This project consisted of the installation of 180 solar collector panels on the roof of the Anderson Building and 96 solar panels on the Gable Building at Northern Illinois University. These panels were installed as a means of heating the swimming pool water.
With sufficient day lighting, the solar collectors are able to heat the swimming pool water without energy from the steam plant.
Ward Residence Hall, North Central College | Naperville, IL
New Addition (to former Fort Hill Dormitory)
Gage design services: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Equip.
Reference: Dr. Rada Doytcheva, LEED AP | Design Principal – Rada Architects
Background | Project Description
This project included a new 32,000 square foot addition to the existing Fort Hill Dormitory on the Naperville campus. A 2-story passage link between the buildings was also included. The 4-story addition consisted of 72 bedrooms in a suite configuration, housing 2 to 5 bedrooms per suite. Each room offered air conditioning and a variety of modern conveniences. Each floor contained a lounge area – while large multi-purpose gathering areas, kitchens and laundry facilities were designed to serve the whole building.
Challenges & Solutions | Design Engineering
A primary challenge of this project was to complete the design of the new addition as a complement to the existing residence hall, with consideration of the budget limitations. Engineering included complete MEP design, a new generator, and a new fire pump for the facility.
Wheaton College / Adams Hall Wheaton, IL
This project entailed three areas of construction; the complete interior demolition and renovation of the existing 15,640 square foot building consisting of three levels, a new 9,200 square foot addition and the construction of a new 5,250 square foot third floor addition and 2,400 square foot mezzanine addition above the existing second story. These new spaces provided offices, conference and seminar rooms, galleries, ceramic, sculpture, painting, drawing, community arts and photography studios/teaching spaces and a new computer lab. Upgrades within the building included audio visual systems, data distribution, air conditioning, fire sprinkler system, elevator and other ADA and life safety compliance upgrades.
Wheaton College / Edman Chapel Wheaton, IL
The project included a new 9,000 square-foot two-story addition which added acoustically isolated instrument practice rooms, one large full orchestra practice room, office space, public washrooms and a new loading dock. Areas of the existing building were remodeled, including the retrofitting of the entire existing building with a new fire sprinkler system adding a new elevator and other ADA upgrades.
Wheaton College / Todd Beamer Student Center - Wheaton, IL
The Beamer Center project involved the remodel of the existing Alumni Gym and Anderson Commons. The gym project involved 40,000 square feet of remodeling of the three-story facility. The lower level of the Alumni Gym became the meeting and office areas for student activities and alumni services. Acoustical treatments were necessary to keep the office spaces quiet with an active basketball court located on the floor directly above. The main floor of the gym was remodeled to allow for large banquets with proper lighting and sound reinforcement. The area incorporates a performance stage which can be viewed from both seating areas.
The lower level of Anderson Commons was completely renovated as a 30,000 square foot conversion. This area consists of a student center containing a campus post office, convenience store, student grille, kitchen areas, lounge and recreation room with all of the amenities. New air handling systems were installed to provide adequate cooling and ventilation. Chilled water for cooling and steam for heating were extensions of the existing campus distribution system. Lighting and lighting controls were selected to enhance the many different functions housed in this versatile student facility.