University of Illinois at Chicago – Lecture Center F Remodeling Project

Owner: University of Illinois

Architect: Destefano & Partners


CCJM re-engineered the entire system infrastructure and integrated it with the existing distribution ductwork embedded in existing walls and floors.

CCJM provided MEP/FP engineering design for the 10,600 sq. ft. classroom renovation project at Lecture Center F. It has four large lecture halls, two classroom preparation rooms for audio-visual use, and common circulation space. The renovation included classrooms with finishes, furniture and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and technologies.

Mechanical work included new 22,500 CFM air handling unit, new heating hot water heat exchanger and pumps serving lecture centers A and F, complete replacement of all piping and ductwork in basement mechanical room and replacement of cabinet unit heaters in entry vestibules. To maintain low noise levels inside the hall, CCJM re-engineered the system without making major modifications to the ductwork. A major challenge was to connect a new VAV system to the former constant volume system with limited space inside the mechanical room.

CCJM’s scope also included new fully dimming indirect lighting for all four lecture halls and custom lighting in the central rotunda evoking the original Walter Netsch lighting scheme for the space. Electrical work included replacement of entire electrical switchboard and equipment MCCs and new lighting dimming system.