University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Lincoln Hall

Champaign, Illinois / United States of America

Most students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign eventually attend a class in Lincoln Hall, home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). Prominently located on the Quad, the 100-year-old, four-story building is one of the oldest on campus. A renovation of Lincoln Hall improved energy efficiency, streamlined circulation, increased usable space and enhanced the learning environment, all while preserving the building's early-20th-century architectural character. 
The design infuses state-of-the-art technology, provides multiple classroom configurations for flexibility between large and small class sizes and creates informal student interaction spaces. Key historic interior public spaces were painstakingly restored, including the theater and foyer, the quad entrance lobby, stairs, and public corridors. 
New three-story glass gallery additions in the building's two courtyards provide highly desired additional space, and offer every floor sun-exposed lounges and create direct connections with the refurbished courtyards. To achieve LEED Platinum, building systems, including HVAC, lighting, and flooring, were replaced with minimal disturbance to the historic building's character. 
The design team's goal was to re-enliven this classic building for contemporary learning and working. The results display a new energy in the building.

Architect of record

Charles Smith
225 N. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312.960.8079
Fax: 312.332.9601

Associate architect

Ellen Dickson
Bailey Edward
35 E Wacker Drive, Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312.440.2300

General contractor

Joe Williams
Williams Brothers Construction, Inc.
PO Box 1366
Peoria, IL 61654, United States
Phone: 309.688.0416


Wayne Cable
Wayne Cable Photography
516 N. Ogden Ave., Suite 144
Chicago, IL 60642, United States
Phone: 312.226.4905