Health science building breaks ground at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Chicago Construction News staff writer
Construction has started on a new health science building on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus. The $105 million building will provide groundbreaking educational opportunities in a state-of-the-art facility.
Construction, which is set to be completed by summer 2025, will connect two existing facilities into one structure, bringing together the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy. Funding is coming from the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital program, the largest capital plan in the State’s history.
“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,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement. “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.”
The 115,000 sq. ft. structure will accommodate new classrooms, research laboratories, teaching laboratories, study areas, a nursing simulation laboratory, and administrative offices. Additionally, the scope of work provides for the resurfacing of two existing parking lots, connecting sidewalks, and improving site circulation around the complex.