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Project Summary

The feasibility study/ master plan evaluated current facility conditions, predicted future student, faculty and administrative growth, established program priorities, improves facility aesthetics and makes design recommendations for improvements that fit with the vision for Turner Hall. Bailey Edward examined the building structure and infrastructure in a holistic manner; conducted programming interviews with all constituents; interfaced with UIUC schedulers and administration to identify current and future education and research needs; worked with facility engineers and campus Facility and Services staff to identify infrastructure conditions and needs.

Long term priorities with estimated costs and efficient implementation strategies for upgrades, as well as renovations to the building were identified. An extensive renovation and east side expansion is recommended to meet growing student learning needs and facilitate student recruitment. Design involved planning for classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, student and faculty collaboration spaces, and conferencing center.

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Urbana, Illinois


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Programmatic Findings

To function at its highest level, Turner Hall needs to address four key drivers:

1. Modernizing the Educational Experience by upgrading technology capabilities, creating active classrooms that change teaching methods from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”, adjusting classroom capacities to meet code requirements, growing class size, and providing for the safety and comfort of the student.

2. Creating Collaborative Spaces that are informal and formal, that foster intellectual stimulation, productive working groups, respite, interaction amongst faculty and students, and a place to study between classes.

3. Realize Research Synergies to share ideas, space, equipment, and grant dollars. Creating flexibility so that laboratories can be re-assigned as the research focus changes and new researchers come on board.

4. Accommodating Knowledge Communities of students, faculty, and the outside community of academia, producers and farmers in formal and informal gathering spaces to exchange knowledge and ideas.