Office of the Director: Facilities, Illinois State Water Survey

Office of the Director: Facilities


The Illinois State Water Survey completed a major construction program during 2006. A new building was constructed that added approximately 15,000 square feet of new space to the Water Survey Research Center (WSRC) located on the University of Illinois campus at 2204 Griffith Drive Champaign, IL.

The completion of the approximate $5,916,000 capital project to construct the new Building 11 and the provision for major upgrades to the infrastructure of the WSRC enhances the facilities for the Water Survey. The new building provides an enhanced facility that houses various research/service programs activities:

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Loading Dock and Shipping/Receiving. A new loading dock area equipped with a dock leveler system accommodates delivery trucks of various sizes. An expanded shipping/receiving area enhances the centralized location for those activities, mail processing, and publication sales.

NADP Research Room. Expanded space is now available for testing and repair of field equipment for more than 300 U.S. and Canadian sampling sites. The work area also is used for research and development of equipment to support NADP activities.

WARM Research Room. An enlarged research room provides space for maintenance, calibration, and repair of WARM program field equipment. The Water Survey is the primary agency charged with measurement and evaluation of various types of water and atmospheric resources data in Illinois.

CAS Research Room. Space in this area currently supports three simultaneous research projects for the Center for Atmospheric Science. The research room is adjacent to a shared electronics/calibration laboratory.

Field/Staging. The centralized location is now available to support various research/service programs. It also includes a large area to assemble, test, and prepare equipment prior to field use.

Shop. An enlarged shop now on the WSRC campus supports various research/service programs. Major upgrades to safety standards were incorporated into design of the shop layout.

Sediment Laboratory. This new state-of-the-art laboratory provides all sediment analysis services for Water Survey research. Recent addition of an x-ray defractor to the laboratory further will enhance sediment research capabilities by expanding the number of particle size breakpoints and determination of particle sizes between .0001 and .002 millimeters. Analysis time for size fractionations will be reduced substantially from hours to minutes, thereby increasing efficiency and removing research limitations.

Additional Research/Service Office Space. Two large open office areas available for assignment in the new building are adaptable for various Water Survey research/service programs. Currently 19 staff members from the Floodplain Mapping Program in the Center for Watershed Science occupy the offices. These program staff prepare digital Federal Emergency Management Agency and flood insurance rate maps for Illinois counties.

Conference Room Area. A conference room in the new building provides meeting space for internal and external meeting requirements.

Archival Storage. A climate-controlled archival storage room provides space to house and catalog research records. The electronic access system improves security and limits access to archived research records.

Illinois State Water Survey

2204 Griffith Dr
Champaign, IL 61820-7463

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