Capital Projects

More than 63 capital construction projects are underway on the Urbana-Champaign campus in various phases from feasibility study to active construction. Major projects in construction as of March 1, 2016 are listed below:

MULTIMODAL CORRIDOR ENHANCEMENT (MCORE) PROJECT UPDATE:
Planning continues for the MCORE Project to begin in fall 2016. MCORE will impact all modes of transportation in critical campus areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street, and Wright Street. For more information and to provide input:  http://www.mcoreproject.com

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), City of Champaign, City of Urbana, and university are partnering to improve mobility in the core of our community through MCORE.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING (EPC)
EPC remains an integral component in the university’s energy reduction efforts, and in helping reduce the deferred maintenance (DM) backlog. Due to the Veterinary Medicine Energy Service Company (ESCO) project completed in FY13, approximately $20M in DM obligations were eliminated. Based in part on the success of the Vet Med ESCO, University Administration has granted approval to proceed with the next round of energy performance contracts for 20 facilities across the campus.  The first round of projects, beginning this fall, involves five College of Engineering buildings (Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Loomis Laboratory,  Superconductivity Center, Engineering Sciences Building, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory). More on EPC




Major Capital Programs Projects in the Construction Phase as of 3/1/16


ABBOTT POWER PLANT - BLACK START GENERATOR
Diesel-powered generators, electrical distribution paralleling equipment with protective devices, medium voltage cabling, and interconnects are being added to Abbott Power Plant.

ALLERTON MAIN HOUSE - ROOF REPLACEMENT AND CHIMNEY REPAIRS
The existing roof on the main house and the connected carriage house is receiving repairs. All of the existing slate and flat roof areas on both buildings are being replaced. New copper or alternative material gutters, gutter liners, scuppers, downspouts, flashings, lightning protection, and snow guards are being provided as well. Portions of the existing chimneys in both the main house and carriage house are being removed and replaced, while other areas will be repaired and tuck-pointed.

ARMORY CLASSROOM REPAIRS – PHASE 2
Seven Armory classrooms are being renovated. Floor and ceiling tiles are being replaced and walls are being repainted.

BEVIER HALL - INFRASTRUCTURE RENOVATION - PHASE 1
During this phase of renovations, significant portions of the infrastructure (mechanical, electrical, and exterior envelope) of Bevier Hall are being replaced, focusing on the existing infrastructure located within the basement, first, and second floors. The work addresses current life safety code compliance issues, including adding fire suppression in the basement, first, and second floors and upgrading existing kitchen exhaust systems.

CAMPUS RESTROOM RENOVATIONS – Restrooms in Freer Hall, Materials Science and Engineering Building and Noyes Laboratory are being renovated. These facilities were identified as those in which restroom renovation efforts would provide significant benefit to campus due to volume of usage. Work includes extensive upgrades to existing restrooms and repurposing existing spaces into restrooms in some facilities. Main Library and Mumford Hall restrooms have already been completed as part of the overall project.

CHEMISTRY ANNEX - ADDITION AND RENOVATION
The Chemistry Annex is receiving a complete renovation of the existing 42,466 GSF facility, and a 9,600 GSF addition is being constructed on the southeast corner along Mathews Avenue. The project is a part of the Instructional Space Improvement Initiative. The addition will address life safety and accessibility as well as provide more efficient circulation patterns.

DAVENPORT HALL – EXTERIOR REPAIRS & RESTROOM RENOVATIONS
A slate roof is being installed on Davenport Hall as the final step of an envelope renovation that included window replacement and tuck pointing. A stack of men's and women's restrooms is being created in the main building of Davenport Hall. The location of these restrooms will fit into the building master plan and help maximize the use of available plumbing in the facility.

805 WEST PENNSYLVANIA – RENOVATIONS
Renovations to this office facility, originally constructed as a fraternity house, include painting and flooring upgrades to office and conference room space as well as updating electrical and audio visual wiring throughout the structure. Accessibility improvements are being added with the installation of a lift. Parking enhancements for automobiles and bicycles are also being made on the property.

ENGLISH BUILDING – GROUP FACULTY OFFICE REPAIRS
Walls are being painted and modular furniture is being installed in four rooms to provide spaces for graduate assistants and instructors.

EVERITT LABORATORY – RENOVATIONS
This project is part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative and is renovating the building to become the home for the Department of Bioengineering. The 126,000 square foot renewal includes creating 10,000 square feet of new research area and associated support space. The project also includes mechanical upgrades that will improve the efficiency of the heating and air conditioning systems. (More information: http://everitt.illinois.edu)

HORTICULTURE FIELD LABORATORY - ARCHIVES RESEARCH CENTER HVAC RENOVATION - PHASE 2
This project is replacing the existing mechanical infrastructure and improving the vault envelope with the intent of more tightly maintaining conditions suitable for the university’s collection. The HVAC systems in the existing attic mechanical room are being removed and replaced them with a new system that is properly sized for the building cooling load. The existing oversized air-cooled chilled water system is also being replaced with a new heat rejection system. A pre-action fire protection system is being added to protect the collection and facility. Temperature and humidity control are also being addressed.

IKENBERRY COMMONS #3 RESIDENCE HALL
The new 504-bed, residence hall will be a 155,000 GSF building offering a combination of room configurations with common facilities. The exterior design of this new residence hall reflects that of the first two residence halls, with similar proportions of brick, stone trim and glazing. All site-related work such as utilities, storm water, and landscaping are included as part of this project. The completion of a storm water detention system, in 2014, underneath the intramural fields located near First Street, was also a part of this project. LEED® Gold certification is in progress for this facility. (More information: http://housing.illinois.edu/aboutus/construction)


NATURAL HISTORY BUILDING (NHB) RENOVATION - DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
This project is a comprehensive phased renovation plan and capital construction implementation for the NHB, which was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in November 1986 as part of the Nathan C. Ricker thematic district. The building serves the School of Earth, Society, and Environment and the School of Integrative Biology, within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. (More information: http://www.las.illinois.edu/giving/building/nhb/)

NEWMARK CIVIL ENGINEERING BUILDING - 4TH FLOOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY REMODEL
This project is providing the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with two state-of-the-art research and teaching spaces by renovating an area of the fourth floor.

STATE FARM CENTER - RENOVATION AND ADDITION
More than 50 years after its opening on the Urbana campus, the State Farm Center renovation and addition is modernizing and revitalizing the historic structure, ensuring the home for Illini basketball remains one of the top collegiate multi-purpose facilities in the nation for generations to come. Preserving the character of the facility, while also allowing the men’s and women’s basketball teams to play two seasons in Champaign during the renovation process, established a challenging and unique construction schedule. The project will began Phase 5 of 6 at the conclusion of the basketball season. Remaining works includes locker room renovations, a new scoreboard, LED lights in the arena, a Hall of Fame, and additional restrooms and concession stands on the upper concourse. (Project page: http://www.fightingillini.com/statefarmcenter/).

UTILITIES STEAM TUNNEL REHABILITATION PHASE 1 – GREGORY DRIVE
Structural repairs are being made to the 50-year-old steam tunnel which include replacing walls and roofs in multiple locations along Gregory Drive.