Marquette University's board of trustees on Thursday approved moving ahead on the first phase of a $100 million College of Engineering facility.
The school plans to break ground on a five-story, 100,000-square-foot building - the first of two buildings - in spring and begin occupying it in August 2011. The building will be on the campus at the southwest corner of W. Wisconsin Ave. and N. 16th St.
A second, 150,000-square-foot building eventually will be connected to the five-story building.
The timeline for construction of the second building depends on how quickly $32 million of remaining funding is raised.
"The university has more than $68 million of the projected $100 million cost of the total projects pledged and will continue aggressive fund raising in order to complete the entire project as soon as possible," Marquette President Robert A. Wild said.
The school has $25 million of that $68 million in hand, with another $10 million scheduled to come in during the next two years, he said.