In response to a need to create a new entrance into their campus, Western Illinois University asked RATIO to create a welcome center that will introduce and orient visitors, as well as spur development at a critical intersection at the northern edge of their campus.
RATIO evaluated existing buildings to determine their suitability for redevelopment and proposed new construction to provide gallery, breakout spaces, and an Information Desk that serves as command central. The design accommodates logical growth of the building’s program. Likewise, the site is based upon the building’s success as well as the corner’s redevelopment. The large site, formerly accommodating a cinema and pizza restaurant, will be designed to communicate the University’s commitment to sustainable development.