The project was a gut renovation and vertical expansion of an existing Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research building (SOM, 1964), to build the University’s new home for theoretical and experimental physics. Surrounded by much larger biomedical and engineering buildings, the Physics Research Center wanted to add a mature and sensitive building to the University’s North Science Quad. Designed to be LEED Silver but achieved LEED Gold, sustainable features include high-efficiency chilled beam mechanical systems, LED lighting, and green roof systems. The completed building will be a total of 68,000 square feet and will include 80 offices. The project kicked off in October of 2015 and was turned over to the University of Chicago in June of 2017. Berglund Construction took the initiative to implement lean management strategies throughout the duration of the LASR/PRC Project. This entails effectively meeting as a team during Submittal Parties and Constructability Reviews.
LOCATION 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL60637
DURATION 17 Months
SIZE 63,500 sq. ft.
DELIVERY METHOD CM at Risk
SCOPE Vertical Expansion & Renovation
ARCHITECT Perkins Eastman
PERCENTAGE OF SELF-PERFORM COST 8%