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University of Illinois Campus Instructional Facility

Location: 1405 Springfield Avenue, Urbana, Illinois
Size: 124,000 SF, $75 million
Type: Public-Private Partnership and Academic/Institutional
Status: Anticipated 2021


The University of Illinois Campus Instructional Facility is a new center for flexible learning designed to meet the changing needs of students and faculty. Anchoring the northwest corner of the Bardeen Quadrangle, the building will encourage collaboration through pedagogy experiments, classroom technologies, and professional development for the next generation. Celebrating the university’s mission to cultivate research and discovery, the building includes flexible classrooms and reconfigurable spaces designed to evolve as needs change on campus. The building’s structure and architecture, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, are carefully integrated, with exposed structural steel elements supporting the building’s architectural massing. Collaboration hubs on each floor encourage informal gathering, along with a multi-story staircase — a central gathering space framed by soaring structural trusses. Designed to respect and complement the scale and materiality of surrounding buildings, the building is clad in brick and curtains of glass, maximizing natural lighting and enhancing views. Serving thousands of students daily, the Campus Instructional Facility will inspire collaboration and teamwork, enabling innovation and Grainger Engineering’s motto, ‘…do the impossible every day.’