University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

University of Illinois construction project will renovate or replace 2 aging campus buildings

Feb. 1, 2023
Altgeld Hall will be completely restored, and Illini Hall will be demolished and replaced.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is ready to begin construction on a $100 million project that will renovate or replace two aging facilities on campus.

Illini Hall, built in 1907, will be torn down and Altgeld Hall, built in 1897, will undergo extensive restoration.

The state of Illinois says in a news release that Altgeld Hall will be completely restored, and Illini Hall will be demolished and replaced with a 140,000-square-foot facility. New classrooms, lecture spaces, and collaboration areas will be added to both buildings.

A new 4,614 square-foot auditorium will be constructed in the replacement building for Illini Hall, along with almost a dozen new classrooms. A portion of the new building will host the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The new Illini Hall will be designed and constructed to meet LEED Platinum certification.

At Altgeld Hall, the exterior will undergo extensive repairs to the stone veneer and bell tower. The renovated Altgeld Hall will have new accessibility features and undergo a complete restoration of the building's original murals.

A new research space for the Illinois Geometry Lab and the Illinois Risk Lab will be added to the building, as well as new tutoring rooms and classrooms.

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