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UI Chicago Breaks Ground on $118M Computer Science Center

Governor JB Pritzker on Thursday joined University of Illinois leaders and other stakeholders to break ground on a new Computer Design, Research, and Learning Center (CDRLC) at the University of Illinois Chicago. The 135,000-square-foot CDRLC will provide facilities for research and innovation, while accommodating UIC’s rapidly increasing undergraduate enrollment in computer science.

Construction of the $118-million center is partially funded by a $98-million funding allocation from Rebuild Illinois.

The new building will create a hub for both engineering and computer science with a 1,200-square-foot robotics lab and 16,000 square feet of classroom space. That includes research areas comprised of 16 classrooms, 35 dry and specialty labs, collaborative teaching and learning spaces for undergraduate and graduate students, an undergraduate learning and community center; an auditorium; and a flexible events room. 

The CDRLC will be delivered on an accelerated schedule to meet the demands of the department, doubling its capacity by 2023.


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