NICCS will be built on a 20-acre section of NIU’s far west campus, just north of the Convocation Center. The facility will be approximately 30,000 square feet and will include classrooms, laboratories and collaboration space for work with other Illinois Innovation Network partners.
The building itself will sit on three acres, while the remaining land in the 20-acre parcel will be used for greenhouses and research plots.
Architectural engineering and design will take place in 2019 and 2020, with construction taking place in 2021 and 2022. Parts of the building will be open for use by fall 2023.