New ECE building wins international green design award

Sustainability has been an essential aspect of the ECE building since the beginning of its design process. It has been the goal to create a building that is a model of energy efficiency and sustainability.

Those efforts have now begun to bear fruit. The design for the new ECE building has received the Green Good Design Award from the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

SmithGroupJJR, the architecture firm for this project, enthusiastically joined in our vision for the new ECE building, and their design received this prestigious award. With construction well under way, we know that we will soon be able to witness firsthand the success of this design.

We know this award for the building will be matched by the accolades received by the research within the building. We continue to seek support from alumni and friends to help us achieve our fundraising goal. Visit the Building Campaign for ECE ILLINOIS site to “Do your bit.”

Interested in making a pledge over five years or want more information? Contact Beth Katsinas, Director of Advancement, at or (217) 265-6285.

If you are interested in joining our Alumni Board, please contact Sara Heier at (217) 265-4227.