The Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) at Loyola University Chicago’s Maywood campus is a new 5-story, 227,000 sf integrated research and teaching facility. CTRE resulted from a collaboration of college, Loyola University Health System and CHE-Trinity Health. CTRE consolidates programs, provides a high-quality interactive and collaborative research environment, and supports program growth. The facility encourages outreach and interaction between the health-science campus, Trinity Health Systems, and the surrounding community. The $137 million CTRE includes state-of-the-art laboratory spaces and a variety of office and collaborative environments on the upper floors. A public, accessible ground floor contains an auditorium for large lectures and public, health-related community events.
The construction took place on an active campus, bound on three sides by other facilities. Cotter’s project managers had to be creative to respond to this challenge, devising an access road that routed over a pedestrian bridge. Moving time sensitive equipment was another challenge. Active science experiments required a three-phase plan to ensure active scientific processes were not disturbed. This process ensured that scientists had access to all active research.
As Loyola’s prime consultant, Cotter is providing project management services for the construction of the CTRE. Cotter participated in the programming and oversight of the design process to ensure stakeholders’ requirements were met. The team led the procurement of lab furnishings and equipment. We also reviewed contractor schedules, reviewed and negotiated change orders, managed the commissioning process, and coordinated move-in.