Illinois Valley Community College

Location: 815 N. Orlando Smith Avenue, Oglesby, IL

The main campus of Illinois Valley Community College was built along the bluffs of the Illinois River in 1972. While the main campus was under construction, classes were held in a group of 12 temporary buildings, some of which remain as part of the East Campus today. When originally built, the Main Campus consisted of 5 buildings connected via the main level and lower level and a separate gymnasium building. In 1979 the Cultural Center which houses the theater was built to the east of the main campus and connected to the main campus through a new main entrance link shortly thereafter. To aid in circulation within the buildings connecting links were built at a later date to connect the upper levels of the Main Campus. The original campus including the gymnasium building and cultural center is approximately 335,000 square feet in size.

In 1990 Basalay Cary & Alstadt Architects was hired by Illinois Valley Community College for the first time for a paving repair project. In the more than 20 years since, IVCC and BC&A have continued to work together on projects large and small. In addition to several pavement repair projects, BC&A has coordinated sidewalk replacement, street light upgrades, roof replacement for all flat roofs on campus, master planning, accessibility upgrades, and the layout of a new parking lot. In addition to exterior site work, many projects have been undertaken within the buildings such as new elevators, door replacement, stage curtain replacement, new stage lighting, and the replacement of the hallway display cases. Several large remodeling projects have been completed including the LRC, child care, restrooms and science labs.