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Northwestern University Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics in Evanston, Illinois.

Northwestern University Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics

  • COMPLETION DATE
    2009

Overview

The 175,000-square-foot Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics brings together scientists for a single purpose–to improve medical treatment and human health.

Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for the design of the facility, which is composed of two four-story concrete laboratory buildings with one basement level, linked by a two-story-high structural steel office-wing bridge. The facility features an imaging center; core facilities for therapeutics, diagnostics and proteomics; wet and dry research laboratories; conference space; and offices for faculty and staff.

The project utilizes steel framing on 44 percent of the superstructure. The most prominent use of steel in Silverman Hall is the two-story office-wing bridge. The bridge houses offices mixed in with conference rooms and administrative support spaces to encourage staff interaction. In addition to the long span, the office-wing bridge cantilevers 14 feet beyond the edge of, and perpendicular to, the south Vierendeel truss. This dramatic cantilever provides faculty offices with column-free space and unobstructed views of the campus and adjacent Lake Michigan.

The facilities feature laboratories designed for Vibration Criteria A on all levels. Nuclear magnetic resonance suites designed for Vibration Criteria D are located at the ground floor and basement level.

LEED Gold, the facility applies a heat recovery system that captures heat from the exhaust air and uses it to create energy for the facility. Low-flow fume hoods are incorporated into the laboratories to reduce the facility’s energy consumption. Silverman Hall’s total recycled content represented 20 percent of project costs and use of regional materials represented 50 percent of project costs.

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