College of DuPage, Science Lab Renovations

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Wight & Company

  • CLIENT

    College of DuPage

  • AREA

    8,500 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $2,100,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    5/1999

The College of DuPage science labs renovation project was a sole-source design-build project that provided the college with state-of-the-art organic- chemistry labs, an anatomy and physiology lab, and a cadaver lab. Forming the new science instructional core for the college, this suite of labs was constructed by renovating a third-floor quadrant in the existing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMWight & Company; Earl Walls AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$247.05FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation center.

The design challenge was to convert four standard 1,200-square-foot classrooms into service-intensive science labs. The solution incorporated the extra square footage of an underused corridor into the organic-chemistry labs in order to accommodate 18 student fume hoods and a double-sided dispensing hood.

The lab HVAC system was designed to operate independently from the existing building’s ventilation system in order to eliminate any environmental contamination in the surrounding classroom. Each lab has a separate high-velocity exhaust fan and a corresponding supply rooftop unit. The project used a supply-air plenum with adjustable diffusers to compensate for a tight ceiling cavity.

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