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University of Illinois to start construction on ECE building

20 Nov 2011 (Last Updated November 20th, 2011 18:30)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US is planning to break ground on the $95m Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) building in late 2011.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US is planning to break ground on the $95m Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) building in late 2011.

The new 230,000ft2 facility, designed by SmithGroup, will feature classrooms, teaching and research laboratories including an instructional clean room, an auditorium, and faculty and administrative offices, and student gathering areas.

It will also house laboratories for research into thin film and charged particles, optical physics and electromagnetism, along with spaces for the university’s power and energy systems, materials research, remote sensing, and space sciences groups.

Sustainable features in the building include a terracotta rainscreen cover, an R-30 thermal envelope and 30% overall glazing, while exterior shading devices will be installed to offer greater daylight and reduced energy use.

The ECE building will have a net zero energy design that will enable it to supply 100% of its energy demands by incorporating renewable energy systems after construction.

The building is expected to secure LEED Platinum certification.

The construction work on the new academic building is scheduled to be completed in 2014.