On October 5, 1985, on the 50th anniversary of the University of Illinois Foundation , the University announced that the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation had donated $40M for the construction of a new interdisciplinary research building on campus. The gift was to be matched with a $10M appropriation by the state and $2M annual state funding to "help launch new and creative lines of scientific investigation".
It was decided to locate the new facility on the site of the University's first building, Old Main University Hall, and on October 10, 1986, ground was broken on the site, with the commissioning following a month later on November 13. Today the institute, with a 4-story atrium and more than 200 offices, serves as a model of interdisciplinary collaboration with more than 600 scientists from 30 departments working together on three main themes: Biological Intelligence, Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction, and Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures.
|Selected Images of the Beckman Institute|
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