Science Building West ribbon cutting to be held Nov. 4

SIUE will celebrate the completion of the new science building – Science Building West – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week.

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at a press conference earlier this year regarding funding for renovations to the old Science Building.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 3 p.m., Nov. 4, followed by a tour of the new facility.

The $52 million project was funded by the Illinois State Capital Development Board as a component of Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Works Project. Construction began in September 2010 and was completed in time for the current semester. Science Building West houses biological sciences, chemistry and environmental sciences and includes 20 new teaching labs, 49 research labs and 65 faculty offices. There are also vivarium (small animals) and aquaria (small aquatic) rooms.

The building features upgraded labs, additional space and energy-efficient components, as well as a full-scale microscope room and instrument rooms.

Science Building West also boasts Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the silver level – the second highest level. Components of the building that warranted the green certification include low-flow water fixtures and solar panels on the roof, among other items.

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