Resourceful design creates commercial and residential opportunities
The project site, located at the hub of campus life on Green Street, called out for revitalization. Prior to construction, the lower rise buildings were dilapidated and no longer suited for the busy intersection. With multiple eateries, housing options, retail and service offerings, this area has become one of the most developed areas in town. MSA’s vision for a 14-story, LEED® certified structure proved to be an excellent fit for the modern university landscape—and our team served as the single source for all design work.
Many projects are constricted by tight sites. With the Skyline Tower, the design flexibility often was measured in inches instead of feet. Construction space was limited because of the structure’s location on one of the most congested corners in Champaign and there was very limited surrounding space for staging. The structure was sited on a lot with no setbacks so there was no room to spare. MSA’s team coordinated efforts with the City, utility companies and the general contractor to achieve project goals while also keeping lane closures to a minimum.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students renting at Skyline Tower now have the best of both worlds. They enjoy living off campus and only have to walk a few blocks to participate in academic study or social activities. They’re also in close proximity to restaurants, bars and retail stores. And as an added bonus, their attractive apartments offer marvelous views of busy Green Street and the surrounding area.
A focus on sustainability
Skyline Tower encapsulates the community’s commitment to sustainability and green living through its green-designed features and its location, which promotes alternative transportation to all kinds of amenities.
The LEED®-certified building used regional and recycled materials, including concrete, metal framing, gypsum board and insulation. A glass façade offers open views of Green Street. Vision glazing, used for a large portion of the building, enhances views and provides daylight for most spaces, often from multiple angles. Additionally, the structure’s vegetative roof was the first of its type on the busy Green Street and a first for the client.
This project was completed by MSA Professional Services – Champaign, LLC.
Nick Wagner, PE
Senior Vice President, Buildings Service Line Lead