New ECE building project moves forward with release of state funds

Leaders of the University and the College of Engineering noted Electrical and Computer Engineering's distinguished history and look forward to the innovations that will stem from the new building.

By Tom Moone, ECE ILLINOIS

August 27, 2011

  • The plans for a new ECE building made a major step forward with the release of state funds for the project.
  • Leaders of the University and the College of Engineering noted the department's distinguished history and look forward to the innovations that will stem from the new building.
  • Once constructed, the building will contain 230,000 square feet of instructional, research, and office space.

The project to construct a new building for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made a major step forward with the recent release of state funds for the project by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. The release of the state funds, which was part of a capital bill signed by the governor in 2009, came after the University administration, led by University of Illinois President Michael Hogan, made the case for the importance of this new instructional and research facility to the campus and the state.

The state funds will provide $47.5 million toward the project. That is half of the $95 million cost to build what will be a major addition to the Urbana campus.

In addition to the state funding, the University to date has successfully secured $37.5 million in private support for this exciting and important project.

 

Read more about this new addition to a world-class academic program at the ECE Illinois Web Site:

http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=1367

Nick Holonyak, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is one of the most renowned Alumni Icons of his era, Read about his work to produce technologies that have literally transformed modern life at  http://www.uialumninetwork.org/article.html?aid=237