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Building for the Future

The University of Illinois Foundation has embarked on a mission to create a new, transformative center for philanthropy. This innovative center will celebrate the rich history of generosity at the University of Illinois, bring Foundation staff together from its two primary locations, and serve as a learning hub for the advancement community—all of which will help create an even brighter and altogether extraordinary future for the University of Illinois System.

Convenient Location

The building site is on the south side of the University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign campus, just west of the corner of Fourth Street and St. Mary’s Road. This convenient location is near athletic facilities, the Research Park, and the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Progress Update

Construction is underway! Watch this time lapse video to see some of the most recent progress on the project site. The Foundation’s new 60,000 square-foot building will feature a forward-thinking, flexible design that represents a modern work environment. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

Design/Build Team

After a competitive procurement process, the Foundation selected Perkins Eastman and Berglund Construction as their design/build partners. Project Management Advisors (PMA) has also been retained by the Foundation to provide consulting services. Berglund and Perkins Eastman have worked together on projects of similar scope before and have collaborative experience with the design/build project type.

The design/build team is seeking LEED certification with a gold rating. The team is also pursuing WELL certification, which includes strategies to enhance health and well-being through design interventions, operational protocols, policies, and commitment to fostering a culture of health and well-being.

Perkins Eastman is a global design firm founded on the belief that design can have a direct and positive impact on people ’s lives. The firm ’s award-winning practice draws on its 1,100+ professionals networked across 24 offices worldwide. By keeping the user’s needs foremost in the design process, the firm enhances the human experience across the spectrum of the built environment.

Berglund Construction is the general contractor for the project. Berglund is a family-owned and operated general contracting and restoration firm headquartered in Chicago, with offices nationwide. The firm prides itself on identifying best-fit approaches and creative solutions using advanced tools and technology to ensure projects reach their maximum potential. Berglund has provided their services on many significant campuses including the University of Illinois, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. Berglund has received national recognition, including the Construction Excellence Award from the U.S. General Services Administration and the National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Project Management Advisors, Inc. (PMA) is a real estate consulting firm focused on project implementation acting as the owner’s representative. We provide a range of business and technical expertise and experience in the development process, servicing clients in a wide variety of public and private sector industries, both locally and on a national level.


University of Illinois Foundation staff, colleagues, and friends gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony on May 9, 2022. The event was held on the building site near the corner of St. Mary's Road and Fourth Street in Champaign, Ill. and featured remarks from Foundation and campus leadership.

Naming Opportunities

Naming opportunities are available for the new UIF Headquarters that provide donors with a special way to leave a lasting mark at the University of Illinois. Whether you choose to put your name or the name of someone special on the building, the third-floor terrace, or a huddle space, there are several options available for this unique project. For more information contact: Edward F. Ewald, Executive Vice President, (217) 244-9409, ewald@uif.uillinois.edu.

A Growing Work Force

In the past 40 years, the Foundation’s work force has grown from 14 employees in 1974 to more than 170 employees today. The Foundation has always been headquartered in Champaign-Urbana, but the office space has changed many times. This timeline shows some of the progress and moves over the past four decades.

1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s In the 1960s the Foundation leased space in the Illini Union and called it their home for nearly 30 years. In 1974 the Foundation had 14 employees. By the early 1980s, growth resulted in the telemarketing operations moving to the “Old Veterinary Medicine Building.” But, when an academic unit needed to take over the space, the Foundation found itself moving this operation into leased space at 24 East Green Street, Champaign.By the late 1980s the Foundation had 90 employees.In 1986, Harker Hall, which was scheduled for demolition, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks in part to this designation, plans began forming for its renaissance and renovation to become the new home for UIF. After this historic and dramatic transformation of Harker Hall, the Foundation was able to move into this iconic space in 1992. For the first time in the organization’s history, all the Foundation’s employees—which at the time was 80 people—were able to work together under one roof.This renovation of this campus landmark was financed through the special generosity of Alan M. Hallene, William G. Karnes, Charles Marshall, Thomas A. Murphy, Gayl Simonds Pyatt, Maybelle Leland Swanlund, and B. Kenneth West.
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A look back at the history of Harker Hall and the University of Illinois Foundation History of Harker Hall and the Foundation
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