Jacobs Center Renovation and Expansion

Project Status

Construction start: TBD
Completion: TBD

Project Description & Statistics

The Jacobs Center (located at 2001 Sheridan Rd in Evanston, IL) takes up over 340,000 GSF. It consists of Andersen Hall to the south and Leverone Hall to the west and north which were initially built in 1972. In the mid-1990s, additions were built to connect Andersen and Leverone from the second to fifth floors, and to expand the sixth floor of Andersen. In 2001 a 75,000 GSF, six-story wing was added to the northeast of Andersen Hall to complete the “C” configuration of the complex. Other recent renovations include a multi-purpose atrium, and a student lounge/study area.

The current project will involve phased construction with a partially occupied building. This renovation will also provide an opportunity to normalize spaces to meet Northwestern guidelines, standardize navigation and floor layout, and finally, upgrade systems as needed to achieve at least a LEED Gold rating. The project will also include developing a sixth floor overbuild to connect and expand the sixth floor of the south wing to the building limits. When the renovation is complete, the building will be a social sciences hub and home to the Buffet Institute, the Institute for Policy Research, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the Global Engagement Studies Institute.

Project Team

Project Management

Bonnie Humphrey, Director Facilities Design & Construction
Deborah A. Burkhart, Project Manager

Architect, Engineers & Consultants

Architect: SmithGroup/JJR

Construction Manager (Advisor): Berglund Construction Company

Commissioning Agent: Grumman/Butkus Associates

General Contractor

Construction Manager (Constructor): Power Construction Company

Contact Information

All questions should be directed to:

Deborah A. Burkhart
Northwestern University
Facilities Design & Construction
2020 Ridge Avenue, Suite 200
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-467-5093