Landscape Updates to the Mammoth Sculpture

By Jalynn BugajF&S customer relations & communications intern The Pleistocene Garden: Recreating History The mammoth sculpture, located south of the Natural History Building (NHB), and near the Main Quad where its ancestors wandered 30,000 years prior, finds itself amongst some new additions. The new thoughtfully curated landscape not only enhances the area but offers homage to the mammoth’s past. The landscaping concept, termed a “Pleistocene … Continue reading Landscape Updates to the Mammoth Sculpture

INSIDER Magazine: African American Heritage Trail Unveiled

By Rebecca Bigelow Local Black history and the history of campus intersect in Champaign-Urbana. It’s no wonder then that several stops on the Champaign County African American Heritage Trail tell the story of both. The trail committee collaborated with the university to ensure that several of these stories are memorialized around campus. Brent Lewis, university landscape architect, and Don Gerard, construction project coordinator represented F&S … Continue reading INSIDER Magazine: African American Heritage Trail Unveiled

Morgan White Electrical and Computer Engineering Building ECE net zero energy

“All in” on Zero Energy at ECE: Now 1 Year

A celebration for the 1-year anniversary of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Building’s (ECE) ‘net zero energy’ mark was held there in the atrium, a huge study and hang out location for students. It made sense, given recognition of the building’s ability to impact academic research. Basically, students can plug in at a computer and be able to study how energy is collected, stored, and … Continue reading “All in” on Zero Energy at ECE: Now 1 Year

NEWS NEWS: College of Media broadcast studio renovated

Dateline: Urbana, Illinois, Richmond Studio at Campbell Hall, home of the College of Media channel UI7 and classes in broadcast journalism. An open house, October 23. Dozens gathered there to celebrate the new space, the Richard and Leslie Frank Newsroom, including Brian Williams of broadcast news fame, and Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood, who graduated with a degree from Kansas State University in radio … Continue reading NEWS NEWS: College of Media broadcast studio renovated

Turn the Handle: Interactive Mechanical Engineering Artistry

This just in: Just outside the east entrance of the Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB) stands a new piece of public art. Called Grasp, the three metal vertical arms move back and forth with the power of a simple handle-crank on the base. On the back of the gearbox, glass panels allow the user to see the gears at work. So, give it a … Continue reading Turn the Handle: Interactive Mechanical Engineering Artistry

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

Illini Hall demolition

Demo Work Kickstarts Years-Long Renovation Plan for Illini and Altgeld Halls

Better get a good peek now, because soon, Illini Hall will be gone. First erected in 1907 as the official University of Illinois YMCA across Wright Street from the venerable Main Quad, Illini Hall is in the process of demolition and replacement. By the end of February 2023 or so, it’ll be gone. This action also starts the clock on work coming for its cross-street … Continue reading Demo Work Kickstarts Years-Long Renovation Plan for Illini and Altgeld Halls