Parkland College / Student Union

Champaign , Illinois / United States of America

The campus, designed in the 1970’s by the post-war educational architect Ernest J Kump & Associates, was originally conceived as an “educational village” with a series of pavilions and circulating corridors. The student union provides, for the first time, a formal and iconic entry to campus for students and visitors alike. The new Student Union is all about connections. It brings together student services and amenities in one place, provides students and staff a common gathering space, and creates an internal linkage between three previously disconnected building wings. The new common space is a vision given form: a place to greet students and visitors alike, a space to gather in groups large and small, a showpiece for the college community. The Student Union has quickly become a “go to” destination on campus. Very much alive with activity, spaces are used for educational programs, karaoke, and places to gather in between classes. The open design allows natural light to permeate the space and for visitors to make visual connections to adjacent areas and the outdoors.

Architect of Record

Perkins+Will, Inc.

Associate Architect

iGW Architecture


Parkland College


  • Clark Dietz Engineers
  • Clark Dietz Engineers
  • Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews, LLC