New CS building
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Starting in spring 2024, UIC students will learn computer science, data science, and engineering in a brand-new facility.
UIC’s computer science department now enrolls about 1,700 undergraduates — more than eight times the number enrolled 15 years ago. The department’s faculty, staff, and classes are presently spread across four buildings on the east campus.
The new 135,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified building will double the department’s capacity. It will include:
- 16,000 square feet of classroom space
- Undergraduate learning and community center
- Dry lab
- Robotics lab
- Flexible events space
- 21 faculty research labs
- Collaborative learning and teaching spaces
- A geothermal farm to assist with sustainable heating and cooling
The new computer science building is part of UIC’s campus master plan and supported by the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, including a $117.8 million allocation from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. It will be located at 850 W. Taylor Street, adjacent to the Memorial Grove. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on July 15, 2021, and the building will open in 2023.