Grand Opening Celebration

Grand Opening Celebration

CEE Building and Kavita & Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge

Friday, April 29, 2022


301 N. Mathews Ave. | Urbana, Illinois


(Subject to change. Check back regularly for updates. Click here to see printed program.)

2:00 p.m. 

Under the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge on Main Street, between Newmark Lab and the new CEE building (301 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana)
With special guests planned including UIUC President Timothy L. Killeen, Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris, Dean Rashid Bashir and remarks by CEE Department Head Ana Barros.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Guests are invited to take self-guided tours of the new building and visit named spaces on each floor for individual photo opportunities.  Ribbons and scissors will be available near the drink stations on each floor to use as photo props.

In addition to the main building ribbon cutting ceremony, a separate ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for each floor. Each floor's donors and named space honorees are invited to join the group photo for their floor(s) at the following times:

Basement - 3:30 p.m.  |  First floor - 4:00 p.m.  |  Second floor - 4:30 p.m.
Smart Bridge - 5:00 p.m.  |  Third Floor - 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Classroom (Room 3019)
Beginning at 3:00 p.m., a series of presentations will take place in the Transportation Classroom. Guests are invited to attend any sessions of interest. Times and speakers noted below. Note that floor ribbon cuttings will be held concurrently.

3:00 p.m. - Overview of the Vernon L. Snoeyink Water Chemistry and John T. Pfeffer Sanitation and Resource Recovery Labs, by assistant professor R.D. Cusick

3:30 p.m. - Understanding water in the natural and built environment: Overview of the Water Resources Engineering and Science Labs, by assistant professor Rafael Tinoco Lopez 

4:00 p.m. - Learn about the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge, by professor Bill Spencer's structural engineering students  

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the bridge and third floor gathering spaces.



Free parking will be available in the B-22 parking lot, at the corner of University Ave. and Goodwin Ave. (entrances on W. Clark St. and N. Harvey St.). Limited metered parking is available on Mathews Ave., Goodwin Ave. and other nearby streets.
Download parking map


CEE has arranged special rates with the following hotels. Make sure to provide the block name when booking your room.

Hampton Inn Urbana-Champaign
1200 W. University Ave.  |  Urbana, IL 61801
Block name: Civil & Engineering Group
$175+tax/services per night
Last day to book: March 29, 2022
Call to book your room: (217) 337-1100

TownePlace Suites Champaign Urbana/Campustown
603 S. 6th St.  |  Champaign, IL 61820  |  (217) 344-1600
Block name: CEE at Illinois
$189+tax/services per night
Last day to book: April 20, 2022
Click here to book with TownePlace

Support the Project

Additional support is still needed to fully realize the project. Visit our building website to add your support to a named space or the building as a whole.

Alumni & Corporate Relations Contact

Keely Ashman
Assistant Director of Alumni & Corporate Relations 
1107 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab
205 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 333-6454

The CEE Office of Advancement is here to serve CEE at Illinois alumni and friends. We welcome your input and look forward to hearing from you!

For Corporate relations, e-mail is the most reliable contact method and will result in the quickest response.

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