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 resulting from a collaboration of college, Loyola University Health System and CHE-Trinity Health. The purpose of the CTRE is to consolidate programs; provide a high-quality interactive and collaborative research environment; support program growth; and encourage outreach and interaction between the health-science campus, Trinity Health Systems, and the surrounding community. The $137 million facility includes state-of-the-art laboratory spaces and a variety of office and collaborative environments on the upper floors, as well as a more public, accessible ground floor with 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 campus facilities. This challenging site required creativity from Cotter’s project managers, who devised an access road that routed over a pedestrian bridge. Another challenge was moving time sensitive equipment. Active science experiments required a three-phase plan to ensure active scientific processes were not disturbed, and that scientists had access to all the materials and equipment needed for 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 incorporated into the contract documents. Cotter led the procurement of lab furnishings and equipment, ensuring proper coordination with the base building. Cotter also reviewed contractor schedules, reviewed/negotiated change orders, managed the commissioning process, and move-in coordination.