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Project Summary

The English Building is a revered part of the Main Quad on the University at the Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) campus. Originally built in 1905 with a major addition in 1913, the building’s architectural style is Neo-Classical and Georgian Revival, with decorative features such as a cupola, masonry chimneys, and domes which make the roof far from ordinary. Replaced only once in 1964, the slate roof had fallen into disrepair.

As preservationists, Bailey Edward took great pride in replacing the slate roof and restoring the additional roof elements to their former glory. As facility condition experts, Bailey Edward and their team first evaluated the conditions of the existing structure to develop a scope of work that could meet the University’s tight budget. The team utilized laser scanning technology, infrared thermography and other testing devices to better understand the existing conditions, and help the University phase out the work.

To preserve the integrity of the building, Bailey Edward replaced the slate roof with a new one that matched the color and shingle size of the original. The new roof, while visually identical to the old one, increased energy efficiency and brought the building up to International Energy Code standards, and lowered operating costs for the University. Windows and chimneys were rebuilt and the cupola, wood trim, and wood entablatures were all repaired and repainted.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Design Vignette

Bailey Edward performed a laser scan of the entire English Building, creating a 3D model to better understand and evaluate the existing conditions. Through these investigations, the team was able to determine the weight of the existing slate roof tiles overstressed the supporting structure, causing the roof to sag. They also had a comprehensive view of all hard to reach areas that could be referenced without returning to the site. Armed with the knowledge of the existing conditions and laser scan model, Bailey Edward could direct the proper techniques and sequential order for the renovation and restoration of the historic building.