New York, New York, United States
Flexibility for new modes of learning
CIF is a new center for learning designed to meet the changing needs of students and faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Located at the northwest corner of the Bardeen Quadrangle along Springfield Avenue and Wright Street, this teaching hub enables collaboration and incorporates new technologies for hands-on learning. The University partnered with developer Vermilion Campbell in a public-private partnership, introducing a successful new financial model for University of Illinois projects.
The building celebrates the university’s mission to cultivate research and discovery and includes flexible classrooms and reconfigurable spaces designed to evolve as needs change. Structure and architecture are carefully integrated, with exposed structural steel elements supporting the building’s architectural massing throughout, seamlessly integrating radiant cooling and heating. Research for structural optimization, fireproofing and MEP were done in collaboration with UIUC engineering students and faculty, and the building itself is now part of the engineering school curriculum.