The SIU-Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine is one step closer to renovations after the SIU Board of Trustees gave them the green light to develop plans and cost estimates on Thursday.

The initial plans call for the renovation of up to 16 research laboratories depending on the total cost of the project, which will not be finalized until, a consultant determines the extent of the work to be done and the estimated cost of the work. The plan for the final project, budget and awarding of contracts will require futher board action.

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