This award-winning renovation provides startups with flexible space to conduct research and grow their businesses.
Association of Licensed Architects, Award of Merit
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Adaptive Use
LCM Architects renovated the 1944 Mies van der Rohe designed Engineering Research Building, creating wet and dry lab and office space for growing companies working on world-changing concepts in life sciences, biomedical engineering, medical devices and diagnostics, material, green and clean technology, food safety, information technology, and more.
Design and planning challenges included modular space-planning to provide expansion in 1,000 sf increments. Among the project’s technical challenges were low floor-to-floor heights; structural infill to subdivide the two-story space; new MEP systems; historic restoration of windows; and coordination with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The first phase of the project consisted of a core and shell renovation, during which the base building elements and primary mechanical systems were installed. Spaces were then completed with an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act grant from the State of Illinois and the Federal Department of Economic Development.