College of LAS « Illinois

Building projects

In the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, we're focused on finding solutions to the world's challenges and propelling the bright minds who learn, teach, and conduct research on our campus each day.

An important ingredient in this interdisciplinary and world-changing work: Providing well-equipped, modern building spaces that enhance this mission.

Several ongoing building projects create classrooms as flexible as the young people learning within their walls. They make our labs and research facilities tools that allow for groundbreaking discoveries. And, they honor our college's 100-plus year history as both the intellectual and physical heart of campus, the college occupies eight buildings on the Quad. Alumni, friends, and corporate partners are crucial in helping us.

The $66 million Lincoln Hall renovation is a model for this work. The building now features modern offices and classrooms while still showcasing historic features. As a part of the project, generous donor support provided funding for the Lincoln Scholars Initiative by naming spaces throughout the building, and opportunities to do so are still available. For more information about how you can contribute, contact the LAS Office of Advancement.

Altgeld and Illini Halls

Altgeld Hall

The University of Illinois is embarking on a project to restore and renovate both Altgeld Hall and its neighbor across Wright Street, Illini Hall. Funds from the state, campus, and private donors will support the projected $90-100 million cost of the renovations.

This project will renovate both Altgeld and Illini Halls. It will create 22,000 square feet of new or modernized classroom space and 11,000 square feet of space for growth for the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics, an increase of 25 percent. Increased capacity and modernized learning spaces will benefit all Illinois students who study in these buildings.

And though both Altgeld and Illini Halls will be modernized, the project also focuses on restoration. Learn more about the Altgeld and Illini Hall renovation.

The Natural History Building

The Natural History Building.

A $70 million renovation has transformed the Natural History Building, which houses all programs within the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, and the teaching programs in the School of Integrative Biology. The project wouldn't have been possible without private support, and opportunities remain to name a space within this campus landmark. Read more about the project.