The Colonnade

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A frequent backdrop for concerts, picnics and other events on campus and a favorite photo opportunity, The Colonnade represents the future aspirations of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) campus.

As part of the University Hall Building project, Hanson Professional Services also provided master planning and design for The Quad and The Colonnade. A presentation on the Quad design was made at the University of Illinois Springfield in February of 2004.

Construction of University Hall and the Colonnade

“The UIS colonnade includes a fountain and seating, and it serves as the campus’ symbolic center focal point along with the green spaces designed throughout the quad.”
– Hanson Professional Services

Construction of the Colonnade

The landscape of UIS changed forever when the University Hall Building opened in August of 2004 and The Colonnade was established as the north anchor of the Quad in June of 2005.

In just a few years, The Colonnade became the most photographed as well as “the picture” that tells everyone, “This is UIS.” It quickly became the major landmark of the university.

SJR Article on the Colonnade
Clipping from a State Journal Register article from the summer of 2005, when The Colonnade was completed.

The Colonnade is the focal point of the University’s quad. It is 23 feet high and consists of 12 pillars arranged in a circle 44 feet in diameter, and contains fountains that shoot water 20 feet into the air. The Colonnade includes a fountain and seating, and it serves as the campus’ symbolic center focal point along with the green spaces designed throughout The Quad.

Student Events

The Colonnade has continued to be the location for many student events, including Take Back the Night, Closet on the Quad, many different Springfest events, The Chancellor’s Picnic, Holi, Homecoming events, Holiday events and more.

Student Events at The Colonnade

Students Run Through Colonnade Fountain
As a tradition each year, international students run through the fountain in The Colonnade. The fountain is also a favorite place for the Cox Children’s Center as a place to cool off and have fun during hot summer days.

360° Photo Sphere from Inside the Colonnade

Navigate inside the image to look in all directions or view the image in Google Cardboard or another VR viewer.


City Ornament

The University of Illinois Springfield is proud that The Colonnade was chosen as the center piece of the 2010 St. Joseph’s Home Official City Ornament.

Each ornament is die-cut, hand-assembled, 24-karat gold-plated, and made in the U.S.A. No more than 5,000 of these ornaments were produced. Each comes with a signed and numbered certificate.

Proceeds from the annual ornament project support the mission and the ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception.

The 2010 St. Joseph’s Home Official City Ornament

The Colonnade During the Holidays