Updates at Levis Center continue with help of construction services
It’s out with the old and in with the new as the renovation of the Levis Faculty Center moves on. The continued upgrading of the dated 1970s-built Levis Faculty Center into modern office and meeting space is one of F&S’ current projects.
The Illinois Program for Research (IPRH) in the Humanities moved to the fourth floor of Levis last summer after Capital Programs managed the $1.1 million remodeling of that area. This spring, Construction Services coordinated smaller-scale, third-floor renovations, converting bar space and a commercial kitchen into meeting rooms and updating the larger main area. The new space will be available for general campus use.
“The Levis Center used to be an event space for everyone on campus, so I’m sure all those people who were using it are glad to have it back,” said Nancy Castro, associate director of IPRH, whose office used Levis meeting space in the past.
The renovation included the removal of a commercial kitchen and a bar; and the installation of new ceilings, lighting, carpeting, doors, furniture, IT data/power outlets, and audio/visual equipment as well as an updated HVAC system.
“I feel really good about our work, and everyone is thrilled,” said Construction Project Coordinator Rick Gallivan, who collaborated with 25 F&S shops and/or departments in completing the project under budget and on time.
Next up for Levis is remodeling the second floor, which will begin in the fall, again under the coordination of Construction Services.
“Levis has a unique design and layout,” Gallivan said. “There are a lot of two-story areas on each floor, and there are lots of windows. It’s an attractive building, it was just dated.”