20, No. 8, Oct. 19, 2000
Trustees approve new site for Child
UIC News Bureau
The new child development
center will be located two doors down from the current Child Development
Lab at 1104 W. Nevada St., Urbana.
The Board of Trustees approved the site for the $5.2 million project
to expand the Child Development Laboratory at its meeting Oct. 12 in
The expansion will provide 22,500 square feet of additional space and
will serve 96 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years old.
The building will include classrooms, teacher offices, observation rooms,
a research room, kitchen, laundry and playground space.
The site for the expanded laboratory will be on land now occupied by
two UI-owned houses at 1003 and 1005 W. Nevada Street. A parking lot
behind those houses also will be consumed by the new building.
Trustee Susan Gravenhorst said she approves of the plan, but is concerned
about providing day care for infants. Chancellor Michael Aiken said
the idea of caring for infants was kept in mind while the project was
"The whole concept of the building has anticipated that variation,"
Construction funds are internal and the laboratory will be self-supporting,
said Robert Todd, associate vice president for administration and human
"I certainly think this is something that is needed," Trustee
Martha OMalley said.
Graduate students and others on campus have frequently asked for more
child care, particularly for infants. Last year students had a "baby-in"
to emphasize the need for more day care.
The plans for the new child development center were approved earlier
this year, but trustees asked the designers to take plans back to the
drawing board when the first recommended site what many consider
a historic grove of trees on campus sparked controversy and dissension.
This new site will not sacrifice one tree, according to the designers.
Aiken said the laboratory serves two functions: Its a day-care
center and a learning resource.
"It will provide opportunities for students to observe the children,"
Trustee Kenneth Schmidt said offering infant and child care can help
to attract and retain employees.
"It is an invaluable tool for retention and recruitment,"