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After a 3-year renovation project, 1 of the centerpiece buildings at the University of Illinois' main campus is reopening.

University officials say 101-year-old Lincoln Hall is reopening this fall. A ceremony marking the official reopening is planned for homecoming weekend in late October.

Some minor painting and finishing work still needs to be finished, but Associate Dean Joan Volkmann says she's stunned by the work on the building.

Biology faculty member Deb Biesler says the work restored what had been a beat-up building to its former glory.

But sophomore Matthew Marquez says some of the renovation was fancier than it needed to be.

The project has cost $65.6 million. The state paid for $57.3 million.

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