Energy Sciences Building

Lemont, Illinois / United States of America

The Energy Sciences Building at Argonne National Laboratory is the new 158,000-square-foot home for interdisciplinary scientists working at the forefront of clean energy research, aimed at advancing how the world consumes and conserves energy. This notion of "energy" is celebrated throughout the building anticipating LEED Gold certification.

Copper-anodized aluminum panels clad the exterior, referencing the existing red and brown masonry buildings on the campus. The south façade, a dynamic pattern of small punched windows, communicates the energy of activity within, while moderating solar exposure. The north façade also displays the life of the building, but takes advantage of its solar orientation with a highly transparent, low-iron glass curtain wall.

The first building on campus organized by science and not department, the interiors promote interdisciplinary collaboration and community. The spatial heart of the building is a 3-story atrium and gathering space with views to and through each of the floors, connected by a cantilevered stair. A central spine of lab blocks uses borrowed daylight filtered through surrounding bars of light-filled offices and meeting spaces, which includes outdoor terraces that communicate the collaborative spirit and energy of the building to the greater Argonne community.

Architect of record

Warren Hendrickson
33 West Monroe, Ste. 1750
Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Phone: 312-470-9501

Associate architect

Curt Finfrock
33 W. Monroe, Ste. 1750
Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Phone: 312-470-9501

General contractor

David Trolian
Clark Construction Group - Chicago
216 South Jefferson St., Ste. 502
Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Phone: 312-474-5500

Consultant 1

Patrick Hogan
Jacobs Engineering
155 North Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
Phone: 312-656-1672

Consultant 2

Martin Sterr
33 W. Monroe, Ste. 1750
Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Phone: 312-470-9501

Consultant 3

Steve Sandrock
1101 King St., Ste. 400
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Phone: 703-518-8526

Consultant 4

David Shindoll
Mackie Consultants, LLC
9575 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. 500
Rosemont, IL 60018, USA
Phone: 847-696-1400


David Burk
Hedrich Blessing
400 North Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312-491-1101