Electrical & Computer Engineering Building

Champaign, Illinois



Project Overview

The ECE Building is designed to be one of the largest net-zero energy building of its kind in the country, and includes countless features to help meet that goal. It’s accomplished LEED Platinum certification.

Solar arrays on the building’s roof, as well as on the roof of a nearby parking structure, will provide electricity. The building also features several passive heating and cooling features, including a distinctive terra cotta exterior and sun shades. A chilled-beam heating and cooling system is also incredibly energy-efficient.

The building’s fourth-floor Advanced Power Applications Lab allows faculty members and gradu­ate students roof access to conduct research with the building’s solar panels, as well.

This project was completed by Williams Brothers Construction Inc. (WBCI) in 2014.

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Over the past ten years, I have worked with Williams Brothers Construction Inc. (WBCI) on two larger projects at my district.  Our Biosolids project that was completed in 2012 was valued at $26 million and our Biological Improvements project, to be completed later this year, is valued at $50 million.  WBCI and our team worked… Read More “Biosolids and Biological Improvements”

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His ability to dissect and accurately interpret drawings

Speaking from the project owner’s perspective, WBCI’s field superintendent Phil Esther has met and exceeded expectations on ISU’s Athletic Practice Facility.  His ability to dissect and accurately interpret drawings complemented by his attention to detail and extensive hands-on experience have been a great benefit to our project.  Phil has the communication skills necessary to effectively… Read More “His ability to dissect and accurately interpret drawings”

Kyle Fisher
Project Manager, Construction Services | Illinois State University - Facilities planning, Design and Construction