Digital rendering for the new SCCIL building

South Campus Center for Interdisciplinary Learning


Set to open in 2025, a new, state-of-the-art building will help prepare Illinois students for futures of purpose and impact. A partnership between Gies Business and campus, this hybrid educational facility will be home to much-needed collaboration spaces, traditional and flexible classrooms, informal learning environments, content creation studios, as well as academic offices and support spaces.

The new South Campus Center for Interdisciplinary Learning (SCCIL; pronounced "skill") will provide an advanced, high-tech facility with programming space for learners on campus as well as advanced studio space for serving online students and courses. SCCIL will: 

  • Provide expanded studio space and recording capabilities to serve online courses and programs throughout campus.
  • Facilitate experiential learning and group work, as well as offer collaborative spaces for campus students.
  • Support enrollment growth with additional and much-needed larger classroom spaces for the south campus.
  • Provide needed office space for faculty and support staff in Gies College of Business that have increased to serve growing online programs.
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Building space for achievement and growth

Located in the heart of south campus, SCCIL will be home to spaces that will enable learners – both on campus and online – to achieve their potential. At just under 100,000 square feet, it will include: 

Classrooms

  • 1 auditorium that seats 200
  • 2 classrooms that seat 80
  • 4 classrooms that seat 60

Studios

  • 2 sound stages (40’x40’)
  • 5 blackbox studios
  • 6 control booths

 Offices and meeting rooms

  • 18 meeting and collaborative rooms of varying sizes
  • 84 office spaces 

The leading-edge online teaching studios will bring the educational power of the University of Illinois to the world. Classrooms and gathering spaces will provide the tools and technology learners need to discover ways to make a positive impact on the world. Flexible classrooms will allow quick transition from a lecture format to collaborative group interaction.

Located at 503 East Gregory Street in Champaign, SCCIL will be constructed between the Business Instructional Facility to the east and Huff Hall to the west.

Proposed Timeline

A visual representation of the timeline for the SCCIL construction
Mockup of SCCIL stairway interior

Design that blends tradition and innovation 

Vermilion Development and Campbell Coyle are the developers for SCCIL. As a partnership, they specialize in public-private partnerships like the SCCIL facility. As stated on their website, they specialize "in projects that invest in people, place, and public good.” They were the developer that oversaw the building of the Campus Instructional Facility.

LMN Architects (Seattle) and Booth Hansen Architects (Chicago) are the architecture firms for this project. Both firms have extensive experience creating university spaces that are forward-thinking while also paying tribute to the institution’s history. They worked together on the Computer Design, Research, and Learning Center at the University of Illinois Chicago. Booth Hansen was also architect for the Illinois Street Residences Dining + Student Center, Nugent Residence Hall, and Ikenberry Commons. 

Opportunities for donor support

SCCIL represents a Gies-campus partnership that will provide state-of-the art resources to prepare University of Illinois students for a future of success and leadership. If you would like to join this partnership with your financial support, please contact Rebecca Pagels, Associate Dean for Advancement. 

Expanded south campus parking

Construction of SCCIL will be on the current site of parking lot E12. To alleviate this loss of parking space in this part of campus, a new multistory parking structure will be built on the location of the current lot E15, the parking lot at Fourth and Pennsylvania across from the Law School. Preliminary design for the structure indicates that it will contain approximately 430 parking spaces, which exceeds the number currently available in both E12 and E15. Additionally, there will be approximately 170 surface parking spaces on the portion of E12 that does not contain this new structure. For more information on the progress of this new parking structure, see the Parking Department page.

All building renderings on this page ©LMN Architects