Athletics and Recreation
IGW partnered with HNTB Kansas City and served as associate architect on the Memorial Stadium expansion and renovation project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Comprehensive programming, master planning, design and construction phase services were provided over a two year period. The project included a new end zone seating bowl, a new west tower addition with indoor and outdoor club seating, luxury suites and press level and updating of all fan concourses with new concessions, restrooms, and amenities.
The unique tower design expands both vertically and horizontally within the existing landmark building which allowed the preservation of all historic elements and provides an unusually intimate spectator viewing experience for a stadium of this size. Planned work phases continued year round to minimize the overall construction period while still allowing football games to be played each fall. Owner-advocate construction management and multiple bid packages were employed for fast-tracking this complex project to completion.