allow natural light to flow in.
The new science center features:
During the install the connections were blind-fastened, which can be difficult. Joints were sealed with liquid flashing and special transition membranes were installed to improve compatibility. Each step in the complicated process was communicated clearly to all of the trades. The team used a 3D-printed model of each installation component — giving installers not only a 3D view on a screen, but also allowing them to see and touch the printed model. In turn, this enabled robust conversations with Quality Director Corey Zussman as we coordinated with subcontractors and architects on the building envelope details.
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