ISR Renovation and Addition Project

Starting May 2018, the Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR) will be undergoing renovation that will transform the dining and programming space in this 53-year old building on Green Street.

The project will involve approximately 117,000 square feet in renovation and new construction that will increase dining capacity, improve building efficiency and sustainability, and showcase a vibrant residential experience to students, parents and guests who visit campus. Booth Hansen architects and Bakergroup food service consultants have partnered with University Housing to design the $69 million renovation and addition project which begins in May 2018 and is expected to last through summer 2020. 

The design emphasizes open spaces and natural light, and large windows provide a glimpse into activity inside the building from the street. New dining space on the first level will increase seating from 750 to 1385, and it is designed around nine micro-restaurants with a wide-range of options and cuisine offerings. Lower-level programming space features a promenade-style walkway with garage doors opening into engaging community spaces such as a tea bar, Innovations LLC garage, multi-purpose rooms, a fitness center, meditation room, and University Counseling Center satellite office.   
  
Residents will continue to live in ISR throughout construction. Dining Services is planning a limited on-site dining option in ISR with additional all-you-care-to-eat temporary dining locations in the Illini Union.