EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Design and planning are underway for a new health sciences building at SIUE, thanks in part to efforts by state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, to secure millions in funding for the project in the historic Rebuild Illinois capital plan in 2019.
“I’m pleased that construction is moving forward for a new building to support the growing health sciences program at SIUE,” said Stuart. “This is a major investment that will enable our local university to better serve students’ needs as their program continues to expand beyond its current capacity.”
More than $10.5 million in state funding for the new health sciences building was released in Jan. 2020, allowing for the first phase of design to begin earlier this year. This initial portion of funding is approximately one-tenth of the project’s total cost included in the Rebuild Illinois capital program. Stuart supported the capital plan in 2019, and pledges to support continued investments in higher education institutions to keep students in state and ensure graduates are prepared to enter the workforce.
“This building project will have long-term positive impacts not only for SIUE students and faculty, but also for the future of our local economy,” said Stuart. “If we are able to provide greater learning opportunities to students interested in health and medical professions, that investment will pay off for years to come in our region.”