University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Electrical and Computer Engineering Building

Urbana, Illinois / United States of America

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) set out to differentiate their already prestigious engineering program by creating a world-class home for the department; one that aspired to be the most sustainable laboratory classroom in the world. Targeting the stringent criteria of LEED Platinum certification, the new 230,000 sf, Electrical and Computer Engineering Building (ECE) takes energy efficiency even further to eventually reach a Net Zero Energy rating.


The building program consists of 30,000 sf of instructional labs, 15,000 sf of research labs, and 22,000 sf of classrooms, research offices, collaboration spaces, lounges and administrative space. Additionally, a 4,000 sf clean room sits prominently in the entry hall as the visual and technical crown jewel of ECE. While this component consumes 22% of all building energy and only occupies 3% of overall square footage, the clean room stands as one of the few in the nation used for undergraduate research.


ECE is not merely an instructional facility, but a sustainability showcase and campus icon embedding a strong sense of community among students, faculty, alumni and visitors. It provides a unique environment for hands-on research, enhancing educational opportunities, fueling innovative scientific breakthroughs and setting a new standard for energy efficient buildings.

Architect of Record



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

General Contractor

Williams Brothers Construction, Inc.


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