Construction on the new Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) campus health science building has begun. Announced by Governor JB Pritzker, the US$105 million building will provide groundbreaking educational opportunities in a state-of-the-art facility. The building construction is set to be completed by summer 2025. It will seamlessly connect two existing facilities at 200 and 220 University Park Drive into one structure. This will weave together the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy. The bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital program has funded the project, the most extensive capital plan in the State’s history.
What The new Southern Illinois University health science will feature
The 115,000-square-foot health science building will accommodate new classrooms, research laboratories, teaching laboratories, and a study area. Furthermore, a nursing simulation laboratory, and administrative offices. Additionally, the scope of work provides for resurfacing two existing parking lots, connecting sidewalks, and improving site circulation around the complex. The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) will oversee the design and construction in accordance with the protocol for state-appropriated projects.
“As we make college tuition more affordable for students, we are also investing in university facilities, ensuring these engines of success for local economies are running at their best. With today’s groundbreaking at SIUE, we usher in a new era for Southern Illinois and its world-class university, with greater access to quality education and first-rate healthcare. Together, we are building a more prosperous future for the students, faculty and families of this region.” Governor JB Pritzker said.
“This groundbreaking is the culmination of an enormous commitment by so many. However, it is important to recognize two important groups who are making this day possible. Our university leadership and our students who are committed to the programs that will be housed in this building will produce the next generation of leaders in various fields of health care professions like nursing and pharmacy that will train here,” said SIUE President, Dan Mahony.