Citing the need to repurpose existing space to meet the needs of students, the SIU School of Dental Medicine has broken ground on the school's new simulation laboratory. The total cost of the proposed renovations comes to $9.5-million, and will be funded from University Plant funds, a $4.1-million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, donated funds, and equipment use fees.

The campus on College Avenue has seen a growing number of students over the years, and Rich Walker, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration, says they are at capacity right now.

Walker comments

He says this will be a practice lab, which is the place where students learn how to make teeth, take x-rays, and mix compounds.  Students should be using the facility in about a year and a half

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