Wednesday's blustery weather didn't conjure up thoughts of construction, but Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, administrators, lawmakers and developers conducted a ground breaking ceremony for the new Science Building Complex on the SIUE campus.
The project, with a price tag of $78.9 million, calls for the construction of a new science building in addition to renovations of the current facility.
A new science facility has been on the university's wish list for many years.
Last year, the Illinois General Assembly pledged its support of the addition to and renovation of the facility as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! bill, the passage of which was one of Quinn's first tasks when he took over the office following the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich.
The SIU system, which includes the Edwardsville, Alton, Carbondale and Springfield campuses, is set to receive a total of $168.1 million in capital funding from the state, according to a university press release.