University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Award of Merit
This 230,000-square foot building was designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind, reaching a net zero energy rating and becoming arguably the most sustainable laboratory classroom in the world.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign consistently ranks amongst the top-five engineering programs in the country. Known for groundbreaking research and technological innovations, the department needed a new home that reflected the program prestige by becoming the most sustainable laboratory classroom in the world. The 230,000-square foot building was designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind, capable of eventually reaching a net zero energy rating. This is an incredible feat, considering the project size and the energy-intensive program, which includes a clean room.
This powerful, net zero energy building catalyzes the university's electrical and computer engineering programs. Learning environments are well-equipped, visually accessible, and thoughtfully arranged, enhancing the learning process.