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The University of Chicago William Eckhardt Research Center (WERC)


The Physical Sciences/Molecular Engineering Building (William Eckhardt Research Center) is located on a site created from the demolition of the former Research Institute and Low-Temperature Buildings located between 56th and 57th Streets on Ellis Avenue on the University of Chicago’s Campus. The laboratory is a new six-story 160,000 square foot building with high-performance laboratories, clean rooms, imaging suites, hazardous materials areas, offices, conference rooms, experimental areas, and dining facilities.

J.A. Watts, Inc. (JWI) was responsible for assisting in-field superintendents, monitoring and updating project schedules, reviewing all weekly reporting and program administration, buying out and managing trades, as well as assisting in the LEED certification process.


OwnerUniversity of Chicago

ClientWE O’Neil

MarketSpecialty Markets

Location(s)Chicago, Illinois

Project Value$170M

Services Performed

  • Construction Management
    • Site Coordination
    • Scheduling
    • LEED Certification


  1. The building is LEED Gold certified.