Front entrance of Illini Hall.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I) recently hired Chicago design firm CannonDesign to renovate Altgeld Hall and design an expanded Illini Hall. The two buildings will act in unison as a dynamic environment for the Departments Math and Statistics, and the project will host a data science center sponsored by the Discovery Partners Institute. CannonDesign will collaborate with Bailey Edward, historic architect, on this $100 million project.

The projects will rehabilitate the historically iconic Altgeld Hall, modernize learning environments, increase capacity for scientific data studies, rigorous math and statistics research and serve as a convener of academic discourse. The new Illini Hall is expected to be complete by 2022. The rehabilitation of Altgeld will occur on a similar and extended path.

Altgeld Hall will retain elements of its historic features due to its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, while being repositioned to increase energy efficiency and overall accessibility. The functional program for both facilities will include more than 150,000 sf of learning, research and collaboration space.

“We are very pleased that the trustees approved CannonDesign for the Altgeld Hall and Illini Hall project,” said Derek Fultz, director of facilities for the College of LAS who also served on the selection committee that recommended the firm. “We fully expect the buildings to display the same, high levels of creativity and practicality that CannonDesign has provided in the past.”

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