The Executive Committee of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has awarded more than $9.7 million in contracts to four Illinois companies and two Missouri companies for the Engineering Building expansion and renovation on the SIU Edwardsville campus. The project will begin in spring 2012 with targeted completion during summer 2013.
The expansion will incorporate a new building providing approximately 32,000 square feet of space and connect to the existing facility via an enclosed bridge. Additional offices, classrooms, and teaching and research space will be created to accommodate the more than 1,200 engineering students currently enrolled in SIUE's engineering programs, including: civil engineering, computer science, construction, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and industrial engineering. The renovations include moving some offices and classrooms into the new building and then renovating the vacated space entirely into engineering laboratories.
Funding will come from the University Plant Funds for the new construction and Facilities Fee revenues for the renovation work.
"This is another exciting step forward toward completing our $300 million plan to improve facilities, further underlining the University's strong commitment to enhancing the educational experience for our students," SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said. "Our relationships with local and regional businesses make that possible."
The contracts were awarded to:
"This extension was absolutely necessary to cope with the growth we have been experiencing during the last few years," said SIUE School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim. "The new classrooms and laboratories will provide a much more conducive environment for effective teacher-student interaction that is so essential in educating today's engineers. The construction of the new annex will be another cornerstone event in the history of the School for its continued efforts to become the center of engineering in the region."
The approved project budget for the new construction is $12.6 million, and the approved project budget for the renovation is $1.6 million for a total project cost of $14.2 million.
Other projects that are part of the University's $300 million expenditures include improvements to the Science Building, the Art and Design Building, the Vadalabene Center expansion, Korte Stadium, Cougar Village, the SIU School of Dental Medicine and the SIUE School of Pharmacy.