Northwestern University: Rubloff South Atrium Expansion

Location: Chicago, IL

Owner: Northwestern University

Architect: Holabird & Root

The Rubloff South Atrium Expansion is a three-story addition which will include an improved and expanded café, a 25-seat state of the art classroom, four Library group studey rooms and 50 additional student study seats. The project scope also included renovation of the circulation and reference areas in the Pritzker Legal Reserch Center and adding heating and cooling capacity to the existing Rubloff Atrium for large special event gatherings. Construction Cost is estimated at 9.8 Million. Estimated Construction completion date is Winter of 2015.

CCJM provided Mechanical and Electrical engineering design services for the renovation and the addition of the Rubloff Building Atrium.


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Our scope included:

  • HVAC design for the atrium, café, class and meeting rooms as well as renovation of the existing HVAC systems serving the second floor of the Rubloff Building to convert from open book stacks to open office and private professors’ offices.
  • Design of a dedicated RTU serving the atrium addition and the additional ventilation for the existing atrium. (The RTU was eventually eliminated by the Owner and an existing AHU in the McCormick Building was renovated under a different contract by others to also serve the atrium areas of this project.)
  • Extensive MEPFP design of a new full service café  with warming ovens and pannini press for custom sandwiches as well as an outdoor seating area.
  • Revision of the existing main electrical switchboard to address power issues in the McCormick Building expansion.
  • New power, IT backbone, audio/visual infrastructure, lighting, advanced lighting controls and fire alarm for the café.
  • New power, IT backbone, audio/visual infrastructure, lighting, advanced lighting controls and fire alarm for the upper level open seating, classroom and study rooms.
  • New power, IT terminations, lighting, local lighting controls and fire alarm for the Rubloff Building open office area and private professors’ offices.