Gov. Pat Quinn, pictured with with college President Georgia Costello, Ph.D. visited the Belleville Campus in March to announce funding, and unveil plans for, a $19.1 million addition to the Liberal Arts Building.
The project is being funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital investment program.
The construction, by Holland Construction Services, will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified and focus on green building materials, energy efficiency and reduction of environmental impact.
The 72,000-square-foot, three-story addition, designed by Ittner Architects, is being built on the west side of the existing LAB. There will be space for all English, reading, speech, literature, foreign language, philosophy, film studies and mass communications classes and faculty and a centralized Success Center and Testing Center. Target completion is December 2012.
For photos of the construction and to find out more about the expansion, check out the Liberal Arts Building Expansion Fast Facts.