Cancer Center Research and Innovation Building

The Cancer Center at Illinois is developing a state-of-the-art facility that will transform cancer research, detection, and treatment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and we need your input as we identify the needs of our new home. Help us by providing your feedback below.

Project Overview

The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) is developing plans for a Cancer Center Research and Innovation Building (CCRIB) that harnesses collaboration between CCIL researchers, administration, student scholars, and cancer survivors and transforms cancer research, detection, and treatment at the University of Illinois.

“The Cancer Center at Illinois is on the cusp of a significant evolution for our university’s ability to change how we conduct cancer research and influence the lives of cancer patients.”

Rohit Bhargava
Director, Cancer Center at Illinois

Design Process

The design process will adhere to the university’s master plan and Chancellor Jones’ strategic campus priorities and progress in several phases.

Phase I

In the initial data-gathering phase, the CCIL administrative team worked closely with the architectural design team and university Facilities & Services representatives to study the site and outline an understanding of the planned uses and goals for the building.

Phase II

The CCIL, in coordination with the Facilities & Services and the architectural design team, has solicited input from stakeholders in the CCIL and across campus for input on creating a facility that cultivates and inspires cancer research collaboration. This phase has included information-gathering meeting sessions, a hybrid town hall with CCIL members, weekly campus engagement sessions, and individual meetings with key campus leaders. Stakeholders can also provide feedback on the facility via the survey below.

Phase III

A conceptual option will be selected and architects will provide greater detail for campus related to costs and construction timelines.

Phase IV

The architectural team will provide a detailed conceptual plan for review and approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Building Location

The Cancer Center Research and Innovation Building will be located east of the Beckman Institute and west of the North Campus Parking Deck on the southwest corner of University Ave. and Mathews Ave. The precise footprint size and location of the new building are yet to be determined. The general location of the new building is highlighted in orange in the image below.

Project Timeline



The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) is included as a priority in the campus 2018-23 strategic plan and a building request is made by the Beckman Institute for a capital projects review.

May 2019

Cancer Center Research and Innovation Building (CCRIB) included in NCI CCSG application.



October 2020

Chancellor Robert Jones and Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Susan Martinis charge a planning committee for the new facility.

December 2020

A program statement is sent to Chancellor Jones’ Capital Review Committee (CCRC).



July 2021

CCRC approval given to proceed with the conceptual design.

January 2022

CCRIB is proposed in the NCI CCSG application.



July 2022

Chancellor Jones commits the university to CCRIB funding.

Sept. 2022 – Feb. 2023

Architectural firm review and selection.



February – July 2023

Data gathering and initial design concepts released by the architectural firm.

CCRIB Campus Engagement Survey

The CCIL needs your input as we work with Facilities and Services and an external architectural design team to identify the needs of our new facility. We have developed a survey questionnaire to solicit input regarding the new facility. Information gathered via this survey will help guide the next steps in the development of the building.

Contact Us

Have a question about the new facility? Send us a message via the form below or email or call us.