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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Freer Hall

Although the central feature looks like a fitness center, it is actually a first-of-its-kind, interdisciplinary research laboratory to study health, rehabilitation, and human movement.

The renovation will enable the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health to support new research and build on its national reputation for excellence.

Location
Urbana, Illinois
Scope of Services
Programming
Planning
Architecture
Interior Design
Certification

LEED Registered, designed to achieve LEED Gold

Size
37,410 SF

Construction Type
Renovation
Adaptive Reuse

LCM repurposed the pool building at UIUC’s historic Freer Hall to capture much-needed space for the College of Applied Sciences. The renovation provides infrastructure for advanced testing research facilities, including modular and adaptable dry test labs and a wet lab. Newly created classrooms and offices are part of the program.

An arrival space, featuring a three-story light well, is a visual anchor for visitors and expresses the new facility’s brand. A light and vibrant color palette provides a welcoming interior environment with privacy for research volunteers, faculty, and students. Reinventing horizontal and vertical circulation, the interior layout creates naturally-lit and intuitive paths. The design exceeds minimum accessibility standards and incorporates universal design elements.

All exterior modifications, including generous window openings that punctuate the monolithic brick masonry exterior, meet historic preservation standards.

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