Parkland College Student Union

Champaign, Illinois / United States of America

Originally designed by the post-war educational architect, Ernest J. Kump & Associates, the Parkland College Student Union is an “educational village” with a series of pavilions and circulating corridors organized on an underlying planning grid. The Union translates Kump’s architectural vocabulary into a distinctive "front door" to the campus by consolidating formerly disparate student and administrative activities and services into one convenient location. 

By blending the contextual and the contemporary, the Student Union is a welcoming, open place filled with natural light, advanced campus amenities, and flexible spaces for students and visitors to meet and gather together. The structure’s LEED Silver certification is expressed in features like the glass-walled pavilion with views out toward the campus, linking three previously disconnected building wings. The result of the design enabled Parkland College to develop the highest education standards possible, and meet the needs of the institution’s increasingly diverse population.

Architect of Record


Associate Architect

IGW Architecture


Parkland College / Capital Development Board

General Contractor

Poettker Construction


  • Clark Dietz Engineers
  • Tylk Gustafon Reckers Wilson Andrews, LLC
  • Engineering Concepts & Solutions, Inc.