Higher Education and PreK-12
IGW partnered with Perkins + Will Chicago and served as associate architect on the new 108,000 square foot Student Union at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Originally designed by the post-war educational architect, Ernest J Kump & Associates, the new Parkland College Student Union uses and adapts Kump’s “educational village” concept and distinct architectural vocabulary to create, for the first time, a distinctive “front door” to the campus.
The building consolidates student and administrative services that were formerly scattered around campus into one convenient location. The Student Union is a welcoming, open place filled with natural light, improved campus amenities, and flexible spaces for students, staff and visitors to meet and gather. The glass-walled entry pavilion serves as the focal point for the new building which also provides interior connections to the other existing campus wings.
This project is seeking a minimum of LEED Silver certification and will usher in a new standard of environmental stewardship for the College. From the responsible use of natural materials to energy efficient building systems, the design respects the educational village it serves and minimizes the Union’s environmental impact on the local and global community.