University of Illinois College of Medicine, Center for Rural Health

Rockford, IL

UI Rockford, College of Medicine


GBA provided engineering services for a 57,000-square-foot addition for academic programs, plus 22,000 square feet of remodeled lab space in an existing facility. The scope included LEED consulting, energy modeling, and mechanical engineering design services.

National Center for Rural Health Professions, Design

This major addition/renovation project improved facilities for a large rural health education program, involving students from multiple health professions. Medical, pharmacy, public health, and native American health are key emphases.

  • The sustainable design incorporates a hybrid ground-source heat pump system, using 56 closed-loop geothermal wells to satisfy 80% of the building’s heating and cooling requirements.
  • High-efficiency chillers and condensing boilers handle peak cooling and heating requirements that cannot be met by the heat pump system.
  • A 450-ton cooling tower provides heat rejection for the geothermal loads and additional capacity for the existing building’s 300-ton chiller plant.
  • The control system features a Web User Interface to integrate with the UIC campus automation system.
  • The addition saves 26% on energy costs compared with ASHRAE Standard 90, earning the campus five of a possible of 10 LEED credits for energy efficiency. LEED Silver certification was achieved.

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