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IBHE approves construction of residence hall, townhouses at UIS

August 17, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Following Illinois Board of Higher Education approval this week, two new building projects will begin at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Planning for a $15.8 million residence hall will start immediately and construction of six new townhouses will begin in October.

The 200-bed residence hall, the second on the UIS campus, will be located on Eliza Farnham Drive south of the existing townhouses and southwest of Lincoln Residence Hall.  A year-long planning process that includes engineering, architectural, and design phases will be followed by construction, beginning next spring. The hall is expected to be open by fall 2008. Funds for the project are available from proceeds from the future sale of Auxiliary Facilities Systems Revenue Bonds.

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The six new townhouses, set to open in 2007, comprise Phase III of the multi-phased housing project. Each will have four, four-bedroom units, for a total of 96 bedrooms in all and will be located west of Marigold Court and south of Foxglove Court near the existing townhouses.  When Phase III is completed, UIS will be able to accommodate 480 students in its complex of townhouses.

"Our residential campus is growing every year so this additional housing is critical to our future," said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. "This fall, more than 850 students will be living on campus, the most ever, and we have a waiting list. Expansion of the freshman class and enrollment of many more international students are contributing to the need," he said. "But we also have many older students who live in apartment-style housing on our campus."

The U of I Board of Trustees approved the building projects this summer. IBHE approval was necessary because both projects will be paid for with auxiliary funds. 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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