Architect firm moving to M2

Architect firm moving to M2

CHAMPAIGN — Ratio Architects will move its Champaign office to the first floor of the M2 on Neil building this summer.

The company has been housed in the former Stipes Printing building at 10 Chester St., C — immediately north of the Champaign City Building — since 2005.

Ratio will occupy about 2,000 square feet on the south side of the M2 breezeway, opposite BankChampaign, according to Rebecca Motley, vice president of One Main Development.

Ratio was the firm that designed the M2 building at 301 N. Neil St., C.

"We are very excited to be moving our offices into a building we designed," said Ed Scopel, studio leader for Ratio in Champaign.

"Our current lease on Chester Street expires soon, so we took that opportunity to explore some options," he said. "Ratio has always been firmly committed to maintaining our office in downtown Champaign, and we enjoy the activity and interaction that comes with a first-floor location."

Ratio, which also has offices in Indianapolis, Chicago and Raleigh, N.C., offers services in architecture, preservation, interior design, landscape architecture and urban planning.

The building at 10 Chester St. was sold in April to CMT Central Illinois Properties, 6 Taylor St., C. An attempt to reach CMT President Carlos Nieto for comment on plans for the building was unsuccessful.

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jdmac44 wrote on May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

I don't know if that's a good move for an architecture firm, that has to be the ugliest building in the country.

Nice Davis wrote on May 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Uglier than all the cookie cutter subdivisions on the fringe of town with their garages prominently displayed? Give me a break.

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on May 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

At least there is some H2O incorporatd with the cookie cutter scheme--even though the construct is just as bad from a residential viewpoint.

Nice Davis wrote on May 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Yes, if only all new downtown construction was accompanied by large retaining ponds...then downtown Champaign could experience the twin wonders of mosquitos and goose poop at the same time!

Ryder wrote on May 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Smart move on their part. By moving inside, they no longer have to look at the hideous outside all day long.

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on May 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Ditto to an ugly building; zero visual sensitivity uptown sidetown aroundtown.  Downtown is permanently a "down" town.