In October of 2016, Urbana School District 116 approved IGW’s schematic design for the expansion and renovation of Yankee Ridge Elementary School in Urbana, Illinois. The 16,300 SF expansion will include a new gymnasium, three fine arts classrooms and kitchen/serving facilities. The 40,600 SF existing building will be selectively renovated including the installation of a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. An eight-classroom addition will also be designed and bid as an alternate for the conversion of Yankee Ridge from a 2-strand to a 3-strand K-5 school. Separate on-site bus and parent drop-offs and expanded staff and visitor parking will complete the project on its site.
IGW is designing the new Education and Recreation Center for Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, Illinois for a summer 2017 construction start. Cunningham is an exemplary child welfare and educational services agency that provides caring support and therapeutic intervention to close to 300 children, youth, young adults, and their families each year. The 50,240 SF, state-of-the-art building will house the existing residential and day school programs and consolidate campus dining and recreational facilities under a single roof. Site work will include new drives, walks, outdoor play areas, site lighting and landscaping.
IGW Architecture in association with Perkins + Will, architects from Chicago, and O’Shea Builders, construction managers from Springfield, was selected in January 2016 to assist Champaign Unit 4 School District with their pre-referendum conceptual facility programming and planning. A collaborative planning process ensued which engaged District representatives, government officials and at large community and business members in developing recommendations to meet the District’s long term facility needs. As a result, various project initiatives were conceived, vetted, prioritized and included in a $183.4 million referendum package which decisively passed in November 2016.
The phased renovation of the Urbana High School Dining Hall starts summer of 2015. IGW redesigned 11,000 square feet of existing kitchen and dining area at the high school to provide a modern food service operation with an emphasis on the safe, efficient and sustainable storage, preparation and serving of the food. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, the new kitchen and servery will deliver a broader range of menu options and healthier, higher quality food to the students. The old commons area has been reimagined not only as a dining venue but also as a high energy community hub where students, faculty and parents can congregate, socialize and participate in a variety of ancillary activities.
The IGW-designed Fitness Center and Community Room expansion at the Regatta Condominium Residences in Chicago, Illinois opens in July of 2015. The new 3,700 square foot facility provides Regatta residents with a modern, high amenity fitness environment including state-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment. A separate floor exercise studio is provided for individual or group yoga, Pilates, tai chi, etc. The project also doubles the size of the existing community room to 2,400 square feet which increases the venue’s event capacity and storage, adds a bar/buffet line and enhances access and view to its outdoor, riverfront deck.
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s Bus Storage and Maintenance Facility expansion receives IDOT approval, construction starts in April of 2015. The IGW-designed project involves demolition of the 801 East University building and expansion of the existing maintenance facility at 803 East University in Urbana, Illinois. A 67,600 square feet addition will be constructed so that MTD can wash, store and maintain their entire fleet indoors, critical for keeping vehicles in good repair and operational condition particularly during winter. An existing mezzanine will also be expanded by 20,900 square feet to consolidate all training for bus operators, technicians, service workers and support staff at the facility.