After traveling to campus this summer to sign legislation granting both SIU student trustees a vote, Gov. J.B. Pritzker returned Thursday — this time to announce a new initiative in health science education: funding for a new health sciences complex.
The $125.3 million health science complex will include the largest building on SIUE’s campus, at more than 221,000 square feet. It will house the nursing and pharmacy programs, as well as related health disciplines.
SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook said combining the space for the programs aims to synergize the health science fields.
“This design will help nursing, pharmacy and allied health disciplines to share instructional resources and foster collaboration between the programs,” Pembrook said.
These programs will be able to take advantage of nursing simulation laboratories, classroom space, new administrative offices and spaces devoted to studying.
The additional space will allow SIUE to admit more nursing students in an effort to help rectify Illinois’ nursing shortage.
Thursday’s announcement marked the beginning of a one-year design phase, which, according to Pembrook, will lead into approximately two years of construction.