Altgeld stone cleaning

Altgeld Glow Up: Generations of Dirt Cleaned From Eons-old Stone

When you’re as old as Altgeld Hall, you deserve a nice cleansing scrub. The stony skin of the building dates to as far back as 1896, after all, and a lot of history, and other gunk, has built up on the stone. Even a U of I student’s thesis from more than 50 years ago notes the coloration change. Roughly hewn, randomly placed hard pink … Continue reading Altgeld Glow Up: Generations of Dirt Cleaned From Eons-old Stone

Arbor Day 2023 tree campus USA flag

Arbor Day 2023 on the Main Quad

The national holiday Arbor Day was April 28, 2023; locally, it was easily seen on the University of Illinois Main Quad that day. To celebrate, F&S helped plant and honor a new horizon elm tree just west of Davenport Hall. Campus tree and sustainability experts spoke, including Brent Lewis, university landscape architect, and Morgan White, associate director of sustainability; Mike DeLorenzo, Vice Chancellor for Administration … Continue reading Arbor Day 2023 on the Main Quad

Ironworkers and Operator Engineers installing safer bridge over the Boneyard Creek.

Making It Safe: A New Green Boneyard Bridge

Ironworkers make things safer. In the end, their repairs to a bridge over the Boneyard Creek will last decades and allow safe passage between student housing and buildings on the Grainger College of Engineering Quad. The now-bright green bridge is just north of the Astronomy Building. The culprit causing damage was rust, which disintegrated parts of the bridge bottom. F&S ironworkers Mike Paris and Rene … Continue reading Making It Safe: A New Green Boneyard Bridge

Mike Larson, F&S Abbott Power Plant, gives a tour to local girl scouts

Girl Power: Education at Abbott

Local girl scouts came on a Saturday morning to learn about the utility systems operated at Abbott Power Plant. Associate professor in Civil and Electrical Engineering (CEE) in the Grainger College of Engineering, Ashlynn Stillwell helped organize and manage the groups and distributed safety and personal protective equipment (PPE). Stillwell is also the former Central Illinois Girl Scout leader. Kids toured the power plant with … Continue reading Girl Power: Education at Abbott

1901 photo of Davenport Hall.

Two Acres at the Root of University History

Story by Dave Evensen, LASHistoric photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives Originally called the Agriculture Building, Davenport Hall helped define the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and the layout of campus itself. Burrill Inspires Davenport: “This is Illinois…” There are walks in the park and then there are walks that affect the course of university history for the next 128 years, … Continue reading Two Acres at the Root of University History

Red light shines inside the Observatory

Deferred Maintenance Aids ‘The Night Spot’

By Trish Barker, LAS New projects, planning, and deep appreciation keep the Observatory looking upward On a typical day, thousands of students, faculty, and staff crisscross campus, hustling from one class, project, meeting, and building to another. During daylight hours, crowds flow in and out of major destinations like Lincoln Hall, the Union, and the Library. Preserving that experience for students and visitors means preserving the … Continue reading Deferred Maintenance Aids ‘The Night Spot’

Ebony Murray and Todd Hawkins

Two of Our Own

Todd Hawkins and Ebony Murray were honored with Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award, “recognizing exceptional performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.” “It is a signal of high esteem in which your colleagues hold you,” wrote Chancellor Robert Jones. For the full announcement, including 14 others from around campus, see: Todd Hawkins, ironworker foreperson From the University of Illinois News Bureau:When something metal needs repair, … Continue reading Two of Our Own