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