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updated May 11, 2017

Design of new UI cultural center unveiled | News-Gazette

Final designs for the new $5.5 million Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will be presented to UI trustees when they meet in Springfield next week. more....

BNAACC Design Proposal Presentations, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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.

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)

Design Feedback Session, January 19, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the following sessions to give your feedback to the professional design team (Interactive Design Architects - firm website) that will be creating the layout for the new BNAACC building. There will be two feedback sessions for faculty/staff as well as students, but please attend the session based on your availability as both sessions will be the same. We have limited time to collect feedback from campus, and this is your opportunity to give that feedback.

All feedback sessions will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the following times:

Faculty/Staff Feedback session from 10–11:30am (for faculty/staff, but open to all)

Student Feedback session from 11:30am–1pm (for students, but open to all)

All sessions will be held at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, located at 51 East Gregory in Champaign.

Illinois School of Architecture Alumna Dina Griffin (BSAS 1986) and IDEA to Design New Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on Campus | Illinois School of Architecture

Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) has been selected to design the rebuilt Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. The firm is led by Illinois architecture alumna Dina Griffin (BSAS, 1986).

Griffin told the campus News Bureau that “When we got the call that we were short-listed, I said, ‘Somebody pinch me.’ To be able to design a new cultural center on a campus where my education as an architect began is priceless.”  more....

Architect Selected for Nesbitt Center Construction Project | News Bureau

Interactive Design Architects, a Chicago-based architecture firm, has been selected to design the rebuilt Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Originally located at the intersection of Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street in Urbana, the center occupies temporary quarters at 51 E. Gregory Drive, but will be rebuilt at its original site.  more...

Former Site is New Site for Campus’s African-American Cultural Center | News Bureau

The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center building will be torn down and replaced with a new building at the same Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street location.

Campus leaders have promised $4.9 million to fund the construction of a new BNAACC building, expected to open in 2018.

The decision to keep the center at its current location was made recently by the chancellor's Capital Review Committee. The committee's decision does not need U. of I. Board of Trustees approval because the site already is included in the campus master plan.  more...

New African-American Cultural Center Coming to UI | News-Gazette

A new cultural center for African-American students at the University of Illinois, who have been using temporary quarters since their original home closed for safety reasons last year, is scheduled to open by 2018.

The campus has committed $4.9 million to build a new Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American Cultural Center, which was founded in 1969 and later named for its longtime director.  more...