Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host a grand opening today for its School of Engineering Building addition.
SIU President Glenn Poshard will join SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, Interim Provost Ann Boyle and School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim to cut the ribbon at 1 p.m.
Freshmen engineering students will launch a weather balloon to highlight the festivities. The student team designed and assembled the balloon’s payload to gather position, video and camera data. The goal is to photograph the curvature of the earth.
The ribbon-cutting signifies the completion of the expansion phase of the $14.2 million project and renovation to the SIUE Engineering Building. The project includes a nearly 32,000-square-foot annex connected to the existing award-winning Engineering Building through an enclosed bridge. The annex provides additional classrooms and computer laboratories, as well as office space.
The Engineering Building had reached its capacity, necessitating the new four-story, leading-edge addition. The new structure includes open spaces to show ductwork and other engineering-related design elements of the building to students studying those same elements. This will further enhance their educational experience.
The day will culminate with the school’s eighth annual awards banquet in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom. A 6 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner and the awards presentation.