Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson & Kimberly K. Querry Biomedical Research Center
Specialties: Site Development
Years: 2014 - 2019 (est.)
Location: Chicago, IL
Size: Phase 1 - 13 floors, Phase 2 - 15 floors
TERRA is providing full site civil engineering services including construction documents, specifications, permitting, and construction assistance for Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson & Kimberly K. Querry Biomedical Research Center (SQBRC) building in Streeterville. SQBRC is being built in two phases, with phase 1 at 13 floors and phase 2 providing 15 additional floors. The civil scope of work for the SQBRC building includes site demolition, dimensional control, grading and drainage, utilities, stormwater detention, and construction details.
TERRA designed the grading and drainage of the streetscape surrounding the building to meet the functional needs for the building occupants and surrounding community. In order to provide an ADA compliant design, Superior Street will be regraded adjacent to the project site in coordination with CDOT. The project also includes two mid-block pedestrian crossings at Superior Street that extend into the parking lane. TERRA has provided assistance to get permit approvals from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM), and the Office of Underground Coordination (OUC).
In order to meet the city’s stormwater detention requirements, a blue-green roof system will be installed. Using restricted roof drains the project is able to store stormwater on the roof between the green roof and building insulation. The roof water will be directed to either a reuse systems for the cooling tower and irrigation systems or will drain to concrete detention tanks at grade before exiting the site to the city sewer. This will be the first project in the City of Chicago and possibly the United States using this blue-green roof concept.
TERRA will provide construction services during all phases of the project to ensure all work is in accordance with the civil design, engineering, and specifications provided. The SQBRC building is anticipated to achieve LEED certification.