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Mechanical Engineering Building, UIUC
Urbana, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Engineering Building
(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 has been renovated to meet new programmatic needs and adjacencies and adapt to rapidly changing pedagogies.

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

Advancing sustainability as well as innovative learning, the facility is targeting LEED Gold certification. Substantial upgrades to the existing building’s brick, stone, and glass exterior significantly improve the building envelope and reduce energy consumption. Designed to complement the existing structure, the 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 MEB unifies old and new, increases sustainability and accessibility, and supports 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
  • Alli Mallory
    AIA, NCARB
    Associate Principal
    Architecture and 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 Principal
    Project Management
Adaptive reuse unites sustainability and state-of-the art learning.
Mechanical Engineering Building, UIUC
Urbana, IL
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
(Re)usable space.