Turner Hall was my home away from home for four years as an undergrad Agronomy major. I still utilize those things I learned 20 years ago. Turner Hall is the face of Illinois Agronomy and our investment in this renovation will allow us to better recruit top talent, create a great learning environment and utilize the latest tools in teaching our future leaders.
Member Turner Hall Project Committee,
'94 BS Agronomy; '01 MS Crop Science
We're close to reaching our goal. Gifts of all sizes are still needed to complete the transformation.
Phase I Construction Completed
Phase I of the Turner Hall Project transformed the crop science and soil science laboratories into 21st-century learning environments. Undergraduate courses are taught in these two new laboratories. Donors have funded a two story renovation of the west lobby. In total, Phase I renovated 7136 sq. feet. ACES students often make defining choices about majors and careers based on their experiences in classes held in these Turner Hall labs. These renovated spaces allow for active learning, utilizing new technologies. Launched in 2012, the renovation of the dry and wet labs is now complete. The Dow AgroSciences Crop Sciences Laboratory and the Monsanto Soil Science Laboratory welcomed students for the first time in fall 2015.
Monsanto Soil Sciences Laboratory
This space is primarily used to teach College of ACES soil sciences undergraduate courses. The new soils science laboratory, covering more than 1800 sq. feet, includes:
Active learning laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art technology
Flexible seating and laboratory work surfaces to enhance learning of diverse skills
Improved safety features, including a shower, eye-wash stations, a bio-safety cabinet, pass-through fume hood and sprinkler system
Customized soil core storage and lab preparatory room
Dow AgroSciences Crop Sciences Laboratory
This classroom is primarily used to teach crop sciences, entomology, and weed science undergraduate courses. The new crop sciences lab, encompassing 1800 sq. feet includes:
Active learning laboratory equipped with the state-of-the-art technology
Flexible demonstration and experimentation learning centers
Improved safety features
Phase II – Additional laboratories and classrooms
Phase II construction begins May 2017 and will conclude September 2018. This 38,377 sq ft, three floor renovation will fully transform classrooms on the first and second floors of Turner Hall, as well as advanced laboratories in the basement. Transformed classrooms will feature new technologies, state-of-the-art equipment, new flooring, HVAC and lighting. With a designation of campus funds from the Provost, additional renovations to shared student spaces will be possible, hallways and the north annex of turner hall will also be included in Phase II. A new computer lab, new “smart” classroom, new conference room and four student collaboration areas are planned in Phase II.