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University of Illinois at Chicago

Computer Design Research and Learning Center

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s new Computer Design Research and Learning Center (CDRLC) will house the Computer and Science Department under one roof in a 135,000 SF, 5-story building. The new facility will include:

  • Auditoria and lecture halls.

  • Classrooms.

  • Dry laboratories.

  • Faculty and staff offices.

  • Student organization spaces.

  • Unique program spaces.

  • Social/collaboration spaces along with a 1,200 SF robotics lab.


VES is currently providing fire suppression and fire alarm system design documents and specifications, including full fire sprinkler and alarm system design with full-height atrium, fire pump, clean agent, and very early smoke detection alarm (VESDA).


VES designed the new facility’s fire alarm system to integrate into the existing Science and Laboratory West Fire Alarm Command Center seamlessly. One challenging task was to develop a VESDA system with sampling ports in a 70- foot high grand atrium space.


Designed for LEED Gold certification.

Project Facts


Location:  Chicago, IL

Completion:  April 2024

Size:  135,000 SF

Market:  Education

Services:  Plumbing/Fire Protection                      Engineering

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