University of Chicago – Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge
The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge unites scholars from several different fields to study the history of knowledge from antiquity to the present day and to explore how differing forms of knowledge shape our modern world. As a part of providing continued higher education excellence, the Institute’s historic building located on the University of Chicago campus is undergoing a major renovation and multi-story addition.
The existing building contains 7,450 gross square feet and with the proposed addition will be re-envisioned for the Institute. When completed, the facility will function as a research laboratory and incubator for University of Chicago faculty, visiting scholars, as well as PhD students and post-doctoral scholars associated with the program. The project also includes mechanical, electrical, and ADA accessibility upgrades to the existing building.
David Mason + Associates is providing structural engineering and civil engineering services for the project. Structural design challenges associated with the project include investigation and repair of historic facade elements, full demolition of the interior of the three story floor plan, addition of a basement, plus a three floor addition on the east side of the constrained site.
Civil engineering design includes storm water management, new utility services, grading and drainage, and coordination with multiple stakeholders including UC campus facilities and the City of Chicago.