Illini Hall Replacement and Altgeld Hall Renovation Project


The renovation of Altgeld and a new Illini Hall will provide students and faculty collaborative spaces that are essential for learning and discovery in the 21st century.

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The overall project shall provide the complete restoration of the existing Altgeld Hall and the replacement of the Illini Hall with a new facility to provide administrative and classroom space, as well as an innovative data science center. Investing in these spaces will benefit thousands of students and faculty members.  This project aims to completely restore Altgeld Hall to a level consistent with a world-class academic enterprise for the mathematics and statistics departments. All historical elements of the building will be identified and preserved as a part of this process. New mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, sprinkler and life safety systems, restrooms, and elevators will be provided, as well as structural, exterior envelope, and site modifications. Five separate Altgeld Hall renovation projects have been completed over time, and as a result, the building has numerous distinct levels connected by stairs or ramps. This project will improve accessibility by providing access to all building areas and minimizing the number of separate elevations. This renovation project will achieve LEED Silver, according to the U.S. Green Building Council guidelines.

The replacement of Illini Hall will provide a new world-class facility for mathematics and statistics departments. The building program will include an innovative data science center to connect the university’s data scientists with business, industry, and the community. This building will also provide administrative office and support spaces, multi-purpose gathering areas, and classrooms. This new building shall be minimum LEED Silver certified.  The decommissioning and removal of Illini Hall was completed this spring as part of phase one work. More information is available at


Illini Hall Replacement and Altgeld Hall Renovation ProjectDates
Phase 1 – Illini Hall DemolitionCompleted May 2023
Phase 2 – Altgeld Hall Exterior RestorationIn Progress
Phase 3 – New Illini Hall Construction*TBD
Phase 4 – Altgeld Hall Interior Restoration/Renovation*TBD

*Phases remain in design presently, and a construction timeline will be provided when available.

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