University of Chicago’s William Eckhardt Research Center (WERC)

United States Alliance Fire Protection recently completed the fire protection work at the University of Chicago’s William Eckhardt Research Center (WERC). The 277,000 square foot building joins the university’s first molecular engineering program and its Nobel Prize winning physical sciences research groups with state-of-the-art laboratories, offices, conference rooms and one hundred fifty seat conference facility. Sustainability was integrated into the building to support the center’s mission to drive the research and development of renewable and environmental resources. The facility is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.

“Our team designed every aspect of the Eckhardt Research Center to foster the type of interdisciplinary collaboration required to generate scientific breakthroughs.” said Mickey Collins, HOK Architecture Project Manager.

In keeping with those lofty expectations, the fire pump, six standpipes, and more than two thousand sprinklers throughout 12 systems were all engineered and coordinated by Matt Johnson with BIM 3D technology to ensure an ultra-efficient installation through a maze of ductwork and specialty piping.


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