Two large state university construction projects were unveiled Wednesday. Construction will start at the end of this school year on the Advanced Chemical Technology Building (ACTB) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The $104 million project will be supported by a $64 million investment from state capital funds and is expected to create more than 200 construction jobs, in addition to 81 permanent campus jobs once the project is completed.
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The building will house select faculty from the chemistry, biology and physics departments and will support cutting-edge research.
In Moline, ground was broken for a new classroom building at Western Illinois University. The $42 million building will allow the university’s Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts and Communications programs to relocate to the Riverfront Campus. The 94,800-square foot building will create nearly 300 jobs and will be open in time for the 2014 fall semester.