ISR Renovation and Addition Project

The Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR) has entered its third year undergoing a renovation that will transform the living, dining and programmatic space in this 53-year old building on Green Street.

The project involves approximately 316,300 square feet in renovation and new construction that will increase dining capacity, improve building efficiency and sustainability, and showcase a vibrant residential experience to students, parents, and guests who visit campus. Booth Hansen architects and Bakergroup food service consultants have partnered with University Housing to design the multimillion dollar renovation and addition project which begins with Phase One — Dining and Programmatic Space — May 2018 through August 2020 and Phase Two — Student Rooms — May 2019 through August 2020. 

Phase One's design emphasizes open spaces and natural light, and large windows provide a glimpse into activity inside the building from the street. New dining space on the first level will increase seating from 750 to 1385, and it is designed around nine micro-restaurants with a wide-range of options and cuisine offerings. Lower-level programmatic space features a promenade-style "main street" interior walkway with garage doors opening into engaging community spaces such as a tea bar, Innovations Living-Learning Community garage, multi-purpose rooms, a fitness center, meditation room, and University Counseling Center satellite office. Phase Two renovations feature new paint and flooring in student rooms and common areas, new room furniture, electrical upgrades, climate control installation, energy-efficient windows, and individual-use bathrooms.    

View Phase One Progress Video 

Living in ISR

Residents will live in Townsend Hall during the 2020-2021 academic year. Wardall Hall will be closed for renovation.

Phase One amenities, including the ISR Dining Center and community programmatic spaces, will open August 2020.

Work Hours 

Summer Work Hours: 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Academic Year Work Hours: 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 

Over fall, winter, and spring break, work hours will begin as early as 7 a.m. Some weekends may also be required.