Northwestern University is undergoing several major construction and renovation projects. Currently under construction is the Center for Health and Communication located in Abbot Hall, in the campus medical center. The project, which is slated for completion by July 2014, is being led by architectural firm Griskelis Young Harrell in partnership with WMA Consulting Engineers.
A second upcoming project involves a major renovation of Kresge Centennial Hall. Kresge Hall houses classrooms and departments related to the arts and humanities as well as several other departments within the College of Arts & Sciences. The building was built in 1955 and has remained largely untouched since that time.
The Kresge Hall renovation project is slated to achieve at least a LEED Silver rating, and will include demolition and expanded reconstruction of an entire wing of the building, as well as replacement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and communication systems.
The sixth, seventh, and eighth floors of the Wieboldt Hall of Continuing Studies, located at 340 E. Superior Street in Chicago, are part of another modernization project at Northwestern. Phase two of the project will focus on renovating the seventh floor of the building, which was built in 1926. This phase will add classroom capacity, and engineer classroom technology and electrical upgrades that will support the school’s distance learning project.
The Wieboldt Hall project encompasses 24,500 gross square feet (gsf) in major renovations, and roughly 5,500 gsf in minor/cosmetic renovations, for a total of 30,000 gsf of renovations on the sixth, seventh, and eighth floors. The seventh floor will be converted to classroom use, and the other floors will be used for administrative office spaces, according to the university.