EDWARDSVILLE — The state's capital construction program will pay $1.7 million to renovate the chiller plant at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday.
The plant provides air conditioning to buildings on the Edwardsville campus. The project will increase capacity, install a new pump, upgrade equipment and make other improvements.
Kane Mechanical of East Alton will do the heating and air conditioning portion, and Wissehr Electric of Belleville will do the electrical work.
Quinn said the project will improve the learning environment and employ construction workers, while SIU President Glenn Poshard said it will make "a real difference" on the campus.
"While a new air conditioning system may not be the most thrilling construction project in the university's history, this is a commitment to maintain the existing standard of a quality environment to attract and keep the great student body and faculty at SIUE," said state Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton).
The "Illinois Jobs Now" capital construction program includes $31 billion in infrastructure projects statewide over six years.