Adler Planetarium Doane Observatory Renovation; Chicago, IL
Scope of Work: Design/Build major renovation and build‐out of 2000 SF in the telescope observatory building along Lake Michigan. Built in 1977, the existing observatory building houses one of the nation’s few science‐quality telescopes located in a major city. The lack of public space and the inability to open the observatory independent of the main building significantly limited how the museum served 21st‐century audiences. The renovated observatory features a gallery and lab space to support expanded visitor access and private events. It also serves as a dynamic workspace for the more than 700 teenagers the museum engages each year in hands‐on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences.
An advantageous construction plan allowed Adler to directly benefit from an increase in square footage without construction of a new building. Heavy concrete cutting of new large openings allowed access to a space that was previously part of the foundation core. A new concrete floor poured at existing grade allowed this new usable space to materialize.
As a design/ build project, Troop provided all pre-construction services which included: design and constructability reviews, scheduling, budget estimating, and value engineering. Troop performed general contracting and onsite construction supervision/quality control services. The project was delivered open book with a guaranteed maximum price.
Definable features of work:
- Specialized demolition & new openings
- Site utilities (new water & sanitary lines)
- Structural steel & temporary steel shoring
- Interior framing/drywall/acoustic Ceilings
- Overhead coiling doors
- New carpet and finishes
- New vinyl flooring and finishes
- Steel stairs/railings
- New plumbing—(water/sanitary)
- New HVAC units & ducted distribution
- New electrical distribution (power/data/fiber)
Contract Value: $900,000
Client Reference: Susan Harrison, 708.533.0602; firstname.lastname@example.org