The UIC College of Dentistry building at 801 S. Paulina St. is undergoing a major infrastructure improvement project that began in March 2015, was interrupted for 22 months, and restarted in September, 2017. The project will renovate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, replace many older ceilings and lighting fixtures in the building, and will provide a sprinkler system which will result in a fully sprinklered building.
The work is a State of Illinois Capital Project, with the $20 million dollar cost paid for by state funds. The project involves the members of the State of Illinois Capital Board; UIC administration, as the “owners” of the building; and the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Dentistry as the "users" of the building. There will be up to 75 individuals working in different areas of the building at any given time, with contracting experts in demolition, ventilation, plumbing, electrical, fire safety, etc.
Scheduled for five phases over an originally planned 18-month period, the process will be vertical. When an area on the first floor is affected, the same space on the second, third, fourth, and fifth floors and basement will be affected as well. This is due to the fact that the air handling units in this building are connected vertically, rather than horizontally by floor.