University of Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
This research institution is known for asking architects to do the impossible and this project was no exception. Its Astrophysics department was creating nine separate electronics labs on three floors, and each lab would house tenants with different needs and specialized equipment. We created a detailed cross-referencing and documentation matrix to guide the complex planning process. And we designed flexible spaces with clean, white walls and ceilings, custom workbenches and storage systems. These labs could easily accommodate such equipment as a 17-foot high clean room tent with a hoist crane and a room that shielded electromagnetic radiation.