SM&W’s acoustics, audiovisual, and IT design are instrumental in the success of the new Campus Instructional Facility at UIUC. This new facility is a center for flexible learning designed to meet the changing needs of students and faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Located adjacent to the main engineering quadrangle, the facility will serve as a hub for contemporary teaching and learning, focusing on enhancing collaboration and introducing new technologies for hands-on learning.
To aid in this focus, the building’s 23 classrooms, designed for both active learning and traditional instruction, range in size and capacity from 24 to 500 students, with a special emphasis on active-learning spaces, distance-learning environments, and cutting-edge innovation technology. Collaboration hubs on each floor encourage informal gathering, as does a multi-story staircase that serves as a central gathering space. In addition, a 60-foot long-span space with flexible partitions accommodates large class configurations, small classrooms are distributed along the building’s core, and a 500-seat auditorium is located in the basement.
This new building will be utilized by classes from throughout the campus, with specialized spaces to support programs like Engineering City Scholars, Professional Masters Programs in Engineering, and The Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, among others.