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The New BNAACC Project

New BNAACC Design

The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will soon have a new home on the Urbana campus. This new facility will replace the cherished house used by the African-American cultural center for almost 50 years.

To date, the project has received approval to construct the new facility at the corner of Mathews and Nevada, re-establishing the corridor of cultural centers that include the Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Native American House. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has committed to allocate $5.5 million to fund construction.

Since 2014, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center has been temporarily located at 51 East Gregory Drive, Champaign. The new center is expected to open on Mathews in 2019, and will reflect Illinois’s commitment to the retention and success of African American students, and the vitality of campus life.

Final Approved BNAACC Facility Design

Final designs for the new Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center facility were approved by the Board of Trustees at their May 11, 2017 meeting. View Image Gallery ...

BNAACC Schematic Design and Feedback Survey (March 2017)

We are collecting your thoughts about the new Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) facility. This survey will take about 5 minutes of your time. If you have additional thoughts there is space at the end of the survey to make brief comments. Please complete this survey after attending the Design Proposal Feedback Session on Wednesday, March 1 or viewing the Schematic Design.

Design Narrative (PDF) | Schematic Design Photo Gallery | Design Proposal Feedback Survey Form

BNAACC Design Proposal Presentations

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign)
10:30 am to 12 pm — Faculty and Staff
12 to 1:30 pm — Students (Lunch will be provided)

You are cordially invited to see the design proposals for the new BNAACC building presented by Interactive Design Architects. Two sessions will be offered for faculty/staff & students but both are open to everyone.


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