New CS building

rendering of new computer science building on Taylor Street, showing the Engineering Research Facility in the background

 

Starting in fall 2023, 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
  • 35 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 900 W. Taylor Street, adjacent to the Memorial Grove. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on July 15, 2021, and the building will open in 2023.

How's construction coming along?

Take a look at the construction site’s webcam to find out.

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