The Communications Building was constructed in 1964 to accommodate the programs of the College of Communications and Fine Arts and their growing technical needs as well as increased enrollment. This project will provide an addition to the existing Communications Building of approximately 60,000 square feet and provide additional infrastructure improvements as well as extensive remodeling to the existing building, equipment upgrades, and technology enhancements. The addition would provide new classroom space, fully equipped and flexible auditorium space, laboratory rooms, digital post-production suites, and reflect the growing trend toward media convergence in a combined broadcast-print newsroom.
Under the administration of the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB), the project was in design and scheduled to be bid in the spring of 2015. The budget impasse halted the project in May 2015. Funds are currently unavailable for construction.