Spurlock Museum

Champaign, IL

As a retainer Architect for the University of Illinois, Brook Architecture was assigned a feasibility study for an addition to Spurlock Museum, a history museum and active archive on the University’s Urbana-Champaign campus. Due to an expanding collection and a new museum studies program at the University, the Museum and its staff need almost double the square footage of the existing building to house expanded gallery space, archive storage, administrative offices and educational spaces.

To gain a thorough understanding of the museum’s and staff’s wish list for the new addition and reuse of the existing building, Brook Architecture toured the building with department heads and listened to the problems the staff members had with each existing space. Through a careful programming study Brook filtered the most important elements that needed to be incorporated into the new addition and presented the plan to the end users. Using BIM software to test layouts and facade concepts, Brook Architecture delivered a design solution that provided the additional space, efficiently re-used the existing space, provided the workflow the archivists needed, and integrated seamlessly with the existing building’s appearance and function.

The final feasibility report included schematic design drawings, supporting documentation from Brook Architecture’s engineer and cost consultants, and a rendering to use for fund-raising and marketing. The report was presented to the museum’s Board of Directors to encourage donor support for the project.