21, No. 2, July 19, 2001
Trustees update South Campus
Chamberlain, News Bureau Staff Writer
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interpretation of possible future development on the South
Campus based on an updated master plan is shown. Assembly
Hall is in the background and the South Research park is in
the upper left. Part of a suggested golf course is in the
The UI Board of
Trustees approved a new South Campus Master Plan two years ago, showing
how research fields and facilities for the College of Agricultural,
Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) would be moved further south.
At the time, there were hints but few specifics about potential uses
for much of the land that ACES would vacate.
At the boards July 12 meeting in Urbana, UI administrators provided
some of those specifics with a master plan update focusing on the 680
acres at the north end of the South Campus area. The land in question,
not all of which is currently owned by the university, is bounded by
St. Marys Road on the north, Lincoln Avenue on the east, Windsor
Road on the south, and Neil Street on the west.
The one major new need addressed in the 1999 plan was for a South Research
Park, which was located on 50 acres along the west side of First Street.
Building on that, the plan update makes clear on the first page that
supporting the needs of state and corporate partnerships for economic
development was "the driving force" for taking a fresh look
at planning for this area.
The focus shows in the plans set- aside of another 125 acres for
the technology park, those acres along the east side of First Street
and along the north side of Windsor Road. Another 110 acres southwest
of the South Research Park will be devoted to a mix of technology and
academic uses, with no plans to displace the cluster of academic and
related buildings west of First Street and north of Windsor Road.
About 95 acres along the west side of Lincoln Avenue will be devoted
to existing or future academic uses, and 10 acres adjacent to that will
be devoted to recreation needs. About 20 acres on the south side of
St. Marys Road, directly east of First Street and across from
the Assembly Hall, will be set aside for a hotel and conference center,
and possibly an alumni center.
At the center of it all, and bordering the east side of both the technology
park and the hotel/conference center, is 250 acres set aside for a championship-level
golf course which also would serve as a center of turf management
research for the College of ACES.
The plan also calls for saving a number of historic buildings within
the area, including the round barns, two dairy barns, a horse barn and
the Agronomy Seed House.
In other business concerning buildings and grounds, the board got a
preliminary look at designs for both the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications Building and the Post-Genomic Institute.
The NCSA Building will be located on the south side of Clark Street,
between Mathews Street and Goodwin Avenue, and north of the Thomas M.
Siebel Center for Computer Science. The design calls for a four-story
building of more than 130,000 gross square feet, which will face south
toward the Siebel building. With the closing of Main and Stoughton streets,
the space between the two buildings will form a small quad.
The plan for the Post-Genomic Institute calls for a three-story building
to be located on the north side of Gregory Drive, directly east of the
Morrow Plots, the universitys historic research field plot.
Previous plans for locating a parking garage and fire station at that
site were thrown out by the board following concerns from several researchers
about its effect on the Morrow Plots. Trustees were assured by Robert
Todd, associate vice president for administration and human resources,
that there were no similar concerns about this building.
The board heard from several speakers during its public comment time.
Among them was Maeve Reilly, a WILL staff member and president of the
Child Care Task Force for the campus chapter of the Association of Academic
Reilly outlined the ongoing concerns of faculty and staff members concerning
the availability and cost of child care. Though recognizing some positive
steps by the university in dealing with the issue, she noted that state
law concerning the UI has been interpreted by administrators as blocking
any prospect for subsidizing on-site child care. She urged that the
board ask counsel to draft an amendment to state legislation that would
The board approved the appointment of Paul W. Bohn, currently professor
of chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, professor in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science
and Technology and research professor in the Microelectronics Laboratory
in the College of Engineering, as interim vice chancellor for research
until the position is filled on a permanent basis. Bohn succeeds Tony
G. Waldrop who resigned. Bohns appointment is effective Aug. 21.