UI trustees OK funds for Huff Hall addition

UI trustees OK funds for Huff Hall addition

The University of Illinois is moving forward with plans for a building addition that will provide more space for research in health, aging and disability.

The UI Board of Trustees approved a $15 million budget for an addition to Huff Hall for the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Trustees met on Friday via teleconference to consider several items held over from last week's regular meeting in Chicago.

Dean Tanya Gallagher said the College of Applied Health Sciences "has experienced significant growth over the last seven years – in the number of program majors and the amount of research – so we're facing a real challenge relative to space."

The north wing will add about 36,000 square feet for the college. It's expected to be completed in 2011.

The addition will be architecturally compatible to the current building, which dates back to the 1920s; it will essentially add another gabled wing, Gallagher said.

Part of the building, on the southeast corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street in Champaign, will house the new Center for Health, Aging and Disability. The college's new master's of public health program will also be housed in the addition.

"It's a great opportunity for us, for our students and for our agenda," Gallagher said. The college's mission is to essentially enhance and promote health and well-being.

The project will be funded by the campus' operating budget and from proceeds of a future sale of bonds. The college is also raising money for the project through its participation in the university's Brilliant Futures fund raising campaign.

The dean's office, as well as offices for the college's community health, public health and recreation, sport and tourism programs are currently housed in Huff Hall. The college also shares Huff Hall with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, specifically wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball.

Trustees on Friday also approved several other projects for the Urbana campus:

Memorial Stadium

Trustees OK'd the latest in a series of contracts with companies involved in renovating Memorial Stadium. Roessler Construction Co. of Rantoul was given a nearly $2 million contract for work related to building the Football Personal Performance Center. The center will house strength and conditioning training, locker rooms, office space and space for recruiting and meetings. Construction of the performance center is expected to begin in February and finish in August.

Soccer fields

Trustees approved a $1.8 million contract to Cooling Landscape Contractors of Cherry Valley to replace two soccer fields at Stadium Drive and First Street with synthetic turf. The contractors will also be responsible for erosion control, storm sewers, landscaping and other site work. Construction is expected to begin this month and continue through June.

Residence halls

Several contracts totaling more than $35 million were awarded to several companies that will be working on the new student dining building and the first wing of a residence hall in Champaign. The board approved the approximately $76 million project in July 2005 and started awarding construction contracts in September. Last week it approved naming the housing complex after former UI president Stan Ikenberry.

Water lines

Trustees approved a $1.2 million project to expand chilled water piping to Lincoln Hall, the Newman Center and English building. The project calls for extending water lines and replacing sanitary pipes and other lines. Construction is expected to begin this month and be finished in April.

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