William Eckhardt Research Center opens its doors, several PSD units move into a new space

Eckhardt Research Center - Illustration by AJSNY, HOK, James Carpenter Design Associates Inc. (JCDA)

The William Eckhardt Research Center has been a work in progress since 2010, with construction beginning summer 2012. Now, after five long years, the building will open its doors (ahead of schedule) on September 12th, 2015. The 277,000 square foot building houses innovative laboratories, offices, a cafe, and conference rooms. 

The modern, five-story glass building is home to several Division of Physical Sciences units including the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Studies, and the Dean’s Office of Physical Sciences. Additionally, the building will be home to the Institute for Molecular Engineering

The building also features highly-specialized laboratories in the basement and subbasement, including the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility.  Other state-of the art labs and collaboration spaces for faculty, graduate students, and postdocs are found throughout the building. 

We look forward to the discoveries and breakthroughs that are sure to occur there in the years to come.  The William Eckhardt Research Center is named for William “Bill” Eckhardt, SM `70, in recognition of his generous support of the Physical Sciences Division and the University.   

The William Eckhardt Research Center is located at 5640 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637.