IGW designed the new Spiritual Life Center for Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, Illinois as part of the planned northerly expansion of the existing campus. The Center serves as a place for worship, spiritual reflection and healing for the children and hosts many of the agency’s educational, social and fund raising activities. Anchoring the facility is the Chapel of Hope, a large multi-purpose worship and gathering space. The building also includes a pre-event space, smaller prayer room, alumni heritage room, catering kitchen and office space for the community relations and development staff.
Prominently sited on the north edge of the original campus, the form and materiality of the building reference the adjacent mid-20th century architecture while establishing design standards and quality benchmarks for future development. Site development features a covered drop-off at the facility entrance as part of a roundabout designed to enhance the safety and efficiency of campus vehicular circulation.