The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology is committed to interdisciplinary research and is an important contributor to key parts of Illinois Tech’s curricula and learning experience.

The Ed Kaplan Family Institute houses facilities and equipment that helps the institution fulfill it’s mission and focus of innovative learning and thinking.

Ujamaa Construction (“UJAMAA”) entered a joint venture with Power Construction for the construction and build-out of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. This is the first newly built academic building on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology in more than 40 years. The project consisted of a (2) two-story steel structure with curtain walls and Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene Façade. The building’s structural system consisted of polished concrete and exposed structural steel.

Heating and cooling were achieved through 32 miles of embedded radiant tubing in concrete slabs on all floors as well as exposed sprinkler, plumbing, mechanical and, electrical systems. The building’s façade also included metal planking and stainless-steel rain chains to help the water flow coming from the gutters as well as a ETFE enclosure system, the first of its kind in the US. These features led to LEED Gold Certification.

UJAMAA forces participated in the field management for the trades as well as a general trades package. This project was completed on schedule and within the deadlines provided by IIT’s internal team. With this project, we did not disrupt the learning at IIT. Furthermore, upon completion of the project, we improved the quality of education for current, incoming, and future students. IIT is on it’s way to becoming o a world-class institution with the construction of this building.


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