NEIU Science Building Renovation Feasibility Study

Northeastern Illinois University Feasibility Study

The Science Building at Northeastern Illinois University is home to eight different science departments. Teaching and research laboratories require upgrades to meet current standards and lecture halls and classrooms need flexibility in order to support emerging pedagogies. Office and support spaces are dark and uninviting.  

Working with laboratory planner Burt+Hill, LCM completed an in-depth study to determine how best to modernize the facility. The initial phase involved programming each of the science departments. Functional space requirements including space sizes, use, functionality and critical adjacencies were assessed. Data was collected on utilization rates and the potential for shared teaching spaces. Student population growth was evaluated by term and by year.
The completed study was developed based on the approved programming document. It addressed expansion and reconfiguration of classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories to support existing programs and to accommodate growth. Amenities including study and gathering areas and a café were included. Removal of an interior ramp system allowed introduction of an open atrium to bring daylight  inside.  New finishes and lighting were used to brighten public spaces and corridors. Building systems were evaluated and recommendations made for replacing HVAC systems to meet current standards. Lighting was reviewed for functionality and comfort as well as increased energy efficiency.

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