Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaking last week at the SIUE Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzkerspeaking last week at the SIUE Morris University Center MeridianBallroom.

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL—The state of Illinois will be providing morethan $10.5 million in planning funds to create preliminary designsfor a $105-million Health Science Building on the Southern IllinoisUniversity Edwardsville campus here.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the funding release lastweek at an event held at the Illinois University Edwardsvillecampus. The planned complex will total 221,000 square feet and oncecompleted will be the largest building on the campus.

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"With this investment, we're giving SIUE's current and futurestudents a world class education in a world class facility, andwe're providing employers with world class talent from one of ourstate's greatest institutions," Pritzker says.

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SIUE operates a School of Pharmacy, a School of Nursing, aSchool of Dental Medicine in Alton, and related health sciencesprograms in various disciplines to serve central and southernIllinois. Currently, the SOP is primarily located in threebuildings in University Park, while the SON is housed in AlumniHall within the campus core. The SDM will remain in Alton.

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The university has seen broad expansion of the health sciencesprogram in the Department of Applied Health, including exercisescience, kinesiology, nutrition and dietetics, public health, andspeech-language pathology and audiology. Additional programs ineducation, psychology and social work throughout the Universitysupport integrative learning opportunities for health servicesprofessionals on the core campus.

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"This new Health Science Building is an incredibly exciting stepforward, and will allow SIUE and the SIU System to expand itsleadership in health science education in southern Illinois andbeyond," said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. "Specifically, theadditional space will facilitate more simulation training,research, and allow growth in programs within nursing, pharmacy andrelated health science areas."

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Renovations are expected for the existing SOP buildings and thesurrounding proposed site in University Park, such as parking lotdesign and reconfiguration, and sidewalks, pathways and roadwayimprovements. The HSB will also include considerations for seismicloads and must achieve LEED silver, university officialsstated.

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The HSB will provide modern classrooms, teaching and researchlaboratories, faculty offices, administrative spaces, and studentresource and study spaces.

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