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UIUC Siebel Center for Design

Champaign, IL
  • Photo credit: Sam Fentress.

This campus hub for design-based learning features classrooms, design studios, 9,000 sf of collaboration spaces, and about 5,000 sf of fabrication facilities. Other interior spaces include a gallery, a café, and an amphitheater. A central atrium and a sloping walkway facilitate circulation.

The building’s structural system is designed to complement its pavilion-like vision. Silman used long structural spans and exposed structural steel framing throughout to create an open and flexible academic environment. Deep roof overhangs, including twin 30-foot cantilevered steel canopies that highlight the main entrances, suffuse the interior with natural light while mitigating solar heat gain. The new Siebel Center is LEED Gold certified.

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