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Mechanical Engineering Building, UIUC
Urbana, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(Re)usable space.
Adaptive reuse unites sustainability and state-of-the art learning.
Meet the new addition.
Located at the intersection of Green Street and Mathews Avenue in Urbana, the Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB) is centrally located on the University of Illinois’ main campus. Constructed in 1947, the original 66,000 square foot building is slated for renovation to meet new programmatic needs and adjacencies and adapt to rapidly changing pedagogies.

A five-level, 36,000 square foot addition will provide state-of-the-art instructional facilities, including new active learning classrooms with audio-visual technology systems designed for short-term needs and long-term vision. A second addition will infill the building’s exterior courtyard, expanding the existing building footprint and creating new, innovative project laboratories. Together, the renovation and new addition will provide much-needed additional space for Mechanical Science and Engineering and will reinvigorate the existing structure to create a more dynamic learning environment.

Advancing sustainability as well as innovative learning, the new facility is targeting LEED Silver certification. Substantial upgrades to the existing building’s brick, stone and glass exterior will significantly improve the building envelope and reduce energy consumption. Designed to complement the existing structure, the new addition also features high-performance elements including horizontal sunshades on the south-facing façade and accommodation for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

A thoughtful merger of historic and state-of-the-art, the new MEB will unify old and new, increase sustainability and accessibility and support hands-on, team-based learning.
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Project Data
Mechanical Engineering Building 2016-01087-000
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
PROJECT SCOPE
Addition
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
100,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$29.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    Designed to LEED Gold
Project Team
  • Gene McDonald
    AIA, LEED Green Assoc.
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Alli Mallory
    Associate
    Architecture + Design
  • Michael Trimble
    Mechanical Design
  • Daniel Jaconetti
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate
    National Sustainable Design Leader
  • Eric Price
    Associate
    Electrical Design
  • Katherine Kalant
    AIA
    Associate
    Architecture
  • Bernard Vilza
    AIA
    Associate
    Architecture
  • Cory Kamholz
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture Leader
  • Brian Fiander
    PE, LEED AP BD+C, MBA
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering
  • Matthew Majchrzak
    Associate
    Electrical Design
  • Scott Whitebone
    AIA
    Associate Principal
    Architecture Leader
  • Peter Sawirus
    Electrical Design
  • Chauncey Kingsbury
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Project Management
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Adaptive reuse unites sustainability and state-of-the art learning.
Mechanical Engineering Building, UIUC
Urbana, IL
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
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(Re)usable space.