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Air Resources Laboratory
The Air Resources Laboratory is a graduate research laboratory, which houses a respirator setup conducting soil carbon sequestration experiment. Students generally work in laboratory settings or production facilities, although they may leave these settings to take samples as required. Working in a lab environment, they may be consistently in contact with various chemicals. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2007.

Built Environment Research Laboratory (BERL)
The Built Environment Research Laboratory (BERL) is divided evenly into communal student office space and a laboratory area. The student office area has desktop and laptop computers, a projector with large screen, and wireless and wired Internet access. The laboratory area comprises a 600 ft2 shared space that is primarily used for staging field campaigns, instrument setup and repair, meetings, computer simulations, small scale chamber testing, and thermal performance measurements using a small scale hot box test facility. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2013.

Burton and Erma Lewis Construction Engineering and Management Laboratory
The Burton and Erma Lewis Construction Engineering and Management Laboratory was inaugurated on May 5, 2000.  The creation and maintenance of the Lewis Lab were made possible through a generous gift by Burton A. Lewis (CE ’48) that was matched by the Krehbiel Challenge and later by the Pritzker/Galvin Challenge. The Lewis Lab features three interconnected rooms that feature study spaces for researchers in construction engineering and management, including post-doctoral visiting researchers from various countries, and graduate research students. The laboratory also contains meeting facilities, the GIS lab and work space for research and teaching assistants.

Concrete Structures Laboratory
The Concrete Structures Laboratory houses courses in the Design of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Structures. One of the featured courses taught in this lab is the first course in the Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures in which the students design, construct and test to destruction a full-size reinforced concrete beam. The lab’s state-state-of-the-art equipment includes a computer-controlled 400,000 lbs. capacity compression testing machine and a 36 ft by 20 ft steel girder reaction frame for investigating the strength of reinforced or prestressed concrete beams and columns. Also included in the lab is chemical glassware and small size equipment used to investigate cements and mortars. Research projects executed in this lab include a large-scale study of the creep-deflection of reinforced concrete beams.

Engineering Graphics and Computer Lab
The Engineering Graphics and Computer Lab is used to teach the full range of Engineering Graphics, from Technical Drawing through Advanced 3D Digital Modeling.  Standards, Techniques, and Sketching are emphasized at all levels, with all the Autodesk Tools available in their latest versions.
This laboratory was upgraded in 2013 with 3D capable multiple monitor engineering grade workstations.

GIS Workstation Laboratory
The GIS Workstation Laboratory is a completely up-to-date and accessible workstation that has access to all the latest Geographic Information Systems software and supporting tools, as well as several legacy applications. It is used for research, course development, and student projects of a continuing nature.
This laboratory was last upgraded in 2014 with new PC box and ESRI 10.2.2 ArcGIS.

Materials of Construction Laboratory
The Materials of Construction Laboratory houses courses in this subject: the first of which introduces students to the investigation of the mechanical properties of steel and timber by means of hands-on tests on real samples of these materials. The lab houses the following state-of-the-art equipment: three computer-controlled universal testing machines of 60,000 lbs, 400,000 lbs and 800,000 lbs capacity respectively, a Charpy Impact Tester, a Brinell Hardness Tester, two R.R. Moore Fatigue Testing Machines and two Axial Fatigue Testing Machines of 25,000 lbs. and 50,000 lbs. capacity respectively. Research projects executed in this lab include an ongoing study of the origin and inception of fatigue damage in steel.

Models Laboratory
The Models laboratory houses courses devoted to the experimental study of building and bridge structures, the first of which introduces students to the statistical treatment of experimental data, similitude and the theory of models and the design, construction and testing of realistic models of building or bridge structures. State-0f-the-art equipment in this lab includes three professional grade polariscopes, a Moire apparatus, a steel framed prototyping bench as well as computer-aided electric resistance strain gage recorders. A study of the stresses induced in steel rails to evaluate various strategies for in-place rail regrinding used to improve rail longevity—a significant and economically important concern of the American rail transportation industry was recently carried out in this laboratory.

Suite for Testing Urban Dwellings for their Indoor and Outdoor Environments (StudioE)
The Suite for Testing Urban Dwellings for their Indoor and Outdoor Environments comprises two unoccupied, adjacent 800 ft2 apartment units in graduate student housing in Carman Hall at IIT. One unit is outfitted with a complete central air handling unit and ductwork distribution system representative of typical homes in the United States. StudioE is used for research on the transport of outdoor pollutants indoors, filtration and air cleaning of indoor pollutants, energy simulation, measurement, and verification, energy and air quality test method development, and teaching building science measurements and instrumentation.
This laboratory was acquired and equipped in 2013. Visit: StudioE

Surveying Equipment Workshop
The Surveying Equipment Workshop incorporates all the modern tools required to perform fieldwork in the Geodetic Sciences. Included are modern Total Stations by Leica and Nikon, as well as Automatic Levels, their supporting equipment (tripods, prisms, measuring rods, tapes, and poles), handheld GPS units and a GPS Rover. This laboratory was updated in 2014 with new Nikon Total Stations.

Sustainable Materials Laboratory (SML)
The Sustainable Materials Laboratory (SML) supports hands-on research for both undergraduate and graduate students. SML houses the latest surface analysis tools for corrosion studies and coating development. Students in this lab investigate fundamental corrosion mechanisms, build smart coatings, and perform computer-based atomistic modeling. Sample research projects include the development of an intelligent coating system for structural steels and the atomistic modeling of asphalt oxidative aging.
This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2014.

Transportation Engineering Laboratory
The Transportation Engineering (TE) Laboratory occupies 600 ft2 floor space that maintains excellent computing capabilities with multiple personal computers and a variety of software for geometric design (AutoCAD, AutoCivil, MathCAD, 3DMAX), data management and geospatial analysis (MS Access, SQL, ArcGIS 9), traffic impacts studies (HCS, Synchro9.0, CORSIM), high fidelity large-scale simulation (VISSIM, TRANSIMS), statistical and econometric analysis (SPSS, NLOGIT4.0, GWR4.0),  risk and uncertainty modeling (@Risk), large-scale optimization (XPRESS Solver, GAMS), and more that offers comprehensive/big data processing, management and analysis, and computation capabilities for a wide range of research in multimodal transportation  infrastructure, dynamic traffic networks, safety and security, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications in support of sustainable transportation development and smart city initiatives. The TE Lab engages graduate and undergraduate students currently attending IIT in research, and also offers opportunities to high school students with women and multicultural backgrounds for summer internship participation.

Water and Wastewater Engineering Laboratory
The Water and Wastewater Engineering Laboratory is a research facility in which undergraduate and graduate students conduct research on several aspects of water pollution control, water quality, and water treatment. The current focus areas in the lab include refinery wastewater treatment, enhanced biological phosphorus removal, urban beach pollution control, bacterial hemoglobin technology, and foaming in anaerobic systems. The laboratory has extensive facilities to conduct physical, chemical, and biological analysis of water, wastewater, soil, and sludge constituents. The laboratory also supports field scale research being conducted on stormwater and wastewater treatment. The lab contains numerous chemicals, biological specimens, and equipment needed for research, which may be hazardous if contacted without protective gear. This lab is not suitable for visitors. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 1995.