University of Illinois to reopen oldest academic building

May 5, 2017 by  

Having undergone a renovation, which cost approximately $78m, a university building is now set to reopen.

The Natural History Building on the campus of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, is the oldest structure at the school, according to an article in the News-Gazette. It was built in 1892 and was forced to close in 2010 when structural problems were discovered. It was slated for renovation earlier, but the remodel time frame was moved up when the damage was found. Labs, offices, and classrooms were vacated and nearly half the building was shut down.

Since it was first built, there were several additions made to the building, but after this latest renovation, it will be much more up-to-date, boasting high-tech classrooms. Modern laboratories will have data ports installed along the hallways as well.

Professor Stephen Marshak, who teaches geology, described the building as a “crumbling relic” but adds that it has undergone “an amazing transformation”. He adds that approximately 1,500 students could go through the auditorium in the building daily.

The faculty is due to start moving back into the building after the commencement exercises on May 16. Classes in the building will resume in the fall.

Facilities like this can be given a boost by working with brochure printers to create catalogs that update prospective students about improvements on campus.