Northwestern University
Project Name:
The Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Start/Scheduled Date of Completion Date:
May 2004 - December 2006
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ExteriorAs the electrical subcontractor under Turner Construction, BEI provided all of the wiring and electrical equipment for this $30 million, 84,000 sf, six-story facility. This included lighting, switchgear, ductbanks, mechanical equipment wiring, fire alarms, a dimming system, a generator, and voice/data. 

The building houses a centralized student machine shop, rapid prototyping facilities, biomedical/chemical engineering labs, studio classrooms, design fabrication and assembly spaces, a lecture hall, project display areas, and a lounge/study space. It is home to the following:

  • Segal Design Institute
  • Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Program
  • Master of Product Design and Development Management (MPD2) Program
  • MMM Program

This facility was the first Northwestern University building to achieve Silver-level certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. It incorporates several sustainable design techniques including the use of natural daylight in 75% of the building's interior spaces, mechanized sunshades with solar tracking on the fades, and a raised floor air displacement system reduces cooling loads.

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