EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville has dedicated the school’s new $52 million science building.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that dignitaries and legislators were on hand for Monday’s ceremony.
SIU President Glenn Poshard says the lack of a new science building has hampered the campus’ growth.
The new facility will be home to the school’s chemistry, biology and environmental sciences departments. It’ll also have 30-kilowatt solar array and other “green” energy features along with specialized research equipment.
The building was constructed after a decade of political wrangling.
Victoria Francis is a senior studying biochemistry. She says the new facility helps students perform more research and experiments.
The school plans to spend $30 million renovating the old science building. Work on that project is expected to begin next year.