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Projects | Grand Openings at UIUC

Ibrl Ribbon Cutting


As architects, it is always exciting to see projects come to fruition. Last month, Bailey Edward had the pleasure to attend the grand openings of not one, but several projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Studies (ACES) campus. The two-day open house offered a chance for the larger community to see and celebrate the positive changes on campus and experience firsthand the facilities that are advancing the University’s capabilities.

On September 27th, Omar Bailey attended the opening reception for the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) at the ACES campus. IBRL is one of two North American flexible, plug-and-play pilot plants and analytical laboratories. In conjunction with CORE Construction, Omar led the BE team in the design / build of the 42,000 SF facility that supports research at each step in the bioenergy value chain allowing both academic and corporate scientists to move from lab bench research discoveries to commercial production. University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen joined Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for the ribbon cutting, opening the facility for corporate and University researchers. Both Killeen and Rauner gave speeches citing the IBRL as a catalyst to new sustainable advancements.

The ACES Food Science and Human Nutrition Pilot Processing Plant (FSHN) was also a part of the open house event. On September 28th, doors opened to the public to explore the FSHN Pilot Plant renovation and honor the donors that made this project possible. The FSHN is a learning laboratory classroom that offers students the specialized equipment needed to support training in food processing in a space that mimics future work environments. The renovation modernizes the 30-year-old building and will help attract and retain students in the FSHN program by providing a state-of-the-art facility.

Also on the agenda for the open house was the Turner Hall transformation. While Bailey Edward did not implement this project, we previously completed a master plan for the building to help UIUC realize the potential for their outdated space to become a dynamic learning environment to attract students, faculty, and donors.

For over a decade, BE has been fortunate enough to work on UIUC’s campus and witness firsthand their commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities for their faculty and students, and the open house weekend was an opportunity for the community to experience that as well.