RTM is providing MEP engineering services for a multi-phase project featuring several office and classroom buildings—four of which date back to the 1890s—located in the Southeast Quad at The University of Chicago.
The first phase included the design of emergency power and life safety and non-life safety feeds to Foster Hall, Stuart Hall, and the Social Science Research Building. Schematic design of the lighting systems was required to designate emergency lighting in the three buildings. Phase I also involved the design of a natural gas-powered 150kW generator in Green Hall. To properly size the generator, RTM performed schematic design and load calculations for emergency power in all nine buildings.
Several challenges have arisen due to the confining layout of the antiquated buildings. The upgrades require separate electrical rooms to accommodate the equipment for the emergency power systems. RTM worked closely with the project team and The University of Chicago to determine the location of the additional emergency distribution electrical rooms in all buildings. Due to space constraints found in the 116-year-old Green Hall, the generator had to be disassembled and then constructed on site in the basement.
Phase two, which is underway currently, features the design of emergency power for Beecher Hall, Green Hall, and Kelly Hall.