PROVIDES SPACE FOR HIGH-TECH LEARNING AND COLLABORATION
The ECE Building, located at 306 N. Wright St., Urbana, is nearly twice the size of the department‘s former home, Everitt Laboratory. At 230,000 square feet, the new building is full of more than 20 lab spaces intended for student instruction and learning. These labs continue Illinois ECE‘ tradition of hands-on learning, especially on cutting-edge topics like nanofabrication, optics, control, and robotics.
In the Open Projects Lab, students will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for use in non-classroom projects. Students will be able to pursue their passions, innovating and experimenting, in this unique maker-space.
The building gives students and faculty members access to many collaborative spaces, including a grand lobby filled with seating, and multiple conference rooms. Graduate students are also sharing large, open workspaces, which allow for communication among those in different research areas.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
DESIGNED TO BE NET-ZERO ENERGY
The ECE Building is designed to be one of the largest net-zero energy building of its kind in the country, and includes countless features to help meet that goal. It’s targeting LEED Platinum certification.
Once in place, solar arrays on the building’s roof, as well as on the roof of a nearby parking structure, will provide electricity. The building also features several passive heating and cooling features, including a distinctive terra cotta exterior and sun shades. A chilled-beam heating and cooling system is also incredibly energy-efficient.
The building’s fourth-floor Advanced Power Applications Lab allows faculty members and graduate students roof access to conduct research with the building’s solar panels, as well.
$95 MILLION PROJECT
This project began in the fall of 2011 and was dedicated Oct. 10, 2014. The State of Illinois paid for half of this project. Donations from private and corporate donors will make up the other half. Fundraising continues, and is close to meeting the ECE Building Campaign goal.
Texas Instruments, Intel, the Caterpillar Foundation, and many other donors have supported the ECE Building, and it features 15 named or donor-supported spaces. Many naming opportunities still exist.