Rendering courtesy of HDR Architects


Fire Protection
Construction Admin


465,000 SF


Affiliated Engineers


HDR Architecture
Allison Grace Williams


RTM is providing MEP/FP engineering design for The University of Chicago’s New Engineering and Science Building (NESB) on the Hyde Park campus. The new 465,000-square-foot building will serve as the University’s main center for engineering research and teaching and will house the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering as well as new collaborative space for expanding the Chicago Quantum Exchange with researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The project will be constructed in three primary phases consisting of footings and foundations, shell and core, and fit-out. The building will be multi-story both above and below ground and will contain spaces capable of tight temperature and humidity control to support environments sensitive to both vibration and electromagnetic interference. The NESB is not intended to be a traditional science and/or engineering building. It will house an unusually diverse array of technically sophisticated laboratory and research spaces and must be flexible and highly capable of supporting current and future research needs for many decades.

In partnership with Affiliated Engineers, RTM will provide mechanical and electrical engineering design specifically for the upper-level fit-out. RTM’s plumbing scope includes design of sanitary waste/vent, storm, and domestic water systems, as well as fire protection and fire alarm design.

Construction is expected to begin at the site in 2024 and be completed in 2028.