One of the best things about IMSA that never changes is that we continue to change, not “change for change’s sake,” but change to keep learning, leading and innovating, change grounded in who we are and who we aspire to be. One area of big change on the horizon relates to upgrading our facilities.
For some time now, we have coped with an aging campus, an academic building much of which has not been renovated since the 1970s (before IMSA opened and occupied the then- closed facility), and residence halls in serious need of major rehabilitation. Thankfully, the State of Illinois has now made available approximately $10 million to renovate the exterior of our residence halls and fix our leaking roof.
Additionally, we have breaking news to share! Funding to renovate our antiquated upstairs science labs has made it through the pipeline and $3.6 million has been released by the State of Illinois. More details are forthcoming about this public-private partnership. Also, $50,000 will be invested this year to upgrade our wireless and wired capacity on campus, thanks to donations by alumni, parents and friends.
And with great excitement and anticipation, we can now announce a major gift from an alumnus to create an “Innovation Center” on campus, modeled in part after Chicago’s bustling 1871 co-working center for digital startups. The design and resources of this incubator space, an approximately 6,000 sq. ft. $2 million project, will immerse and support IMSA students and alumni, other Illinois students who participate in IMSA TALENT (Total Applied Learning for ENTrepreneurs) and local entrepreneurs in the life and work of startups. More on this in our spring issue of IMSA360.
Excerpt: From the President
IMSA Fund, "IMSA360: Fall/Winter 2013" (2013). IMSA Fund Reports. 35.