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ISU Science Labs Get $4.2M In State Renovation Money

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Fume exhaust systems in Illinois State University's Science Labs will be replaced and rehabbed with state capital funding.

Illinois State University will get $4.2 million to improve science lab safety. The Capital Development Board has released the money for fume hood exhaust system renovation.

The project includes removing and replacing about 165 existing fume hood exhaust air valves, controllers, around 80 terminal units, and associated stand-alone pneumatic controls. Also included is the installation of new sash sensors, fume hood displays on about 205 existing fume hood workstations.

“The replacement of fume hoods in our campus science laboratories is a vital step in maintaining the highest standards of health and safety for our students, faculty, and staff,” said Illinois State University President Larry Dietz.

“We greatly appreciate this project being part of the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan. The experience gained in our campus laboratory facilities helps Illinois State students develop critical STEM-based knowledge and skills needed in their field of studies as well as future career opportunities.”

“It is the duty of elected officials to provide young people with the tools and resources they need to shape their future and achieve their dreams,” said Gov. JB Pritzker.

State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said projects like this are why lawmakers worked to pass a statewide capital plan. State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, agreed the money is welcome and overdue.

“As member of the House Higher Education Committee, I hear all too often the needs of our university system, and I'm thankful we’re making the necessary investments to our education facilities,” said Brady.

The Rebuild Illinois capital plan passed in 2019 with bipartisan super-majorities and will invest $45 billion in infrastructure over the next five years. Proponents say it will create and support an estimated 540,000 jobs over the life of the plan.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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