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Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus | Phase II

Project description

Phase II of WIU’s Riverfront Campus is a state-of-the-art, 95,000 SF project, which includes three separate structures. Each building is interconnected by two enclosed pedestrian bridges, which not only provides unique views of the campus and Mississippi River but assists with climate control within the building as well.

This LEED Silver certified project incorporated a number of “green” building features such as vegetative roofing, various forms of permeable paving, lighting and building controls, and strategically placed windows allowing for efficient use of natural daylight.

As with any educational project, timing and schedule was of paramount importance to the client. Even though Bush Construction dealt with the challenge of constructing during one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, they were able to enclose the project, modify the original plan, and continue working without having to sacrifice quality. The project team also worked with the school and its vendors to provide a phased turnover of the spaces to facilitate their furniture and equipment deliveries and installation.

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