Illinois Wesleyan University, Hansen Student Center

Bloomington, IL | 2002

This project has transformed the existing Memorial Gymnasium into a vital center for the campus community. The 32,000 s.f. adaptive reuse of this Neo-Classical structure creates a variety of flexible interior and exterior environments to support student life and encourage interaction with faculty.

The program includes a central, two-story, sky-lit space, flexibly designed for a variety of uses, a coffee house, campus bookstore, convenience store, spaces for student organizations and student government, and a grille/bar that opens directly to a new west patio.

The existing building envelope has been fully restored, while the architectural vocabulary of the newly inserted mezzanine and program elements create a theatrical stage set. The two-story lobby is a beacon at night, attracting students and faculty and activating this important campus precinct.


  • Square Footage: 32,000 s.f.
  • Construction Cost: $7,100,000
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Shepley Bulfinch Team

John Christiansen
Thomas Kearns
Jeanne Carey
Bruce Cole
Lesia Ilnytzky
Shaun Landon
Corina Martinez
Derek Noble
Stephen Rose
Christopher Waltz
Hai Wang
Jordan Max
Danielle Tappis



  • 2005 Facility Design Award of Excellence, Association of College Unions International (ACUI)

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