The newest residence hall at UIS will feature a green roof. This drawing shows the building from the southwest.
SPRINGFIELD – The U of I Board of Trustees today approved an increase of $967,677 in the cost of constructing a new residence hall at the University of Illinois at Springfield. That brings the total cost to $16,777,677 for the 200-bed structure that will open in fall 2008 and feature a green (grass) roof, the first such roof on a public building in Springfield.
The original architect/engineer's estimate of $15,810,000 for the project was approved by the Board in July 2006. But the bid for general work on the project from CORE Construction of Morton, Illinois included a "significant premium" to accelerate the construction in order to complete it by next fall. UIS officials expect enrollment will continue to go up, with records being set both this fall (4,855 students) and last fall (4,761 students). "UIS began enrolling freshmen in larger numbers in fall 2006, and we expect those numbers to continue growing each year," said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. There are 280 freshmen enrolled at UIS this fall, an increase of 27 freshmen over last fall.
Another reason for the increased cost of building the hall relates to the UIS administration's determination to make the campus more environmentally friendly. The first major step in that direction is a decision to put a green (grass) roof on the structure at a cost of $257,000. There will actually be three green roofs on the hall, one over the main housing area, another over the classroom area, and a third over the bookstore. According to Dave Barrows, UIS' executive director of facilities and services, the green roofs will provide significant energy savings over time.
The 61,984 gross-square-foot structure will house a bookstore to serve the entire campus, a grille that will seat 48-60 offering food service to the entire campus, and classroom facilities.
Ringeisen said that nearly 900 students now live on campus, in Lincoln Residence Hall and in several townhouses and apartment complexes. "We are experiencing a greater demand for on-campus housing, so this new residence hall will help meet that demand," he said.
The new three-story L-shaped residence hall will form a courtyard with Lincoln Residence Hall to the east and complement the architecture of the existing hall.
Designed by the Chicago-based firm of Loebl Schlossman Hackl Architects, Inc., the structure will comprise 22 single occupancy units, 84 double occupancy units, and six ADA accessible suites as well as five resident assistant suites and an apartment for the resident director.
The project will be funded with auxiliary services bond sales.