Altgeld Hall was last significantly renovated in 1956.
A few things have happened since then: the Alma Mater statue moved out front in 1962. The first consumer laptop was released in 1985, and the World Wide Web went mainstream in 1990. The campus introduced i-cards for student identification in 2002. In 2010, the campus opened the most accessible dorm for students with disabilities in the country.
This project will renovate Altgeld Hall and replace Illini Hall with a new facility. It will create a significant amount of new space, and the new Illini Hall will be home to a new data science center as part of the Champaign-Urbana hub of the Illinois Innovation Network. The network will consist of various hubs across the state including the Discovery Partners Institute. Increased capacity and modernized learning spaces will benefit all Illinois students who study in these buildings.
The project will also encourage sustainability and accessibility. It’s targeting LEED Platinum certification for Illini Hall and LEED Silver certification for Altgeld Hall through the U.S. Green Building Council. Both buildings will be accessible to all students.
And though Altgeld Hall will be modernized, the project also focuses on restoration. Current plans include the restoration of mosaics, murals, and woodwork in Altgeld Hall’s magnificent library.
Illini Hall will be replaced with a world-class facility for learning, innovation, and discovery in the mathematical sciences.