The money will go towards replacing gutters and new planting beds on the outside of the building. It will have updates to its interior, including enhancements to the fire alarm system and new energy-efficient light fixtures.
The project is part of Governor Quinn's effort to create jobs in Illinois. The building will also have a new plaza deck membrane on the east side.
The state is investing $1.16 million. The university is contributing $261,488 to supplement the state funding. Mid-States General and Mechanical Contracting Corp. of Decatur was the lowest of three bidders.
This project is part of Governor Quinn's $31 Billion Illinois Jobs Now! The program is supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years.