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Construction to Begin on WIU Entrance Sign

August 15, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 19 on a new grand entrance sign on the Western Illinois University campus.

Leander Construction of Canton will begin constructing the new Western Illinois University sign at the U.S. Route 67 and University Drive intersection. The $420,900 project is funded through Student Facility Enhancement fees. The Student Government Association approved the expenditure for the project at its April 16 meeting.

The Campus Master Planning Committee worked with Farnsworth Group to complete a design for a landmark sign that designates a prime entrance to the Macomb campus.

According to Jerry Scott, Facilities Management construction project coordinator, the new sign ties in architectural features from Sherman Hall, including the "Western brick blend," stone quoins (masonry angles) and a sphere to provide a sense of consistency and cohesiveness between the main landmark and the entrance.

"This sign and other projects included in the campus master plan are about making an impact and establishing a strong first impression. The new grand entrance sign lets visitors know they have arrived at Western Illinois University and draws them into our campus," noted WIU President Jack Thomas. "We are pleased that construction will soon be underway, and we look forward to the finished project."

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