Named in honor of IIT’s president from 1952-1973, and made possible with support provided by Caryl Pucci Rettaliata, The John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center will house unique educational spaces for students’ hand-on exploration and innovation, ensuring that it will be the “heart and home” of IIT’s Armour College of Engineering for decades to come.
It has been an exciting summer of planning for the new engineering center. The architects (Lohan and Anderson), who won the commission for this project, are engaged in the creation of a comprehensive master plan for the entire building—and the design of the most critical portions is currently underway.
Planned work includes:
- an architectural transformation to create innovative teaching and undergraduate lab areas at the north end of the first floor;
- teaching and research space in the basement core;
- donor recognition in the South Lobby area;
- modernization of classrooms in various locations throughout the building; and
- partial renovation of the building’s infrastructure.
Pepper Construction is the construction management company selected for this project. Early-stage renovation of key infrastructure has begun with an overhaul of the central air-conditioning chillers. Improvements to the building’s exterior appearance started on September 16, 2013. Extensive work planned for the interior of the building in Phase 1 of the transformation is scheduled to begin this winter and is expected to be completed for the start of our 2014-2015 academic year. The master plan being developed charts an integrated vision for future phases of renovation, which can be completed as additional funds are raised.
We are using sustainable approaches and leading-edge technology throughout the project. A newly created atrium will open up space in the north end, which will serve as a collaborative, multiple-use area for engineering students and faculty. Extending from the first floor all the way through to the second floor roof skylights, it will also allow natural light to reach into the building’s core.
The work accomplished over the next year will not only help preserve the historic legacy of our campus, but will carry our reputation of engineering excellence well into the future. As the preliminary renderings show, the project will create an exciting, collaborative, and highly effective environment for learning and discovery that will provide a fitting tribute to honor the lasting positive impact of John T. Rettaliata on the university.
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Information presented at the 9/16/2013 Armour General Faculty Meeting:
Design Committee Meeting Minutes
Student Forum Minutes