New Academic Building - Commissioning Services

Southwestern Illinois Community College

Belleville, Illinois


Southwestern Illinois College is a 474,884-square-foot, seven-building educational facility constructed in 1971, and is the largest community college in the state outside of Chicago. To ease overcrowding, allow for expansion of existing programs, and address space needs for new programs, a new classroom facility was constructed at the Belleville campus. This project was the first of a series of construction projects as outlined in the campus’ Master Site Plan, a 10 to 20-year look into the future.

The 46,000-square-foot Liberal Arts Building, which is located on the west side of the Information Sciences Building, serves approximately 4,500 students and 248 Liberal Arts Division class sections. The facility features 16 new classrooms equipped with the latest technology, faculty offices, computer lab, an expanded Barnes and Noble bookstore, loading dock and receiving area, and adjacent 120-space parking lot.

The scope of Henneman Engineering’s work consisted of a full four-phase commissioning of the Liberal Arts Building, including commissioning the design phase, construction phase, and building delivery. Commissioning services  included equipment review, on-site inspection of equipment installation, organization of contractor compliance with the mechanical specifications, final onsite testing to insure the proper performance of the equipment, and verification of Owner training. Each phase of the commissioning process was explained in detail to the facility management, contractors, and Capital Development Board Project Manager. Numerous onsite meetings were held to coordinate the commissioning process with the contractors. The scope of work provided for reporting and documentation requirements confirming the building meets design specifications and drawing requirements.

Completion Date

Square Feet
46,000 square feet

Total Construction Budget