With a mission to make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff and the future of SIU, the Southern Illinois University Foundation decided it was time for a new home to better carry on their mission. When complete, the 44,401 sf project will be the unofficial ‘front porch’ to the university as the site sits perfectly to open into the campus.
Designed in partnership with Design Works, this new multipurpose building makes a statement with a curved glass wall and colonnade as its entrance. The exterior features an intricate design combination of red brick, decorative block and EIFS cladding.
The design includes new offices for staff and faculty of the foundation, conference rooms, storage spaces and a new Welcome Center. The offices will feature warm wood elements, terrazzo flooring and tasteful usage of the SIU colors throughout. Large conference rooms and a c-suite will feature elegant mill work and trim.
Future students will walk through the Welcome Center on campus tours as they start their journey to become an SIU Saluki. In addition to being a student recruitment tool, the Welcome Center will be a multi-use space that the Foundation can use for their own fundraising and celebration events as well as rent for banquets, weddings, and other large events. This space is complete with a full catering kitchen.