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New school buildings across U.S. feature IMEG design and services



The $47.9 million historic renovation of the 125-year-old Natural History Building at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is one of several IMEG projects in the higher education and K-12 markets across the U.S. that have opened for, or will open during, the 2017-18 school year.


The student commons area inside the University of Illinois’ Natural History BuildingIMEG provided MEP, fire protection, and technology design for the 153,500-square-foot Natural History Building project, which will pursue LEED Gold certification. The building houses the School of Integrative Biology and the School of Earth, Society and Environment, and a 6,000-square-foot open courtyard space is in-filled with new multi-story areas for laboratories, classrooms and building infrastructure.


Other IMEG education projects debuting in the 2017-18 school year include:


  • Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College’s $33 million arts and sciences collaboration project in Gary, Ind. IMEG provided MEP and fire protection design, as well as energy modeling, for the new, 160,000-square-foot shared building that will include classrooms, a state-of-the-art theater, spaces for arts programs, and a science wing with fully-equipped wet and dry laboratories. The facility is pursuing LEED Silver certification.
  • A new, 116,000-square-foot health sciences center at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill., placing all the college’s health programs under one roof. IMEG provided MEP, fire protection, and technology design for the $32 million project, which is seeking LEED Silver certification. Also opening on the campus is the 61,000-square-foot renovation and 21,000-square-foot addition to Classroom Building 1. IMEG provided MEP and fire protection design, along with energy modeling for the $16.7 million project that will pursue LEED Gold certification.
  • The University of Wisconsin – River Falls’ new, $60 million Falcon Center, which combines the college’s health and human performance, athletics, and recreation programs into one state-of-the-art facility. The 160,000-square-foot athletic center features a competitive NCAA basketball arena, hockey support areas and concessions, a weight lifting area, recreational gymnasiums, classrooms, and office space. IMEG provided MEP and technology design, energy modeling and acoustics services.
  • The new, $30 million Center for the Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry at Valparaiso University. The building received a $150,000 energy rebate through Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s Building Energy Efficiency Program for saving 954,533 kilowatt hours and 80,681 therm during construction. The 55,000-square-foot STEM center houses an interdisciplinary lab for student-faculty research. IMEG provided MEP, fire protection, structural and technology design.
  • The new Victory Center at Alamo College in San Antonio, Texas. The $7.6 million facility will provide services to students who are veterans and active military personnel, and will become the new “front door” to the campus. IMEG provided MEP and technology design.
  • Great Hearts Academies’ new $13 million North Phoenix (Ariz.) Campus. The new charter school campus provides K-12 students and staff with new classrooms, administrative spaces, a gymnasium, science labs, libraries, art studios, and music and drama rooms. The site also features a full football filed. IMEG provided MEP and fire protection design.
  • Anna Independent School District’s third elementary school in Anna, Texas. The new, 86,000-square-foot school is designed for 750 Pre-K through fifth grade students. IMEG provided MEP and technology design.
  • The new, 370,000-square-foot Olathe West High School in Olathe, Kansas. The school is designed to function like a college campus, providing students with flexible, blended-learning classrooms, an exercise room, and maker spaces to enhance the learning experience. IMEG provided commissioning services for the $82 million school.
  • Illinois Central College’s new North Campus Student Center in Peoria, Ill. The $11.2 million, 34,000-square-foot, two-story building connects all four existing academic buildings and houses a library, tutoring center, bookstore, conference spaces, dining space, and offices for student clubs. IMEG provided MEP, fire protection, and technology design.
  • Wassaja Residence Hall at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. IMEG provided MEP, fire protection and technology design for the $58.8 million, 155,000-square-foot hall that can house almost 500 students. Wassaja also features a public art installation as part of the State of Illinois’ Art-in-Architecture program. The project is pursuing LEED Gold.