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Community - Campus Day of Service

April 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 5th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kicked off National Volunteer Week with an inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service. Over 60 students, faculty and staff worked with six community partners on seven projects to complete pre-construction projects, community garden spring preparation projects, flyering in the community, reorganizing classrooms at Tap in Leadership Academy, cataloging choral literature, and preparing a Bee Garden. A big thank you goes out to all who helped on April 5!


Enriching perspectives through community engagement

Design Assistance and Construction

Design Studios in Landscape Architecture and Architecture address design and physical development aspects of buildings and sites. These projects include designs for community centers, affordable housing, senior housing, a light-rail transit node, and a farmers’ market.  In the mid 1990s, after the Emerson Park Development Corporation (EPDC) successfully lobbied to acquire a light-rail stop, studios assisted EPDC to envision transit-oriented development and develop housing prototypes. This initial effort ultimately resulted in the Parson’s Place development, now in its third phase.  More recently, an architecture studio worked with a faith-based organization to design a senior housing facility which assisted the organization in soliciting HUD and other funding.

Examples of Projects related to Design Assistance and Construction:

•    Sao Tome's Independence Plaza 2010
•    Neighborhood signs and pathway beautification in the Dayton Wedgewood Neighborhood, 2007
•    Eagle's Nest-assistance with site and building development
•    Opal's House building renovation
•    Interior and landscape renovations at Community Concepts
•    Farmer's Market
•    Emerson Park Blitz Build '98
•    Katherine Dunham Artisinal Village Hut Blitz Build '98
•    Community Center Design Proposals for Concerned Citizens of Precinct 12
•    Metrolink Light Rail
•    Illinois Avenue Playground

Last updated on 7/22/2011
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