Utility Plants Chicago

Two new utility buildings were built on the campus of the University of Chicago according to the plans of the architectural firm Murphy/Jahn. They supply the university’s various facilities with compressed air, steam and cold water. Werner Sobek was responsible for the structural engineering and special constructions in steel, glass and metal.

Supply Building with High Aesthetic Standards

Due to the cramped conditions on the campus, the various technical apparatus had to be arranged on top of each other over several floors in one building. This fact placed increased demands on the planning of the building and the facade. And last but not least, the client’s wish that the technical equipment should also meet aesthetic engineering criteria.

Murphy/Jahn, Chicago/USA

Planning time
2006 − 2008

Construction time
2008 − 2009

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering (WP 1 − 6 acc. to § 64 HOAI)
Facade engineering

University of Chicago, Chicago/USA

Rainer Viertlböck, Gauting/Germany

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