The Campus Instructional Facility is a new center for flexible learning designed to meet the changing needs of students and faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Located adjacent to the main engineering quadrangle at Springfield Avenue and West Wright Street, the building will serve as a hub for contemporary teaching and learning, with a focus on enhancing collaboration and introducing new technologies for hands-on learning. 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 are carefully integrated, with exposed structural steel elements supporting the building’s architectural massing throughout the interior and exterior. Collaboration hubs on each floor encourage informal gathering, along with a multi-story staircase—a central gathering space framed by soaring structural trusses, which extend from floor to ceiling and connect with floors above. 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.
A central circulation spine anchors the building’s public spaces, allowing views across all floors and overlooking the engineering quadrangle, Grainger Library, and the north-south pedestrian axis. A 60-foot long-span space with flexible partitions accommodates large class configurations, small classrooms are distributed along the building’s core, and a 500-seat auditorium is located in the basement. The building’s 23 classrooms, designed for both active learning and traditional instruction, range in size and capacity from 24 to 500 students.
Classes from throughout the campus will be held inside the building, with specialized spaces to support programs like Engineering City Scholars, Professional Masters Programs in Engineering, and The Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, among others.
The building is is targeting LEED Gold certification. Sustainability features include geothermal and radiant heating and cooling, improved air quality through low VOC materials, and dynamic glazing to mitigate solar heat gain.