IIT Smart Grid Technical Center

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

This project renovates an existing research space into a demonstration and training center for Smart Grid technology, a “green” electrical energy initiative that employs digital technology to distribute electricity as efficiently and economically as possible.  Dark corridors with cinder block-lined walls of the former laboratory building are replaced with glazed partitions to allow daylight to penetrate deep into the floor plate, reducing the energy demand for lighting and at the same time opening up views to the campus and city. 

 

Visitors step off the elevator into a lobby space of mirrored/tinted glass leading to demonstration rooms where Smart Grid technology is explained.  Electrical risers and in-wall conduit are exposed between the layers of red-tinted glass to uncover and celebrate the means of electrical distribution to the floor.  A wall of video monitors leads to the classrooms where people train for careers related to clean energy technology. 

 

Electrical usage monitoring is integrated into the architecture to make building occupants aware of the energy they are using (and saving).  Perimeter offices are bounded by floor-to-ceiling glass window walls to bring abundant daylight into the public corridor.  State-of-the-art window coatings are added to the building’s windows to improve thermal performance.



Architect of Record

John Ronan Architects

Contractor

Illinois Institute of Technology

General Contractor

Bulley & Andrews, LLC

Consultants

  • Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC
  • Grumman/Butkus Associates
  • Threshold Acoustics LLC