Most students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign eventually attend a class in Lincoln Hall, a century-old building situated prominently on the quad. A recent renovation has improved energy efficiency, streamlined circulation, increased usable space and enhanced the learning environment, all while protecting the building’s early-20th-century COST PER SQ FT$358.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation flair. Building systems were retrofitted to meet LEED gold standards, and original features were restored or reused whenever possible. An elaborately accented theater and the cavernous Memorial Hall were restored to their original luster.
First-floor classrooms were reworked with modern audiovisual systems and seating configurations, while retaining original wood doors and other accents.
Upgrades to the theater’s cable mechanisms, which once took up portions of all four floors, created new space that was retrofitted for classrooms, offices and research.
Skylights transformed the fourth floor from a dark, cluttered storage space into a well-lighted work environment containing office cubicles and private student-advising rooms.
A new three-story glass vestibule jutting from the building’s east side toward the interior courtyard gives every floor a sunny lounge area with views of the two refurbished courtyards.