Johnson & Lee, Ltd.
CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
This was an interior rehabilitation of nineteen (19) Chicago
Public Schools science laboratories.
Each school has an average of six laboratories to work with. This was divided as follows: two biology laboratories, two physics and
two chemistry laboratories.
Due to the unique nature of this project, there was not formal program specification. Johnson & Lee Architects, in
association with a science specialist from the Chicago Board of Education,
surveyed each school and developed a statement of essential requirements for
each site. The scope of work was
divided and prioritized into three main categories because of budget
constraints. These are life safety,
deficiency, equipment and specialties respectively.
Life safety involved the installation of a safety center with
emergency shower in Chemistry laboratories while emergency eyewash was
installed in both Biology and Physics laboratories. The extent of equipment was the complete
overhaul of all utilities such as gas, water and electricity to comply with
all applicable standards. The
specialties were categorized as essential and non-essential items. The essential items include the replacement
of flooring material with static reduction and chemical resistance
materials. Non-essentials are
caseworks, cabinets and countertop.
Where required, modified epoxy resin that is free of vein laminations,
stratifications and impregnated with a highly chemical and heat resistant
polymerizing resin was specified for countertop. A solid hardwood oak was specified for
cabinets and caseworks.
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