Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013
SIU Unveils New Student Services Building
CARBONDALE -- Construction is nearly complete for the university's new student services building. It's a one-stop-shop, with many resources all under one roof.
The building holds 19 departments and more than 400 employees, helping both prospective and current students. The $36.6 million facility is more than three years in the making and is funded completely by student fees.
"State appropriation for buildings and construction has declined. There isn't as much money available," Chancellor Rita Cheng said.
It's a pivotal part of Cheng's mission at the school: to increase enrollment.
"It's about high quality learning, high quality staff, high quality spaces," Cheng enthused.
The building boasts banners inspired by the school, a chandelier at one entrance, as well as granite on some walls.
"This is a building that's built with very high quality materials, building that's intended to last a hundred years. It will also support a lot of foot traffic and visitors," Cheng added.
It's still under construction, with floors three and four slated to open by the end of the semester. The building will officially open on Homecoming Weekend at a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday. University officials say the project is on time and on budget.
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