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Projects | Chemistry Annex Restoration Recognition

03.2019 College Planning And Management Crop


Spring represents a new beginning as flowers and plants are reborn. This spring, we’re also seeing the success of a new beginning for the Chemistry Annex at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The renovation and restoration of the Chemistry Annex was completed last year and recently has received media attention for the project’s preservation efforts. Through awards and articles, we’re proud that a historic campus building is in the spotlight once again.

The 1937 Art Moderne / Art Deco style Chemistry Annex became the recipient of the Heritage Award from the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign (PACA) this past weekend. Karla Smalley, the Project Manager, attended the awards reception on Sunday on behalf of the preservation team at Bailey Edward where the project was honored. PACA commended the restoration of the brick façade, the sensitive thermal building upgrades and the preservation of the decorative cast-in-place concrete features.

The Chemistry Annex restoration was also featured in College Planning and Management’s Historic Renovations Facilities Focus this spring. The full-page feature described BE’s restoration of the 1937 facility at length, highlighting design features unique to the building, such as the colorful terrazzo staircase. A photo of the exterior was chosen as the cover image for the entire issue. Read the full article here.