TERRA and the design team worked alongside university staff to survey and develop the site for the state-of-the-art Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Facility. The ECE department is highly ranked and a cornerstone of the school; the goal of the proposed facility was to reflect that importance. The facility was designed with two key ideas, to provide a one-of-a-kind research and teaching facility where future leaders of the field are trained, while acting as a model of energy efficiency and sustainability.

The project won the 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN Award from the European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum. The LEED Platinum building boasts new innovative design ideas including concepts that improve the stormwater management of the surrounding sites, providing some relief to the university’s long time battle with stormwater. The building, when complete will supply electricity to the campus grid through the use of photovoltaic (PV) systems.

TERRA coordinated all permitting for sanitary and water through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), also securing permits from Illinois American Water and the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary district.

TERRA provided construction services for the project and held pre-construction meetings to discuss the new construction techniques and installation procedures necessary to guarantee the building and site were constructed as intended. TERRA understands the importance of a designer’s presence throughout the construction process and the impact it will have on the finished product.


University of Illinois


2012 Green GOOD DESIGN – European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum