CARBONDALE — Work on SIU Carbondale’s $36 million Student Services Building is entering the home stretch, but staff won’t be in place in time for the start of the fall semester next month.
Chancellor Rita Cheng said Monday work is progressing fine, but with so many pieces left to put in place, university employees who will be working out of the new facility won’t be able to settle in by the start of the school year.
“They are doing great work; they’ve got furniture and other fixtures they are installing. We are not pushing to get in before classes start,” Cheng said. “We know we can’t get everyone in, and I want people focused on the students, not on moving in. So, we’ve agreed to manage for the first couple of weeks in our old locations.”
Work on the new building began last year. The building stands where the old double-decker parking garage once existed.
The facility was conceived and designed as a central location for students to take care of all necessary admissions work, as well as related services.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration is tentatively planned for SIU’s Family Weekend, Sept. 27-29.
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