The Northern Illinois University project, located in DeKalb, Illinois, consisted of (2) 500 bed freshmen residential towers. Both of these towers are full precast structures including load bearing architectural walls complete with thin set brick and an architectural concrete mix. The exterior wall panels included gable sections complete with faux limestone cut stone surrounding window openings, cornice elements, and an inset NIU logo. The balance of the project included interior structural load bearing corridor walls, hollowcore plank, stair cores and elevator shafts.
This project required over 1,900 individual pieces of precast concrete products, and approximately 3,500 hollowcore plank pieces. This project was in production for approximately 6 months and was erected in a (5) month time frame utilizing (2) erection crews with (2) separate cranes. The project started erection in June 2011 and was completely erected by October 2011. The General Contractor was Pepper Construction and the architect was HKM of Arlington Heights.