Epstein provided full architectural and engineering services for a 215,000 square foot multi-purpose convocation center for Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Located on a 52-acre site adjacent to the current campus, the convocation center is envisaged as the focal point of the future 200-acre west campus.
The construction of Northern's Convocation Center marks the largest single capital improvement project in the university's 100-year history. The $38 million investment is not just an investment in a facility — the center marks a shift in perspective, a focus on the west campus as a new center for living and learning. The Convocation Center will anchor the future development of Northern's campus, providing the impetus for revitalized community surrounding the facility.
As the center for social, academic, and athletic events on campus, the Convocation Center is the single venue that can bring the university community together at one place and one time to share an experience: the very definition of community.