University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Freer Hall

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

Designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification

Size
37,410 SF

Construction Type
Renovation
Adaptive Reuse

Freer Hall is repurposing an existing pool facility to capture much-needed space. This also provides infrastructure for state-of-the-art testing research facilities, including modular and adaptable dry test labs and a wet lab.

An arrival space, featuring a three-story light well, is a visual anchor for visitors and the focal point for branding the new facility. Adopting a light and vibrant color palette, the interior architecture provides a welcoming environment with privacy for research volunteers, faculty, and students.

All exterior modifications, including generous window openings that punctuate the monolithic brick masonry exterior, meet historic preservation standards. The design exceeds minimum accessibility standards, incorporating universal design elements – most notably in elevators, floor surface levels, furniture selection, and the metabolic kitchen.