Ribbon-cutting, Grand Opening: WIU-QC Riverfront Phase II

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

MOLINE, IL – Beginning at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, the official ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront campus Phase II will be held in the parking lot near the QC Complex Atrium.

Gov. Pat Quinn has been invited to participate in the celebration. State and federal legislators, community leaders and University officials will take part in the ceremony, followed by tours of the Phase II facilities.

Members of the general public attending the Sept. 3 event must park at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive in Moline. Shuttle service will be provided to the Riverfront campus every 15 minutes from noon-4 p.m.

The 94,800 square foot Phase II complex houses academic programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services and Fine Arts and Communication, as well as the US Bank Writing Center, testing center, academic advising and student services. The new buildings also house programs and services from the current WIU-QC 60th Street campus, including the library and classes offered through the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center.

In 2003, a donation from Deere & Company of 20 acres of land on the Moline riverfront provided the stimulus for an expanded WIU-Quad Cities campus. Six years later, Gov. Quinn announced the renovation of approximately 60,000 square feet of space for the WIU-QC Riverfront campus. The funding was part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan.

The first building on the Riverfront Campus, which is the former John Deere Tech Center and now called Riverfront Hall, opened January 2012 and supports the College of Business and Technology, including the School of Engineering and WQPT-Quad Cities public television.