location

Chicago, IL

client

University of Chicago

size

277,000SF

components

Laboratories, Dry Labs, Cleanroom, Imaging Areas

project type

HS+T: Institutional

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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WILLIAM ECKERT RESEARCH CENTER & INSTITUTE OF MOLECULAR ENGINEERING

The William Eckert Research Center at the University of Chicago is home of the new Institute of Molecular Engineering, the first Engineering School founded at the University of Chicago, The Kavli Cosmological Physics Institute, and the Enrico Fermi Institute. The new facility features state-of-the-art biological and chemical synthesis laboratories, physical sciences dry labs, photonics, optical, and advanced high performance environments for condensed matter physics and materials sciences, including a 10,000SF  NASF Nanofabrication Cleanroom. The Institute will host advanced characterization instruments, such as corrected electron beam microscopes, x-ray characterization, multi-photon interferometer microscopy, atomic force microscopes, and laser spectroscopy. Adjacent to both the Nanofab and imaging areas are high performance laboratories for optical, laser, condensed matter, high vacuum, and quantum physics.

HOK – Architect
Jeffrey Schantz – Principal and Lab Planner