Engineering and Innovation Building
The Engineering Innovation Building budget was approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees in November 2016, with the design and site plan approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2017. Since March, UIC staff have been working with architectural and engineering firms to develop construction plans and bid package specifications, with groundbreaking to occur before the end of 2017 and the building to be completed by spring 2019.
The building’s 50,000+ square feet will include space for three departments. Space for the Department of Chemical Engineering will include labs, classrooms, and office space for faculty and students moving from their current building, which is located off campus, east of the Dan Ryan Expressway. In addition, there will be new space for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. The building includes an option to incorporate the campus’s first high bay structural research lab as part of the building. Plans for the proposed High Bay Lab include strong floor, wind, and water testing capabilities to test multiple hazards simultaneously.