Res Hall Commons Project Supports Minority Empowerment

CHICAGO — Construction of a new $64 million residence hall has begun at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

The project is the third phase of a program to replace six residence halls at the university,
known informally as the ‘Six Pack,’ along with construction of a new dining and residential programs building.

The multi-phase program is being conducted to form the Stanley O. Ikenberry Commons at the University, aimed at transforming the area into a more modern, neighborhood-style student environment, officials stated.

St. Louis-based Clayco Inc., a full service real estate and design-build firm, will serve as the construction manager for the new five-story, 180,000-square-foot facility.

The project also involves demolishing the adjacent Forbes Hall building and the relocation and extension of site and central utilities.

Clayton officials said the 483-bed residence hall will have a masonry façade and feature rooms designed to provide space and privacy for the students, while continuing to foster a sense of community.

In addition to double and single suite units, the hall will include floor lounges, public meeting spaces and offices for student services.

The construction marks the first large-scale program the for the university that meets its new Minority and Female Business Enterprise participation goals, which encourages state agencies to purchase needed goods and services from businesses owned and controlled by minorities, females and people with disabilities.

The goal was recently increased from a minimum of four to 15 percent.

“As demonstrated by our ability to meet this admirable standard, Clayco is committed to helping minority and women-owned contractors to gain access to procurement opportunities,” said Steve Street, Clayco vice president and project executive.

The company is also working with the university and construction partners for “maximum sustainability” and energy efficiency, with plans to pursue LEED Silver or Gold certification.

Construction, which began in May, is schedule for completion in June 2013.

Project Team:
Project Executive: Steve Street
Project Manager: Chad Derus
Project Superintendent: Frank Wiza
Project Director: Scott Murnick
Architecture of record: FGM
Design Services: Mackey Mitchell Architects
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer: KJWW Engineering
Structural Engineer: Rubinos & Mesia Engineers