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I S R D I NI NG + STUD E NT CE NTE R UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN The Illinois Street Residences’ dining hall, originally built in 1964, was due for an upgrade. The University of Illinois opted to reinvest in the property, enlisting Booth Hansen to lead a partial renovation and major addition. The dining hall’s prime location near the main quad creates an ideal meeting space for students in the University’s well-renowned engineering and humanities programs. The building’s frontage along Green Street, a major retail thoroughfare within the towns of Champaign and Urbana, connects the University to this community. The new addition brings the entrance to the building closer to the street, enhancing its visibility and reinforcing the University’s presence. ISR’s two 1960s precast concrete residence halls, Townsend and Wardall, connect directly to the dining and student center. In addition, the project obtained LEED Silver Certification through a variety of sustainable strategies including an extensive green roof and water savings measures. On Green Street, students enter the facility via the lower level, which not only includes a tea bar and convenience store along with other student amenities including classrooms, a maker space, library, fitness room, and group study spaces. The lower level is also home to the University’s Innovation Living Learning Community, featuring The Garage, a dedicated workspace to help students with their creative and entrepreneurial projects. A monumental staircase with seating for students connects to the first floor, where nine different “micro-restaurants” provide a variety of cuisines and healthy made-to-order food options. Collaborating with BakerGroup, a leading dining consultant, Booth Hansen created unique identities for each of these micro-restaurants and designed an assortment of seating spaces that allow students to dine comfortably either individually or in groups. The new addition and renovation make ISR one of the largest University dining facilities in the country able to serve a capacity of more than 1,300 students at one time.
IKENBERRY COMMONS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN The Ikenberry Master Plan at UIUC includes a Dining and Residential Programs building, Ikenberry Commons, specifically aimed at providing residents a place to gather. Completed in 2009, this building is capable of serving 3,600 students with an intimate scale and visibility. Part of a larger superblock, the building forges connections between interior and exterior to shape a series of informal social spaces, facilitating face-to-face interaction and collaboration.
The dining area radiates from a central servery with four dining rooms of different sizes; other functions such as a library, fitness center, and student activities rooms add to the multi-faceted program. At 144,000 SF, Ikenberry Commons is one of the largest such facilities in the country. With sustainable features including solar thermal energy, rain gardens, and green roofs, this project sets a new standard for University residential housing, and is LEED Silver certified.
COMPUTER DESIGN RESEARCH AND LEARNING CENTER UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is a public research university and one of the most diverse universities in the United States. The new 135,000 SF Computer Design Research and Learning Center (CDRLC) at UIC will consolidate the currently fragmented Computer Science Department in a new home and co-locate it with a large cluster of universityadministered classrooms at the heart of the east campus. The building is designed to be a welcoming, inclusive, and inviting space for the diverse student body. It will be a new campus hub, serve research needs with state-of-the-art facilities, and help accommodate the rapidly increasing undergraduate enrollment in computer science. The CDRLC is the third recent academic building to be built on east campus originally designed by Walter Netsch in 1965. The building will be delivered on an accelerated schedule to meet the demands of the department, doubling the size of the departmental space by 2023. It will create a hub for both engineering and computer science that includes research areas comprised of faculty offices, collaboration areas, dry lab and specialty lab; administrative and student affairs office spaces; collaborative teaching and learning spaces for undergraduate and graduate students; an undergraduate learning and community center; and a flexible events room; all stitched together by a five story daylit atrium. Creating a contemporary addition to this iconic brutalist campus, the building is functional, flexible, and respectful of the context. Located at a unique, prominent site on campus, the structure celebrates the natural setting and organic form of the Memorial Grove and establishes a new front door for technology in Chicago. Together with the existing lab building, the new CDRLC creates a dramatic public atrium for social interactions with visual and physical connections to all floors. The muscular precast concrete and terra cotta façade of the building are inspired by Netsch’s late modern architecture and respond to the site conditions. Booth Hansen is working with LMN Architects on this project.
ANNENBERG HALL CYCLE STUDIO AND LOBBY RENOVATION NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Booth Hansen was the original architect for Annenberg Hall when it was constructed in 1993, but after more than 25 years, Northwestern University needed to update the facility. An existing office suite was renovated to provide students with a new flexible research and education space known as the CYCLE Studio. New storefront glazing assembly visually connects the interior of the CYCLE Studio to the Lobby. The existing lobby flooring, wall and ceiling materials, and lighting were upgraded, highlighting the school’s branding and digital displays. Opening up the spaces and providing a lighter, 'clean' design has increased the use of these spaces off the public circulation and showcased the academic work to a broader audience. Niches along the corridor create informal gathering areas for students and places to display school information and current work. New high performance, glazed storefronts at the east, west, and south entry points complete the renovation.
SOUTH CAMPUS PARKING STRUCTURE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN This project is being designed to provide replacement parking in a consolidated structure and remove surface parking lots in the campus core. The project consists of a new 4-story precast concrete, masonry clad parking structure and associated site improvements. The use of a brick will connect with the campus context while the perforated metal screening will bring a new architectural element that provide screening of the cars and visual interest to the edge pf campus
The number of parking spaces to be provided for this off-site parking structure is 440 with approximately 150 surface parking spaces remaining in surface lot adjacent to the new parking structure. On the west side of the garage is a green landscaped setback area to comply with Master Plan setbacks and provide space of a multi-modal hub for mass transit stop and bicycle parking. The structure is designed to incorporate a 708kW roofmounted solar Photovoltaic System.
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SOUTH CAMPUS CENTER FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SCCIL will provide a new state-of-the-art educational facility for UIUC that includes conference rooms, classrooms, informal learning environments, content creation studios, offices, and support spaces. The goal for this development is to serve the Geis College of Business as well as other campus-wide programs to promote interdisciplinary collaboration across the student body and faculty. This 100,000 SF facility will allow the University to have the latest in facility design to allow them to create new on-line academic content and well as provide for synchronous learning for in-person and remote students within the same class. SCCIL is located between Fourth Street and Sixth Street, and is adjacent to the University's Business Instructional Facility. Booth Hansen is working with LMN Architects on this project..
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