Utility Plants Chicago

Murphy/Jahn, Chicago, USA

Planning time
2006 — 2008

Construction time
2008 — 2009

Services rendered by Werner Sobek
structural engineering of loadbearing structures and facades(preliminary design, construction design, bidding and award)

University of Chicago, Chicago/USA

Rainer Viertlböck, Gauting/Germany

Two new utility buildings were built on campus of the University of Chicago according to plans drawn up by the architect company Murphy/Jahn; the buildings supply the different facilities of the university with compressed-air, steam and chilled water. Due to the restricted amount of space available on the campus the various technical apparatus had to be placed above one another across several storeys in the building; this placed increased demands on the planning of the structure and the facade as did the client’s desire for the technical installations to fulfil aesthetic engineering criteria.