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Northwestern University’s Technological Institute is one of the largest academic buildings in the world and yet they needed to expand the space to accommodate growing needs for two programs. Wings B and C feature the university’s integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC), an analytical lab and research laboratory, plus an additional three floors of associated space for the university’s Engineering Life Sciences program of Biomedical Engineering. Pepper also constructed the F-G wing, which included a 2-story cleanroom to support new equipment for interdisciplinary research and the interior buildout of an additional three floors for the Earth Planetary and Science department. Both projects leveraged Pepper’s in-house virtual construction team and are seeking LEED Silver certification.

Northwestern University
Flad Architects
Project Location
Evanston, Illinois
Complex Delivery

Our team constructed two five-story additions with mechanical penthouses for the Technological Institute Building. Wing fill and infill additions include numerous cleanrooms and interior build-outs throughout. Cleanroom is supported by a 7,537 s.f. mechanical floor which houses the handling systems.

Clean Rooms

A range of cleanroom classification levels which included; ISO 5 Class 100, ISO 6 Class 1,000, ISO 7 Class 10,000, ISO 8 class 100,000, and case and return air.

Wet Labs

Eleven wet labs were constructed over eight floors with a total covering 19,000 SF.