Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has been recognized by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) with a 2014 Excellence in Planning Honor Award for its work on the University of Chicago Department of Economics and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The Institute is scheduled to open this year.
The institute consists of several Gothic revival buildings constructed in the 1920s, which previously housed the Chicago Theological Seminary. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services to Ann Beha Architects for the campus expansion and adaptive reuse, which required a complete rehabilitation of the existing buildings to accommodate new and modern academic functions. The firm’s project team consisted of William Bast, Abbes Yala, Ken Maschke, Eric Wheeler, Nick Aitken and Ivan Silvestre.
Established in 1965, SCUP is the only association in the nation that focuses on the promotion, advancement and application of effective planning in higher education. Its awards program is a juried competition that recognizes excellence in planning, design and implementation efforts of firms and institutions. All 2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning awards will be presented at the SCUP Annual International Conference, taking place July 12-16 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
• The former Chicago Theological Seminary, at 5757 South University Avenue in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, was purchased by the University of Chicago to be turned into the new home for the University of Chicago Department of Economics and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.
• The project consists of the renovation and expansion of several existing buildings to accommodate contemporary offices, classrooms, seminar and conference facilities, a library, computing facilities and common areas. Special care was taken to protect delicate artwork throughout the buildings.
• The expansion includes new underground classroom space, a mechanical room underneath decorative courtyards and a state-of-the-art heating/cooling system. Each of these spaces is supported on a mat foundation and enclosed by concrete construction to redistribute forces.
• Thornton Tomasetti used several technological tools during the project, including Revit to coordinate with the design team, a detailed point cloud survey to model the new and old structures, and iPads and BIM 360 in the field to review RFIs, create sketches and produce field reports on demand.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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