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U Of I’s $48 Million Siebel Center For Design On Schedule

The University of Illinois Engineering Department said their $48 million Siebel Center for Design construction project is progressing on schedule.

The Innovation Student Center will be home to brainstorming and design, while holding workshops for 3D printing and new technologies such as virtual reality.

Lead planner, David Weightmin, said the building will also have solar panel rooftops and be handicap accessible with a spiral in-door ramp.

"The future of the university, in a location like this, is going to be about innovation, creating enterprises, dealing with social issues, and economic development,” Weightmin said. “This is a facility that will enable us to move into that direction and allow us to do some interesting things."

This project comes after a $25 million donation from alumnus Thomas Siebel. The university then matched that dollar amount.

A groundbreaking is expected later this summer.

The center is slated to open in 2019.

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