U of I breaks ground on new engineering building

October 8, 2011

The Associated Press

Officials have broken ground for a new $95 million engineering building at the University of Illinois that the school says will be the world's largest to produce as much energy as it uses.

Gov. Pat Quinn, university President Michael Hogan and others attended a ceremony at the Urbana-Champaign campus Friday at the site of the new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 2014.

The state is providing $47.5 million of the cost while the university will cover the rest. Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the university needs about $10 million more to cover its half of the cost.

The 230,000 square-foot building will include a 400-seat auditorium.