Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

The Beckman Institute was designed by the Smith Group. The research facility was completed in 1989 and is located in Champaign.

BUILDING HISTORY:
In 1985, with the idea of using private resources to contribute to new large-scale science projects, which resulted in two committees, Arnold O. Beckman and his wife Mabel made the largest donation given to the University of Illinois. The Illinois legislature appropriated $10 million toward the costs of the project during its fall 1985 session. In addition, the university and the state of Illinois pledged to support the continued operations and maintenance of the Institute. The great amount of donation was a gift that led to the construction of the institute, which opened in 1989 as one of the first research centers in the world dedicated to interdisciplinary research.

PROJECT INTENTION
The building was designed keeping the primary purpose of research in mind. Beckman Institute provides access to state of the art technology, encouraging young scientists and engineers from various disciplines to explore new horizons and expand their knowledge.

BUILDING TYPE + PROGRAM
Beckman Institute is designed for the purpose of being a multi-disciplinary research institute. However it also contains many necessities of a modern research institute. The building program includes labs, seminar halls, lobbies, communications office, Information Technology Services (ITS), and a Café along with Catering Services.

SMITH GROUP JJP:
Smith Group was established in Detroit in 1853 by architect Sheldon Smith. Along with Luckett and Farley, it is the longest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the United States. In 2011, the firm incorporated its sister firm, JJR, into its current name.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY:
The firm’s design philosophy is about sustainability. With the green design as its topic, there is a variety of sustainable features that Smith Group would involve-high-performance building envelope, energy modeling, daylight analysis and natural ventilation—to most of their other projects.

AWARDS RECEIVED:
• Award of Merit- Interior Design-Virginia Society American Institute of Architects
• Interiors Award-American Institute of Architects-Potomac Valley Chapter
• Distinction Award- Project in Progress-Design Build Institute of America-Western Pacific region
• Citation of Merit- Interior Architecture- AIA- Chicago Chapter
• Best of Michigan Construction Award- Construction Association of Michigan Magazine

COMPLETED PROJECTS
• Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care, Chicago, IL
• U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado
• Chandler City Hall, Arizona
• Campus Master Planning and Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan
• National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

Images

Beckman Institute "Topping Out," 1987

Beckman Institute "Topping Out," 1987

Wide angle view of the steel framework of the Beckman Institute during construction. This image comes from the day of the 'topping out' ceremony. Image courtesy University of Illinois Archives. Copyright University of Illinois Board of Trustees View File Details Page

Arnold and Mabel Beckman, 1985

Arnold and Mabel Beckman, 1985

Image courtesy University of Illinois Archives. Copyright University of Illinois Board of Trustees View File Details Page

Beckman Institute with Stephen Luecking's "Upwells"

Beckman Institute with Stephen Luecking's "Upwells"

Image courtesy University of Illinois Public Affairs. Copyright University of Illinois Board of Trustees View File Details Page

Beckman Institute

Beckman Institute

Image courtesy University of Illinois Public Affairs. Copyright University of Illinois Board of Trustees View File Details Page

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Sunghoo Kang, Salman Sheikh, and Yifang Xu, “Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology,” ExploreCU, accessed July 24, 2017, http://explorecu.org/items/show/277.
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