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Campus Instructional Facility (CIF) Geothermal (In Progress)

Project History

  • 1/13/2021

    On Wednesday 01/13/2021, at 1:00 pm, Andrew Stumpf, Clarence Odom, and their team will conduct geothermal DTS measurements during a site visit.  

  • 9/5/2019

    Geothermal well drilling is underway for the Campus Instructional Facility project. As of 8/28, nine of 40 wells have been completed in compliance with the project stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).


When built, the University of Illinois Campus Instructional Facility (CIF) will be a four-story building dedicated to academic and classroom use. CIF will serve 31,000 students daily and will leverage sustainable design to decrease its carbon emissions. The ground source heat exchange system will consist of approximately 60 wells arrayed under the John Bardeen Quad. It will be designed to be expandable, with the ability to be connected to other buildings, allowing for multiple phases. This SSC grant covers approximately 13% of the cost of the geothermal system, and this building project is the first public-private partnership on campus. As the campus works towards being carbon neutral by 2050, this project will not only reduce UIUC’s reliance on fossil fuels, but pave the way for new construction projects to use geothermal systems on campus. 

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Qu Kim

    Project Leader:

    Dr. Liang Liu


Project Location(s)

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