Urbana, IL

University of Illinois, Campus Instructional Facility


The Grainger College of Engineering wanted a new academic building to promote collaboration, offer innovative technologies, and create active learning classrooms. The design for the four-story Campus Instructional Facility also incorporates innovative technologies, such as curtain walls that use smart controls to regulate daylighting. SGH consulted on the curtain wall design.

Working with the curtain wall contractor, SGH provided structural and building science consulting services to assist them with the curtain wall design. Highlights of our work include:

  • Collaborating with the curtain wall contractor, general contractor, and designers of record on the curtain wall design
  • Designing the aluminum curtain wall framing along with the steel‑reinforced mullions at the double-height wall along the feature stair/stadium seating in the atrium auditorium
  • Detailing connections to laterally support the curtain wall at the base building slab edge and accommodate building deflection and thermal expansion
  • Performing thermal analyses of the curtain wall assembly to compare the calculated values with the specified thermal properties

Project Summary

New Construction
Building Enclosures | Structures
Specialized Capabilities
Building Design | Building Science | Facades & Glazing

Key team members

Peter Babaian
Peter Babaian
Building Technology Division Head, Chicago
Connor Bruns
Connor Bruns
Senior Project Manager