University of Illinois, Campus Instructional Facility
The Grainger College of Engineering wanted a new academic building to promote collaboration, offer innovative technologies, and create active learning classrooms. The design for the four-story Campus Instructional Facility also incorporates innovative technologies, such as curtain walls that use smart controls to regulate daylighting. SGH consulted on the curtain wall design.
Working with the curtain wall contractor, SGH provided structural and building science consulting services to assist them with the curtain wall design. Highlights of our work include:
- Collaborating with the curtain wall contractor, general contractor, and designers of record on the curtain wall design
- Designing the aluminum curtain wall framing along with the steel‑reinforced mullions at the double-height wall along the feature stair/stadium seating in the atrium auditorium
- Detailing connections to laterally support the curtain wall at the base building slab edge and accommodate building deflection and thermal expansion
- Performing thermal analyses of the curtain wall assembly to compare the calculated values with the specified thermal properties
Building Enclosures | Structures
Building Design | Building Science | Facades & Glazing
Key team members
Northwestern University, Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center
SGH provided construction phase monitoring services during installation of the below-grade waterproofing system at the center, which was constucted in a an area with high water table.
University of Chicago, Joe and Rika Mansueto Library
Above grade, the library appears as a glass dome that encloses a large reading room along with the library’s conservation and digitization departments. SGH consulted on the building enclosure design for the project.