Chicago Construction News staff writer
A $10.5 million grant was released last week for planning and design of a $105-million health sciences building at SIUE, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced at an event on campus.
“I’m so proud to be here today to launch the design phase of the brand new health science building here at the SIU Edwardsville campus,” said Pritzker. “Already, SIUE has made a name for itself in its health sciences programs, stretching from its standalone schools of pharmacy, nursing, and dental medicine to its programs in public health, exercise science, and nutrition—just to name a few.
“Upon completion, this state-of-the-art facility will build on the way these programs are integrated together, allowing students and professors to learn together across disciplines in a collaborative and cutting-edge space.”
The new three-story building will be located on the core campus and will include classrooms, specialized teaching and research laboratories, faculty offices, and student study space. The project includes planning and design for the building, which will house the School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing. Space currently occupied by the nursing program will be reallocated to meet the needs of other academic programs, particularly in the School of Education.
SIUE is also undertaking $3.6 million in state-funded water treatment related maintenance repairs.
The Rebuild Illinois capital plan was created with $45 billion in roads, bridges, railways, universities, early childhood centers and state facilities over the next six years, creating and supporting an estimated 540,000 jobs over the life of the plan and revitalizing local economies across the state.